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Morfydd Clark stars as Galadriel in Amazon Prime Video’s prequel series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Can you spend your way to the next Game of Thrones? Jeff Bezos — the world’s second-richest man and, incidentally, the owner of The Washington Post — certainly appears to have tried.

According to some news reports, the Amazon founder and J.R.R. Tolkien fan had his company plunk down an estimated $250 million just for the rights to make a TV show based on The Lord of the Rings. The resulting series, which debuted Sept. 1, will be the most expensive ever made.

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