Is Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power based on a book?

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The Lord of the Rings series The Rings of Power is hours away from hitting our screens, and we are so ready for it.

The brand new Amazon Prime series, which will take place thousands of years before the events of Peter Jackson’s film trilogy, is said to be one of the most expensive ever made.

It takes place before the events of The Hobbit and the original series of the Lord of the Rings stories, during the Second Age of Middle-Earth, before the Fellowship and even before the rings of power were ever created. 

The show stars His Dark Materials’ Morfydd Clark and Game of Thrones’ Robert Amarayo as elves Galadriel and Elrond, along with Sir Lenny Henry, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo and Maxim Baldry.

While LOTR fans may already know the world of Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf, the prequel series is set years away, but is it based on JRR Tolkien’s books?

The Rings of Power is not based on one singular book of Tolkien’s, but actually, on notes he made across many of them.

Morfydd Clark plays elf Galadriel (Picture: Amazon Prime Video)

It will be based on the appendices of JRR Tolkien’s The Lords of the Rings novels, as well as The Silmarillion, Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-Earth.

The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King and The Hobbit, all hold the stories of The Rings of Power in their margins.

Robert Aramayo as Elrond, who was played by Hugo Weaving in the movies (Picture: Twitter/LOTRonPrime)

Showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay previously teased: ‘This is a title that we imagine could live on the spine of a book next to J.R.R. Tolkien’s other classics.

‘The Rings of Power unites all the major stories of Middle-earth’s Second Age: the forging of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic tale of Númenor, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. 

‘Until now, audiences have only seen on-screen the story of the One Ring – but before there was one, there were many… and we’re excited to share the epic story of them all.’

The synopsis for the show was unveiled in January this year, teasing that ‘heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history’ will be introduced.

‘This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness,’ the summary stated.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power begins on Amazon Prime on September 2.

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