In a recent interview with io9, executive producer and director JA Bayona said there are benefits to reading JRR Tolkien’s books before or even after watching the new show. “It would be very exciting to me if people were interested in going back to the books or reading them for the first time after seeing the show. But if they want to read it before the show, I also think it’s great because they’ll know where the story is going and they can be even more excited if they know that by the time they see the show,” he said.
As mentioned in the latest trailer revealed during San Diego Comic-Con, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is based on Tolkien’s writings. While the series will tell a number of new stories, according to Entertainment Weekly, The Lord of the Rings appendices were used as a blueprint to help tie storylines to Tolkien’s bigger picture. The show is expected to introduce new characters and expand on some familiar names, including the Dark Lord Sauron, whose Eye features prominently in Mordor in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.