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The Rings of Power New Middle-earth Map Explained

The Lord of the Rings fans will likely know the geography like the back of their hand by now, shown during Peter Jackson’s trilogy. However, The Rings of Power offers a new Middle-earth map to become acquainted with and we give you a bird’s eye view of the new locations.

The series premiered with a double-bill debut on Amazon Prime, however, the release schedule will now settle down into airing one episode per week.

Developed by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay for Amazon Prime and based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, The Lord of the Rings, The Rings of Power will be set thousands of years before The Hobbit and its successor, starring Robert Aramayo, Morfydd Clark, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, and many more.

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The Rings of Power New Middle-earth Map

Back in 2019, the official Twitter account for the new show released a new Middle-earth map for fans to become familiar with.

The main focus was Númenor, lying in the southwest, situated between Middle-earth and the Valinor – home to the Valar and Maiar. This location will be visited frequently throughout the series.

Lindon and Eriador sit at the coast of the map and are two provinces inhabited by Elves. Included in the region of Eriador is Eregion, which is where the Rings of Power were forged and later developed into Rivendell. 

Eregion also houses the Dwarven settlement of Khazad-dûm – seen in The Fellowship of the Ring – as well as the pass of Caradhras.

Mordor is noticeably missing from the map and still in its infancy during The Rings of Power timeline, however, the show will focus on the evil pulling from the north near Forodwaith, which is where the memory of Morgoth, Sauron’s former master, lingers.

Fans will notice that Gondor and Rohan have not been founded yet during the Second Age, with Calenardhon standing in as a pre-Rohan location. 

Lastly, instead of Hobbits in The Shire, ancestors, the Harfoots, previously dwelled in Rhovanion.

The Rings of Power Episode Count and Release Schedule

The Rings of Power has eight episodes to bulk out its Season 1 debut on Amazon Prime.

The series is scheduled to release every Thursday/Friday on Amazon Prime, and the following schedule confirms the finale will air on Friday, October 14, 2022.

Below, we have provided the show’s release schedule in full with dates to mark in your calendar. We will also update episode titles as they are announced:

  • Episode 1: Shadow of the Past – Friday, September 2, 2022
  • Episode 2: Adrift – Friday, September 2, 2022
  • Episode 3: TBA – Friday, September 9, 2022
  • Episode 4: TBA – Friday, September 16, 2022
  • Episode 5: TBA – Friday, September 23, 2022
  • Episode 6: TBA  – Friday, September 30, 2022
  • Episode 7: TBA – Friday, October 7, 2022
  • Episode 8: TBA – Friday, October 14, 2022

By Jo Craig – [email protected]

The Rings of Power is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

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Jo Craig
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Being a pop culture writer and a proud geek of all trades, Jo loves to dissect fandoms and marvel at their insides. The entirety of The Lord of the Rings, superhero origins, the Ghost of Tsushima score, the Wings of Freedom, and the endless search for a sleepy Tyranitar are but a few of Jo's passions, with a penchant for contributing to the geek culture community.

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