The Trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Is Here and Extremely Epic

If we thought we’d gotten a good glimpse at Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power before, well, we were wrong. The new trailer, just released at San Diego Comic-Con, is absolutely packed with new footage—including a serious look at a familiar enemy.

Say hello to Sauron, everybody! The trailer is filled with contrast: wars ending, piles of helmets, days of light, hours of darkness. There’s such a sense of people seeing the edge of a beautiful moment—and having it ripped away. It’s not just the first mention (and view) of Sauron, but so many familiar enemies: orcs! a balrog! A creepy-looking fellow who can’t possibly be up to any good! And some gorgeous moments, including that flowering tree, a sword made of shadows, and a moment that’ll get me in the heart every time: warriors clasping arms.

There’s still not a lot of sense of plot, though the SDCC panel may offer a few more hints.

If the music sounds appropriately epic, there’s a reason for that: Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore has returned to provide the show’s main theme, and Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead) composed the rest of the show’s music.

The skies are strange and the days will dim when The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres September 2nd on Prime Video.


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