Light the beacons! Gondor asks for help! Or at least it could be sometime next year because Amazon’s long-awaited Lord of the Rings series finally has a release date. The series, which was announced in 2017 and began filming in February 2020, will hit Amazon Prime on September 2, 2011.

The release date reveals accompanied by the first look at a still image from Amazon. Lord of the Rings, which appears to show a lone figure standing outside Minas Tirith, the capital city of Gondor. In the background of the image on the right, two white trees grow tall against the horizon.

Amazon has kept details about the Lord of the Rings series close to the chest in the four years since the streaming service announced its intention to bring audiences back to Middle-earth. There has been sporadic casting news suggesting the show will have a batch of characters, and a cryptic tweet from March 2019 infuriated fans by showing a map of Middle-earth with the lost continent of Númenor in one corner. In the history of Middle-earth, Númenor was the Atlantis-like home of the Dúnedain, a favored race of men who fell into darkness thousands of years before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring.

The official Lord of the Rings on the Prime Twitter account also confirmed a report from that contained a “synopsis” of the first season that mostly hinted at the show’s period (The Second Age) and the appearance of “The greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen.”

Amazon also announced in November 2019 that the streaming service had renewed the show for season 2, nearly three years before the first season is scheduled to air. Once the series premieres in September 2022, new episodes will be released on Amazon Prime Video weekly, rather than all at once.