Screams in the void, armies on the march, tiny figures in waistcoats wandering in a desolate desert. Either the gloves really came off in the Tory leadership contest or this is the first proper trailer for Amazon’s billion-pound Lord of the Rings prequel The Rings of Power .
The answer, fortunately, is that it is the last. The other good news is that, after a number of confusing teaser snippets, Amazon’s first detailed look at the blockbuster, which arrives September 2, suggests it will be more than just a cynical exercise in flattering fans. Tolkien’s novels and Peter Jackson’s film. trilogy. It feels like a proper TV series, with richly drawn characters, multi-faceted storylines, and production values to make the average Marvel tentpole look like a Channel 5 soap opera.
Even by the standards of a global mega-corporation, Amazon has been super secretive about The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power – which is adapted from the Lord of the Rings appendices and will chronicle the events leading up to the forging of the eponymous magic rings that were going to wreak 50 shades of havoc on Middle-earth.
There aren’t many Lenny Henrys in the new trailer. He plays a Harfoot – a race of “proto-hobbits” migrating across Middle-earth to their future home of the Shire. We are, however, reintroduced to the elven wizard Galadriel (Morfydd Clark), who warns his fellow half-elf Elrond (Robert Aramayo) that the forces of evil are stirring.
It’s a reference to Sauron, who started out as the original super-villain Morgoth’s henchman – a kind of Darth Vader to Morgoth’s Emperor Palpatine. He is thrown into the abyss with Morgoth at the end of the First Age and believed defeated forever. In the Rings of Power, he is back.