Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episode 3 release date and time — How to watch online right now

Morfydd Clark as “Galadriel” surrounded by people, in The Rings of Power
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You can watch The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episode 3 online right now, and we hope you weren't waiting too long. Yes, Prime Video is switching things up in its second week release, with a midnight ET release, rather than a 9 p.m. ET release. 

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episode 3 start time, schedule

The Rings of Power debuted on Friday (Sept. 9) at 12 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. BST (which is technically Thursday at 9 p.m. PT) on Amazon Prime Video.
Full schedule below.

At the end of last week's episode, we saw a shadow cast upon Galadriel and Halbrand's raft, leaving some concerns as to their safety. But that wasn't the most concerning part of the end of the episode. Theo, Bronwyn's son, is seemingly entranced by one of Sauron's cursed runes that burns on one of his spiked tools. 

Meanwhile, Nori and Poppy's new friend The Stranger was entranced by fireflies, and the trio looked to the skies to see a constellation that the Harfoots hadn't seen before. We're curious why that firefly's light burned out in The Stranger's hand.

Elsewhere in The Rings of Power, Elrond's managed to convince Durin IV, who is pulling an important artifact out from hiding. One of his elders, likely his father Durin III, is still suspicious of Elrond. 

A bit of a spoiler warning, though: we sorta-meet a new character in this episode, so check out out story on Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episode 3 ending explained — who is Adar? once you're finished with this episode.

Need more details? Check out our guide to the what to know before you watch The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Also, check out our explainer on The Rings of Power's problem that could alienate fans.

So, here's everything you need to know to watch Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power online. Once you've finished the episode, check out other new movies and shows to watch this weekend.

How to watch Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episode 3 online in the US, UK, Canada and Australia

Viewers can watch Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episode 3 starting Friday at 12 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. BST (technically Thursday at 9 p.m. ET) on Amazon Prime Video .

This is the third of eight episodes. The remaining five will arrive on the following Fridays.

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Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is an Amazon Prime Video original. The streaming service comes with a Prime subscription, which you can sample with a a one-month free trial. Prime Video's library includes original movies and series, like The Boys, Wheel of Time and Underground Railroad.

How to watch Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power anywhere on Earth

While Amazon Prime Video is available in many countries around the world, it's not everywhere. If you are in a region without access to Prime Video, you don't have to miss Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.

We've evaluated many options, and the best VPN is ExpressVPN. It meets the VPN needs of the vast majority of users, offering outstanding compatibility with most devices and impressive connection speeds. It's also affordable at $12.95 per month. (Signing up for longer periods of six months or a year reduces the cost even more.)


Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN, really shines thanks to its safety, speed and simplicity-to-use. It's also compatible with loads of devices - from iOS and Android to Roku, Apple TV and PlayStations. You'll even get an extra 3 months free if you sign up for a year, or there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you just want to give it a try.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Amazon Prime Video or other streaimng services and tune in.

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Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episode schedule

  • The Rings of Power episode 1 — Sept. 1 @ 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
  • The Rings of Power episode 2 — Sept. 1 @ 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
  • The Rings of Power episode 3 — Sept. 9 @ 12 a.m. ET
  • The Rings of Power episode 4 — Sept. 16 @ 12 a.m. ET
  • The Rings of Power episode 5 — Sept. 23 @ 12 a.m. ET
  • The Rings of Power episode 6 — Sept. 30 @ 12 a.m. ET
  • The Rings of Power episode 7 — Oct. 7 @ 12 a.m. ET
  • The Rings of Power episode 8 — Oct. 14 @ 12 a.m. ET

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power trailers

The latest Rings of Power trailer showed how Galadriel's work is rooted in avenging her brother's death in battle. She also seems to be a uniter of wayward warriors.

The latest The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power teaser trailer has given us a serious look at the settings of the series, from the elven city of Lindon to the island of Númenor, as well as what appears to be the Shire before it was established. 

We also get a feel for how the series will address the rise of Sauron as a time when it appears there's relative peace and prosperity. Check the latest trailer out below. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power title revealed

The title of the series was revealed in the below video, which features a murky set of visuals with molten lava appear as J.R.R. Tolkien's familiar words are said aloud:

“Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie,
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power budget

All of Smaug's gold could maybe finance the Lord of The Rings TV show. The Hollywood Reporter produced a new report revealing that the first season of the series will cost Amazon $465 million U.S.D. to produce. That's on top of the $250 million they paid to get the rights to the series. 

Of course, Amazon's spending on filming in New Zealand will get them a tax rebate reward of $114 million U.S.D.. 

Lord of the Rings TV show cast and crew

Little by little, we learn more about who’s going to appear in the Lord of the Rings series. Joseph Mawle — likely most well known for playing Benjen Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones — will be in the show in a main villain role, Variety confirmed in October 2019. The rest of the cast is a dense list of actors, with nothing revealed in terms of roles.

On July 1, 2021, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Amelie Child-Villiers (Censor), (Charles Edwards (The Crown), Will Fletcher and Beau Cassidy were added to the series. Their roles were not disclosed.

At TCA20, the following actors were announced as being cast: Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge (rumored to have left the show), Morfydd Clark, Ema Horvath, Ismael Cordova, Markella Kavenagh. Amazon added the following names: Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers and Daniel Weyman.

Variety claims that Morfydd Clark will be a younger version of Galadriel (best known from Cate Blanchett's performance in the Peter Jackson films). 

In December 2020, Amazon announced more casting: Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells,
Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker and Sara Zwangobani.

Previously announced cast members include Will Poulter and Markella Kavenagh, who are expected to be main characters. Maxim Baldry was also listed. 

In addition to showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona is set to produce the first two episodes of the series, too, Rotten Tomatoes reported. 

Producing partner Belén Atienza will join Bayona, and other creatives behind the camera include executive producers Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane), Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire) and Sharon Tal Yguado. Writers such as Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad) and Jason Cahill (The Sopranos) are also on board, along with countless other team members.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power synopsis and plot

The series will still take place in Middle-earth, but the television adaptation will actually be a prequel occurring before the events of the films. Tolkien estate and HarperCollins representative Matt Galsor said the show will "bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien's original writings,” Ars Technica reported. 

Here is the official synopsis released by Amazon:

"Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital 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."

A spy report from TheOneRing.net pulled out a lot of details about what's to come, including that "elements & passages from 'The Silmarillion' and 'Unfinished Tales' are licensed by Amazon Studios for this adaptation. Also, unlike Game of Thrones, the report notes that the LoTR series will feature nudity that "is sparse and not sexualized."

So, expect a lot of world building as we get a big view of The Second Age of Tolkien's Middle Earth. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power show location and production

Production is currently under way, which Amazon confirmed with a tweet containing the following photo:

Lord of the Rings show on Prime

The photo was captioned "From all of us on set here in New Zealand, wishing you a happy #TolkienReadingDay." (Image credit: LOTRonPrime/Twitter)

Amazon Studios confirmed filming for the Lord of the Rings series at three locations near Auckland — in New Zealand, where the feature films were shot as well. 

"As we searched for the location in which we could bring to life the primordial beauty of the Second Age of Middle-earth, we knew we needed to find somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forests, and mountains, that also is a home to world-class sets, studios, and highly skilled and experienced craftspeople and other staff," showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay said in a statement on September 17, 2019.

"We’re happy that we are now able to officially confirm New Zealand as our home for our series based on stories from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings."

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power's Sauron

We don't have casting news or any detail behind if or how Sauron will factor into the Amazon Lord of the Rings show, but we do have reason to believe the biggest bad in Middle Earth will be there. Just not at the start. TheOneRing reports "Sauron/Annatar will not be revealed in Season One."

That's because the above synopsis notes "the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness." And those words scream the name of the eye that rules over all: Sauron. Or as many know his previous form: Annatar, the Lord of Gifts. 

And with Annatar/Sauron, Amazon's Lord of the Rings show has its best chance to stand strong in the  

Henry T. Casey
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Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.