Hollywood is gearing up for next week’s San Diego Comic-Con – the first in-person edition of the hugely popular and influential convention since the pandemic. Prime Video decided that it was the right time to release a new teaser trailer of about two and a half minutes for its upcoming series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, It feels very much in the spirit of JRR Tolkien’s novels and Peter Jackson’s classic film trilogy.
The first teaser for the new eight-part series landed during the Super Bowl in February and gave us some of the eye-popping visuals of the quality world-building we can expect. According to the official description:
This epic drama takes place thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien hobbit And The Lord of the Rings, and will transport audiences back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and doomed, impossible heroes tested, hope hung by the finest threads, and the greatest villain ever Tolkien used to flow from the pen, had threatened to cover the whole world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they face the long-apprehensive re-emergence of evil on Middle-earth. From the deepest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Linden, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Nmenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve legacies that live on for a long time. They are gone.
The larger ensemble cast includes Morphid Clark as a young Galadriel, “a stern warrior now leading the northern armies,” determined to hunt down her brother’s killer. She sails into the ocean with a new character named Halbrand (Charles Vickers). All we know about him is that he is “running away from his past.” Charles Edwards plays Celebribor, whom hardcore LOTR fans will recognize as the elf Smith who created the legendary rings.
Robert Aramayo plays a younger version of Elrond—”a cunning young elven architect and politician.” (Aramayo also played the young Edward Stark game of Thrones.) and Maxim Baldry will play the infamous Isildur, Aragorn’s ancestor who eventually defeated Sauron but fell victim to the corrupting power of the One Ring.
Among other new characters, Sofia Nomvat plays the dwarf princess Disa, and Orwen Arthur plays Prince Durin IV, but there’s no indication of what their relationship might be. Ismail Cruz Cordova plays a sylvan elf named Arondir, and Nazanin Boniadi plays his love interest, Bronvin, a single mother who has been described as “the healer of a human village”.
There is also a breed of hobbits known as harfoots, which mostly try to hide and keep to themselves. But two curious young hobbies, Poppy Proudfellow and Nori Brandyfoot (played by Megan Richard and Markella Kavenagh, respectively), are more daring and somehow encounter “a mysterious lost man whose origins claim to be one of the show’s enticing questions.” promises.” He’s probably The Stranger (Daniel Wayman). Other characters include the dwarf king Durin III (Peter Mulan). The streaming platform has yet to reveal who will play Sauron.