J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved Middle-earth is about to embark on a new adventure, but this time on streaming screens. Amazon’s upcoming series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, dives into the Second Age, thousands of years before Frodo and the One Ring. Prepare to meet a younger, fiercer Galadriel, played by Morfydd Clark, on a quest fueled by a looming darkness she believes no one else sees.

Beyond Cate Blanchett’s ethereal queen, this Galadriel is a warrior, castaway, and survivor. Thrown adrift in a raging sea, she encounters Halbrand (Charlie Vickers), a mysterious new character entangled in her destiny. Their entwined stories are just two threads in this ambitious tapestry, aiming to become a global phenomenon on par with Game of Thrones.

But can it live up to the legacy? Tolkien’s world holds immense power but also carries the weight of high expectations. Amazon’s gamble is significant, with an estimated $1 billion+ budget for five seasons, making it the most expensive TV series ever made.

Driven by Jeff Bezos’s deep Tolkien obsession, the series pushes boundaries like no other. It delves into uncharted territory within Tolkien’s vast appendices, adding to and potentially amending established lore. Showrunners Patrick McKay and JD Payne acknowledge the immense pressure, juggling 22 stars and storylines across diverse locations like dwarf mines, elven kingdoms, and human islands.

At the heart of it all lies the forging of the Rings of Power. This series delves into the creation of these legendary artifacts, their impact on different races, and ultimately, the rise of Sauron. McKay poses the crucial question: “Can we come up with the novel Tolkien never wrote and do it as the mega-event series that could only happen now?”

The journey began with a pivotal scene: Galadriel’s struggle at sea. Filming in New Zealand in March 2020, the crew was unaware of the impending global pandemic about to unfold. As tensions rose, Morfydd Clark delivered a powerful performance, embodying Galadriel’s determination to fight. This moment, despite the surrounding chaos, became a beacon of hope, reaffirming the power of Tolkien’s world to unite and inspire.


The Rings of Power carries the weight of high expectations, both creative and financial. Will it capture the magic of Tolkien’s vision and become a global phenomenon? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: this ambitious series is set to make a splash in the fantasy realm.