The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Starts Filming Season 2 in UK

By Jessica Lerner 

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has begun filming its second season in the United Kingdom.

Production moved from New Zealand to the U.K. for Season 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The series most recently topped Nielsen’s Streaming Top 10 list for the week of Aug. 29, attracting 1.25 billion minutes viewed. The show was also the biggest premiere in Prime Video’s history, attracting more than 25 million viewers on the first day of its release.

This epic drama, set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, centers on J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous Second Age of Middle-Earth’s history.

The eight-part first season takes viewers to several places, including the elf realms of Lindon and Eregion, the dwarven realm of Khazad-dûm, the Southlands, the Northernmost Wastes, the Sundering Seas and the island kingdom of Nmenór.

Amazon paid $250 million just for the rights to the Tolkien stories, and the eight-episode first season reportedly comes in at around $58 million per episode, and five seasons are expected to cost the studio north of $1 billion.