What you need to know to watch the ‘Lord of the Rings’ show

If you’re like us, you’re getting ready to see the brand new Prime Video series Rings of powerbased on JRR Tolkien’s epic world of Middle-earth from Lord of the Rings. Despite the new program’s title, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is not a direct adaptation of Lord of the Rings books. Instead, it is taken from the books’ appendices, as well as from Tolkien’s Silmarillion.

That material is much less known than the most important Lord of the Rings story. So before Rings of power premieres, you might want some background on what the show is drawn from and the characters, stories, and ideas it’s likely to explore. That’s exactly what our latest Lord of the Rings video is about. In it, we break down thousands of years of fictional Middle-earth history in under 11 minutes. That’s all you need to know before Rings of power premiere. See it below:

If you liked our video, it will bring you up to date on everything Lord of the Rings before the premiere of Rings of powerwatch more of our videos below, including our look at all kinds Lord of the Rings trivia, our breakdown of all the things you didn’t know about The Hobbitand our full explanation of another classic work of epic fantasy fiction, Dune. Plus, there’s tons more out there ScreenCrush’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to see all of our future episodes. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres on Prime Video on September 1.

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