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Rory Kinnear to play Tom Bombadil in Season 2 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

The highly anticipated new season is set to wow fans.
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After a very successful first season, it has officially been announced that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season Two will premiere in August 2024. 

Season One was viewed by more than 100 million people worldwide, attracting more than 25 million global viewers on the release day alone – this was the biggest premier in the history of Prime Video.

It has now been announced that Laurence Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear, best known for his roles in the James Bond films and The Imitation Game, will portray fan-favorite J.R.R. Tolkien character Tom Bombadil.

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The news, which was first revealed in an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, comes after significant online speculation and confusion as to why the beloved character had been absent from other on-screen depictions despite being such an iconic character in the books.

However, the series’ showrunners J.D. Payner and Patrick McKay explain the reason for this, explaining that it’s because “he’s sort of an anti-dramatic character.”

“He’s not a character who has a particularly strong agenda. He observes drama, but largely doesn’t participate in it. In The Fellowship of the Ring, the characters kind of just go there and hang out for a while, and Tom drops some knowledge on them,” McKay told Vanity Fair. ““Knowledge that’s not particularly relevant to anything that they’re doing or about to do,” he added.

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What is The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power about?

The series is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and uncovers the forging of the Rings of Power, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the fall of the island kingdom of Numenor and the last alliance between Elves and Men. 

The new season features the return of Sauron and will build on Season One’s ambition, plunging its most beloved and vulnerable characters into a rising tide of darkness. After Sauron is cast out by Galadriel without an army or ally, he is forced to rely on his skill and rebuild himself to oversee the creation of the Rings of Power. 

“Elves and dwarves, orcs and men, wizards and Harfoots… as friendships are strained and kingdoms begin to fracture, the forces of good will struggle ever more valiantly to hold on to what matters to them most of all… each other,” the description reads.

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Where to watch The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power in Australia?

The first season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is available to stream on Prime Video in Australia. 

The second season of the series will debut on August 29, 2024, on Prime Video.

Stream The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Prime Video from $9.99/mth, with a 30-day free trial. Subscribe here.

Who is the cast?

The series stars Morfydd Clark as Galadriel, Ismael Cruz Cordova as Arondir, and Charlie Vickers as Halbrand. 

Joining the new season we will see various acclaimed actors joining the existing cast in recurring roles for the forthcoming season. These names include Ciaran Hinds, Rory Kinnear, and Tanya Moodie as well as other smaller names such as Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Stuart Bowman, Gavi Singh Chera, plus more. 

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