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With the series due in September, we’re getting a new look at ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ via the latest trailer.

This new adaptation of Tolkien’s sprawling fantasy novels comes courtesy of J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who have writing credits on movies including ‘Star Trek Beyond’. ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s JA Bayona is involved as an executive producer and director along with fellow director Charlotte Brändström.

‘The Rings of Power’, according to the showrunners, 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.

The “Second Age” refers to a long period in the history of Middle Earth that ends with the defeat of Sauron and precedes Tolkien’s book and Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy, which take place during the Third Age. The titular Rings of Power were forged in this era and 19 of them were given to elves, dwarves, and humans to incentivize them to support Sauron’s reign.

The One Ring, which figures so heavily into the plot of the original trilogy is the most powerful of the 20 (it’s what Frodo and the gang travelled all that way to destroy). The official description mentions an evil even greater than Sauron, which probably points Morgoth, a god-like creature who tried to rule Middle-earth – and that had Sauron serving as his general.

Morfydd Clark (Galadriel), and Benjamin Walker (High King Gil-galad)in Prime Video's 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.'

(L to R) Morfydd Clark (Galadriel), and Benjamin Walker (High King Gil-galad)in Prime Video's 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.' Photo Credit: Ben Rothstein/Prime Video. Copyright: Amazon Studios.

This latest footage offers the first glimpse at characters including Isildur (Maxim Baldry), Elendil (Lloyd Owen), Pharazôn (Trystan Gravelle), and Queen Regent Míriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson).

Also featured are key cast members Galadriel (Morfydd Clark), Elrond (Robert Aramayo), High King Gil-galad (Benjamin Walker), the Harfoots Marigold Brandyfoot (Sara Zwangobani), Elanor ‘Nori’ Brandyfoot (Markella Kavenagh), Poppy Proudfellow (Megan Richards) and Sadoc Burrows (Sir Lenny Henry), The Stranger (Daniel Weyman), the Dwarves King Durin III (Peter Mullan) and Prince Durin IV (Owain Arthur), Halbrand (Charlie Vickers), and Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova).

The teaser trailer highlights some of the realms viewers will visit over the course of the eight-part series, including the Elven realms of Lindon and Eregion, the Dwarven realm Khazad-dûm, the Southlands, the Northernmost Wastes, the Sundering Seas, and the island kingdom of Númenór.

There’s plenty of talk about the darkness potentially rising again, and the danger that it promises, though some of the characters seem convinced that it’s all in the past and that everyone should be looking towards the future. Of course, it wouldn’t be much of a TV series if the refuseniks were right, and nothing bad was on the way.

Plus, a comet soaring across the sky and crashing to the ground is surely a portent of bad things on the horizon.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ will launch on Prime Video on September 2nd, with new episodes debuting weekly.

Sara Zwangobani (Marigold Brandyfoot), Markella Kavenagh (Elanor ‘Nori’ Brandyfoot), Megan Richards (Poppy Proudfellow), Beau Cassidy, and Dylan Smith (Largo Brandyfoot) in Prime Video's 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.'

(L to R) Sara Zwangobani (Marigold Brandyfoot), Markella Kavenagh (Elanor ‘Nori’ Brandyfoot), Megan Richards (Poppy Proudfellow), Beau Cassidy, and Dylan Smith (Largo Brandyfoot) in Prime Video's 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.' Photo Credit: Ben Rothstein/Prime Video. Copyright: Amazon Studios.