August and September bring the premieres of two highly anticipated fantasy epics that have been years in the making and are vying for eyeballs and water cooler conversation

HBO's "Game of Thrones" spinoff "House of the Dragon" and Amazon's "Lord of the Dragons". Rings" prequel "The Rings of Power."

Amazon has been working on a "Rings" adaptation for half a decade, and it finally announced earlier this year that the series would premiere on September 2.

Amazon has been working on a "Rings" adaptation for half a decade, and it finally announced earlier this year that the series would premiere on September 2.

Earlier this year, HBO announced an August 21 premiere date, reducing "Rings" to market by just under two weeks.

Earlier this year, HBO announced an August 21 premiere date, reducing "Rings" to market by just under two weeks.

Based on Martin's encyclopedic-like "Fire and Blood" book, "Dragon" tells the story of a typical struggle for power during the reign of the Targaryens. When the king has only one daughter and no son, should that daughter or the king's brother be the heir to the throne?

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What about Amazon's 'Rings of Power'? The Amazon series is based on a small amount of material written by JRR. Tolkien who describes the "Second Age" of Middle-earth.

the series will also include stories about an empire like Atlantis, tales of elves and dwarves (including some characters from the movies because elves live thousands of years) and hobbit-like harfoots (there are no real hobbits). show though).

'The Rings of Power' trailer: 'Lord of the Rings' returns to screen with 'serious' dwarves

'The Rings of Power' trailer: 'Lord of the Rings' returns to screen with 'serious' dwarves

Middle Earth returns with Amazon Prime Video's series "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power," airing September 2. J.R.R.

Middle Earth returns with Amazon Prime Video's series "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power," airing September 2. J.R.R.