October 4, 2022

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Guests attend "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" World Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on August 30, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Prime Video )

London’s Leicester Square played host as the cast and crew of the Prime Video Series descended on the capital. J.R.R Tolkien comes home in The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power.

My colleague and I had the pleasure of attending the world premiere of Prime Video’s ‘The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power.’ The monumental event was in the heart of London. Leicester Square was decorated to resemble Middle-Earth and where fans and invited guests mingled together as they came to celebrate the new series launch. Many fans attended in their cosplay outfits and one of those people who were with me in one of the fans’ pens got an ultimate honor.

Actress Morfydd Clark, who is starring in the series as Galadriel spotted the young lady in the crowd dressed as the character. She graciously invited her to come out and join her for a once-in-a-lifetime photo of both of them together. I overheard Ms. Clark say “Galadriel meets Galadriel” as she welcomed the fan with terrific grace and friendliness. The stars and crew of the series spoke and welcomed those assembled to the premiere and happily posed for photographs. It was truly an epic event for what looks to be an epic series.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 30: Morfydd Clark attends “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” World Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on August 30, 2022, in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Prime Video)

THE FULL DETAILS

Tonight, the highly anticipated Prime Video series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power honored J.R.R. Tolkien by ending its epic global tour in the United Kingdom with its world premiere in London’s Leicester Square. Prime Video brought nearly 2,000 people—including cast, producers, and fans—into Middle-earth in advance of the series’ September 2 debut. The London premiere represented the final stop in the series’ five-city world tour that started in Los Angeles and included Mexico City, Mumbai, and New York City before culminating in Tuesday’s historic Leicester Square premiere.

 

A fully immersive, Ring-shaped carpet took cast, crew, and guests on a narrative journey through five realms of Middle-earth, as they interacted with media and fans on their way into the Odeon Luxe and Cineworld in Leicester Square. The center of the 2,000-foot-long circular carpet was anchored by an exquisitely hand-crafted 40-foot-tall structure representing the five realms depicted in the series: The Elf capital of Lindon; the Dwarven realm of Khazad-dûm; the island kingdom of Númenor; the Southlands, the world of Man; and the Wilderlands, the home of the Harfoots. Five customized lanterns representing the five realms lit the way for cast down the carpet, each with different light sources: Fire and coal for the Dwarves, the Harfoots’ fireflies, Númenor’s oil lamps, the Southlanders’ caged candles, and Elven glow.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 30: Fans attend “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” World Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on August 30, 2022, in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Prime Video)

A living environment was created with a multitude of plants, grass, moss, vines, and 100 large-scale trees. A multilevel environment, mimicking the mountainous and hilly topography of the world, was created with various levels and vantage points, with greenery that will be repurposed or recycled following the event for future use.

THOSE IN ATTENDANCE

Attending the global premiere were all 22 of the series’ cast regulars: Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman, and Sara Zwangobani.

 

Also attending the premiere were showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay; executive producers Lindsey Weber and Callum Greene; directors Wayne Che Yip and Charlotte Brändström; writer and executive producer Justin Doble; series composer Bear McCreary; production designer Ramsey Avery; concept artist John Howe; supervising dialect coach Leith Mcpherson, and casting director Theo Park.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 30: (L-R) Sherry Izadi, Anoosheh Ashoori, Nazanin Boniadi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and Tim Hatley attend “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” World Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on August 30, 2022, in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Prime Video)

AMAZON EXECUTIVES 

Amazon executives in attendance included Jeff Bezos, Founder & Executive Chairman; Jeff Blackburn, SVP Media & Entertainment; Mike Hopkins, SVP, Prime Video, MGM and Amazon Studios; Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios; Vernon Sanders, Head of Global Television, Amazon Studios; Albert Cheng, COO of Amazon Studios, among others.

 

The first two episodes of the multi-season drama will launch on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide on Friday, September 2, with new episodes available weekly.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 30: Jeff Bezos, Founder, and Executive Chairman Lauren Sánchez attend ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” World Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on August 30, 2022, in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Prime Video )

ABOUT THE SHOW

Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and one of the greatest villains that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness.

Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared reemergence of evil on Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains to the majestic forests of the elf capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 30: Guests attend “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” World Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on August 30, 2022, in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Prime Video)

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“The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power” will finally emerge from Middle-Earth on September 2nd.

Writer’s Note: A huge thank you to Prime Video for their kind invitation to the event and for the screening of the first episode that my colleague and I attended after.

Source: Prime Video

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