How to watch Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power in Australia

Get ready to return to Middle Earth.

Fergus Halliday
Digital Content Editor
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February 13, 2022
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If you’re a fantasy fan left cold by Amazon’s The Wheel of Time or still mad about how HBO’s Game of Thrones ended, the wait for television’s next high-budget fantasy series may be at an end. 

While it isn’t available to watch anywhere just yet, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is set to make its streaming debut in the second half of 2022. 

Those in Australia will be able to tune in and feast their eyes on the first episode of The Rings of Power when it premiers internationally on the 2nd of September, 2022.

However, if you want to return to Tolkien’s realm of Hobbits, Helm’s Deep and haunted heirlooms, you’ll need an active account with  the one streaming service to rule them all: Amazon Prime Video.

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How to watch The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Amazon Prime Video

After it debuts in September 2022, Aussies will be able to watch the entire first season of Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Amazon Prime Video. 

The first season of the series is expected to run for eight episodes, with new episodes dropping weekly via Amazon’s streaming service. That means that if you wait until late-October, you should be able to binge the whole series at once. 

If you don’t think you can wait that long and don’t already have your own Amazon Prime Video account, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial and get through most of the series during that time.

In addition to being the home of one of the year's most anticipated streaming premiers, Amazon Prime Video also features plenty of great original video series that you can binge in the meantime, from Fleabag to The Expanse and The Boys.

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

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Set several hundred years prior to the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films, The Rings of Power promises to follow an ensemble cast of heroes that unite to confront a rising evil that threatens all of Middle Earth.

While the air of mystery around Amazon’s ambitious and expensive adaptation of JRR Tolkien's iconic fantasy world is a big part of the appeal, Amazon has released a short and official synopsis that gives those waiting for the series an idea of what to expect.

“From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone"

How does Amazon Prime Video compare to other streaming services?

Streaming service comparison
Service
More info
Rating
Monthly price
Max. Video Resolution
# of streams
Available deal
NetflixNetflix
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
$10.99 - $19.99 4K 4
Apple TV+Apple TV+
4 out of 5 stars
4
$7.994K6
Disney PlusDisney+
4 out of 5 stars
4
$11.99 4K 4
ShudderShudder
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
$6.99 HD 1
Hayuhayu
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
$6.99HD1
Paramount+Paramount+
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
$8.99HD3
BritBoxBritbox
3 out of 5 stars
3
$8.99 HD5

Where can I watch the original Lord of the Rings films?

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If you’re an Aussie looking to refamiliarize yourself with the who, the what, the when and the where’s of Middle Earth before The Rings of Power makes its big debut, you can find Peter Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King on any of the following streaming services:

Where can I watch The Hobbit films?

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Unfortunately, at the time of writing, neither The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug or The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies are available on any of the major video streaming options available to Australians. 

However, those with an Amazon Prime Video account can subscribe to the MGM channel for an extra $4.99/month. This channel pack includes a bunch of extra movie and TV content, including all three of The Hobbit movies.

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For those who already have an Amazon Prime Video subscription and a desire to shotgun all three Hobbit films in a movie marathon, it's entirely possible to do so without paying anything extra.

You just need to sign up for the 7-day free trial of MGM and then make sure to cancel it once the credits roll on The Battle of the Five Armies.

For everyone else, the easiest way to watch any of the three Hobbit films is going to be buying or renting a digital copy via the usual online storefronts.

Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a Digital Content Editor for Reviews.org who specialises in technology, entertainment, gaming and pop culture. His work has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, Press Start Australia, The AU Review, Screen Rant, Superjump and more. You can follow him on Twitter.

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