Since it was first announced in 2017 that Amazon had bought the rights to produce a TV series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, there has been a growing mixture of nervous trepidation and excited anticipation.
The franchise, whether that’s the original books or Peter Jackson’s film series, is one of the most beloved in all of pop culture and so the recent reveal of the first image from the series has garnered plenty of attention.
The image, which you can see below, shows a vast city built into a picturesque valley with a solitary figure watching on in the foreground.
However, several eagle-eyed fans have spotted two trees in the background of the image which are said to have unparalleled significance in The Lord of the Rings world.
Lord of the Rings teaser image explored
Released on August 2nd, 2021, the teaser image is the first we’ve seen from Amazon’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.
We see a city nestled in a picturesque valley which, thanks to the accompanying trees in the distance, appears to be the city of Valmar.
Valmar is the capital city of Valinor, the ancient home of the elves, also known as the Undying Lands, which are found across the sea to the west of Middle-earth, which is where Frodo travels to at the end of Return of the King.
Drawing plenty of attention in the image is a solitary figure, dressed in white, who is stood observing the city and the spectacular view.
As we can only see the back of this character, we can’t say for certain who it is, but there is a distinct chance that it could potentially be a very young Galadriel as she resided in Valinor during the early years of her life before travelling to Middle-earth.
However, this could also mean that this image takes place in a flashback as the two trees, which we’ll discuss further below, were destroyed long before the Second Age of Middle-earth which is when the bulk of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series is due to take place.
What are the Two Trees?
- The trees are the Two Trees of Valinor.
The trees were created by Yavanna, a god-like being who was responsible for the creation of all the fruits and growing things of the world.
Named Laurelin and Telperion, the gold and silvers trees provided light and the day-night cycle for Valinor and effectively worked as the sun and moon, with one growing brighter during the day and the other at night.
That was until the two trees were destroyed by Melkor (aka Morgoth, the first dark lord of The Lord of the Rings lore) and the spider known as Ungoliant (the mother of Shelob).
Once the trees were destroyed, the Valar (the god-like beings of Tolkien lore) used the final flower and fruit from the two trees to create the sun and moon, ushering in the First Age of Middle-earth history in the process.
The Lord of the Rings on Prime: Release date and story details
Along with the aforementioned teaser image, Amazon announced that their yet-to-be-titled Lord of the Rings series would be arriving on Prime Video on September 2nd, 2022.
The news came alongside the reveal that filming on season 1 had wrapped in New Zealand on August 2nd after initially starting in February 2020 before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Confirmed to be eight episodes long, the first season of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series is due to take place in the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history, thousands of years before the events of the original books and Peter Jackson’s film series.
The series is set to begin in a period of relative peace before evil starts to manifest itself in Middle-earth.
Amazon Prime’s The Lord of the Rings series will arrive on September 2nd, 2022.
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