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On Tuesday, an eerie sight unfolded near the Windsor Riverside area of London, as a set for the upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series caught fire.
The Rings of Power set, which was being constructed for the highly anticipated Amazon Prime show, was engulfed in flames and thick smoke, prompting an emergency response. Firefighters from the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue service were called to the scene, and were able to extinguish the blaze.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident, but the set was left severely damaged. An investigation into the cause of the fire is currently underway.
Lovers of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy epic have been eagerly awaiting the upcoming Lord of the Rings series for years, and the fire has certainly put a dampener on the anticipation. The series is reportedly set to cost Amazon a whopping $1 billion, making it the most expensive TV show ever made.
The series will be a prequel to the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, set in the Second Age of Middle Earth – thousands of years before the events of the movies. It is set to star Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, and Daniel Weyman.
The Rings of Power set was being constructed at Bray Studios, the same place where the original Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. It will be interesting to see if the fire has any major impact on the filming schedule for the show.
Amazon has yet to comment on the fire, but we're sure they're doing everything they can to get the set up and running again as quickly as possible. Let's just hope this isn't a sign of things to come for the show.