Amazon’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be set thousands of years before Peter Jackson’s beloved The Lord of the Rings film series, depicting the Second Age of Middle-earth and likely showing numerous major battles. Rings of Power will feature the island kingdom of Númenor, the forging of the titular rings of power, and additional backstory for iconic Lord of the Rings characters, such as Elrond, Isildur, and Galadriel. Two major conflicts, the War of the Elves and Sauron and the War of the Last Alliance, took place in Middle-earth’s second age, and with them are numerous major battles that the upcoming series could depict. In the prologue to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the final battle of the War of the Last Alliance, the Siege of Barad-dûr, is shown, with Isildur defeating Sauron and destroying his physical form, but failing to overcome the allure of power and destroy the One Ring. Isildur’s history, Sauron’s rise to power (and plot to control Middle-earth through the rings of power), and the Great Rings themselves (aside from the One Ring) are alluded to in the Lord of the Rings films, but Rings of Power will show them, adapting elements of J. R. R. Tolkien’s written works for the first time.
Middle-earth, the Dark Lord Sauron posed as an ally to the Dwarves, Elves, and Men of Middle-earth, gifting them with the nineteen original Great Rings and attempting to corrupt them with his secret twentieth ring. The corrupted men became his Nazgûl while the Elves removed their rings and the Dwarves resisted Sauron’s corruption. The resulting war resulted in Sauron’s defeat, Isildur’s corruption, and the end of the Second Age. Due to this long and epic portion of Middle-earth’s history being condensed into Rings of Power, the series could adapt several epic clashes from Tolkien’s work.
Siege Of Eregion, The Siege of Eregion was the first battle in the War of the Elves and Sauron. Following Sauron’s failure to corrupt the Elves and Dwarves with the One Ring, Celebrimbor, the Elf who forged the three Elven rings, prevented all three magic rings from falling into the hands of Sauron. Sauron’s response was a massive attack on the Elven kingdom of Eregion, which was a decisive victory for the Dark Lord. Sauron had his revenge on Celebrimbor as well, slowly torturing the Elven prince to death and learning the locations of all the lesser rings, aside from the three intended for the Elves.
First Siege Of Imladris, After the death of Celebrimbor, Sauron continued his search for the three Elven rings, sending a contingent of Orcs to Rivendell, where they fought against Elrond’s forces. Sauron’s Orcs were routed by the combined might of Elrond’s and Gil-galad’s troops, who were joined by survivors from Eregion. Rivendell is a key location in both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, and considering that it was established in the Second Age, the earliest history of Rivendell will likely be shown in the upcoming series. Elrond’s role in The Rings of Power will also most likely make Rivendell a frequent location.
Battle Of The Gwathló, The final battle in the War of the Elves and Sauron, the Battle of the Gwathló, was a definitive defeat for Sauron, whose forces were almost completely destroyed by the combined forces of Gil-galad and the men of Númenor. Although Sauron retreated to Mordor following his defeat, this was not the end of the Dark Lord or the threat he posed to Middle-earth. Over the next millennium, Sauron rebuilt his military might to once again attempt to rule Middle-earth, which would eventually lead to the War of the Last Alliance, but not before Sauron exacted his revenge on Númenor by corrupting its people and indirectly causing the island kingdom to sink into the water.