The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, you should know that it takes place during the second age of Middle-earth, when the 19 rings were forged and given to elves, dwarves and humans. Wait, how many calling now? Wasn’t it just the one ring that ruled them all? Time for a JRR Tolkien Middle-earth refresher course.
And at the same time you could read the whole Lord of the Rings book series, The Hobbit novel and all the appendices, on which The Rings of Power is based, it can be faster just watching the movies. Although many filmmakers have adapted Tolkien’s work over the years (shout out to the trippy, 1978 animated Ralph Bakshi Lord of the Rings), no one has done it as completely as Peter Jackson, who directed six films in two trilogies dedicated to the events of Middle-earth. He even won a couple of Oscars for doing it.
Unfortunately, Jackson is not involved The Rings of Power. The new TV series also takes place before The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, so it doesn’t have the same cast and doesn’t feature many of the characters that audiences know and love from the movies. But if you’re looking to re-immerse yourself in the lore of the world, including what the deal is with all those rings, the movies are a great way to jog your memory (or introduce yourself for the first time).
All can be found on HBO Max if you subscribe, and for now at least Lord of the Rings movies are available on Netflix. Otherwise, it’s up and running to rent them on Amazon Prime Video, there The Rings of Power life.