Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power trailer reveals season two release date

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was both extremely successful and extremely divisive in the LOTR fan community. (Separate question, has any recent adaptation or new content in a beloved franchise not been divisive? Thoughts for another time.) Lots of people whined about how Amazon should just trash the first season and start over, but clearly that was never going to happen. What is happening is that season two of The Rings of Power has its first trailer and an August 29 release date.

I’m a pretty big Lord of the Rings fan and found season one enjoyable if not essential, but I like the looks of how things are ratcheting up here for season two. We get plenty of teases of epic battles and creepy creatures as Sauron reveals himself and begins to tighten the noose on all of Middle-earth; there are also looks at him in his “fair” form as he forges the titular Rings of Power with Celebrimbor.

Amazon says the first three episodes will arrive on August 29, with subsequent entries following every week. Like the first season, this one will consist of eight episodes total.

This announcement comes less than a week after Warner Bros. Discovery announced it would release a new live-action Lord of the Rings film in theaters in 2026. Tentatively titled The Hunt for Gollum, the film is directed by and will star Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. That project will be set in the same universe that Jackson built, while Amazon’s series is an entirely separate entity. There is some shared DNA, though — the first season of The Rings of Power was shot in New Zealand, like Jackson’s films, and composer Howard Shore wrote the main credits theme for Amazon’s show after scoring all six of the Middle-earth films.

Oh, and Lego just dropped this incredible Barad-Dur set — it’s a big week for Lord of the Rings across the board!

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