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Amazon's Lord Of The Rings Just Gave Fans The Best News Ever

It's been seven long years since audiences were transported to Middle Earth through the magic of cinema, and 18 years since they enjoyed the experience. "How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened?" fans cried out.

But then the grey rain-curtain of this world rolled back, and Amazon Studios announced a new take on the world of J.R.R. Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings" universe — a prequel series, set thousands of years before Benedict Cumberbatch ever shimmied into a motion capture suit and did gecko steps with a GoPro strapped to his forehead. This piping-hot exploration of a beloved franchise would be bigger, darker, and, most importantly, bananas-level more expensive than previous iterations. All that was left, it seemed, was for the company to find a few dozen actors who wouldn't mind living in New Zealand for a couple of years, and to maintain radio silence when it came to updating fans.

Today, that long quiet ended, with Amazon releasing its first official look at the "Lord of the Rings" series.

Amazon's Lord of the Rings is finally on its way

If this first-look image of Amazon's "Lord of the Rings" prequel doesn't immediately get Enya stuck in your head, there's just no helping you.

The picture sees a figure draped in white fabric, staring out at what sure looks like Valmar and its impressive golden domes. Stare closely into the setting sun and you'll go blind. Stare closely into the picture of the setting sun in the image and you'll notice what might be the silhouettes of the Two Trees of Valinor, sung into being by the Valinor and the Yavanna, from which the sun and the moon sprang forth and, in the case of the silver tree Telperion, the source of the fruit that would later grow into the White Tree of Gondor. Or, you know, maybe it's just a couple of really big trees that happen to be disparate hues.

This glimpse at the forthcoming series isn't the only good thing to come out of Amazon Studios today: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "Lord of the Rings" series has also been saddled with an official release date of September 2, 2022.