KEY POINTS

  • It begins thousands of years prior to "The Lord Of The Rings" and "The Hobbit"
  • Amazon's title reveal video was made through practical effects
  • The series will premiere on Amazon on Sept. 2

Amazon has revealed the full title of its highly anticipated fantasy series "Lord Of The Rings," which will follow the story of the rings that allowed antagonist Sauron to spread terror across Middle-earth.

The multi-season series is called "Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power," the network revealed in a one-minute video uploaded on its YouTube channel Wednesday.

The title announcement video shows molten metal filling in the grooves of what appears to be a piece of wood, while a female voice says, "Three rings for the Elven kings under the sky. Seven for the dwarf lords in their halls of stone. Nine for mortal men, doomed to die. One for the dark lord on his dark throne in the land of Mordor where the shadows lie."

It was previously confirmed that the series would take place during the so-called "second age," which was thousands of years prior to the events of both "The Lord Of The Rings" and "The Hobbit." The Rings of Power were forged by Sauron during this time. The rings are a major part of the show that will help its characters confront the re-emergence of evil in Middle-earth.

The show would "unite all stories of Middle-earth's second age," according to its showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

"This is a title that we imagine could live on the spine of a book next to J.R.R. Tolkien's other classics," they told The Hollywood Reporter. "The Rings of Power unites all the major stories of Middle-earth's Second Age: the forging of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic tale of Númenor, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. Until now, audiences have only seen onscreen the story of the One Ring — but before there was one, there were many … and we're excited to share the epic story of them all."

Instead of using computer graphics, the video was made by capturing the movement of molten metal through carvings on a slab of redwood using a 4K camera system. Expert foundryman and metal artist Landon Ryan worked together with director Klaus Obermeyer and Hollywood SFX pioneer and artist Douglas Trumbull to create the unique clip.

"Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power" will debut on Amazon on Sept. 2 with new episodes releasing weekly.

Uruk-Hai warriors from the Lord of The Rings during the parade through the Wellington streets prior to the worldwide premier of the third and final Rings movie "Return of The King", Wellington, New Zealand in December 2003 Uruk-Hai warriors from the Lord of The Rings during the parade through the Wellington streets prior to the worldwide premier of the third and final Rings movie "Return of The King", Wellington, New Zealand in December 2003 Photo: AFP / ANDE MERTL