The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power release time and schedule revealed

One of the most hotly anticipated television shows of the last few years is nearly upon us, and although we already knew that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was going to be released in early September 2022 on Prime Video, we now have more detail on the release time and the release schedule for the epic fantasy show.

The TV series, which is based on the works of JRR Tolkien, and is reported to be one of the most expensive television series ever made, will arrive on our screens at 2am on September 2nd in the UK, that’s a slightly more sociable 9pm Eastern Time on September 1st for those in the US. The show will be launched globally on Prime Video, Amazon’s streaming service, and so you should be able to see it wherever you live sometime on 2nd September at the latest.

The show will begin with two episodes, with the remaining six episodes of the eight-episode series arriving every Friday at 12am ET on Prime Video (that’s 5am every Friday morning for UK fans, so set your alarm clock!). Therefore, anyone hoping to binge the whole series in one go will have to wait, as Amazon is choosing to drip feed this series, perhaps to coincide with the weekly excitement of House of the Dragon episodes on HBO/ Sky in what promises to be an autumn of brilliant fantasy action for TV fans.

Set thousands of years before the events of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, both of which have been committed to film in recent decades by Peter Jackson, The Rings of Power covers the major events of Middle-earth’s Second Age including the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the fall of the island kingdom of NĂșmenor, and the last alliances being forged and broken between Elves and men.

Episode one of the show will be called The Shadow of the past and is directed by J. A. Bayona. There are currently no details about the names of the episodes that follow.

Here’s a look at the trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: