Everything We Know About Amazon's New Lord Of The Rings Series
HBO had Game of Thrones. Amazon has Lord of the Rings.
Yep, in a push to compete with the hit show that boasts a legion of fans, Amazon has announced a Lord of the Rings series will be made and have already promised a multi-season production commitment.
Fourteen years after the Oscar-winning conclusion of Peter Jackson's genre-defining Lord of the Rings trilogy, it still seems too soon to return to JRR Tolkien's beloved fantasy world.
The very notion of taking the masterpiece and adapting it to the small screen seems sacrilegious and has us all wondering, how did such an ill-advised idea come to fruition? The series will inevitably carry with it the inescapable sense of make or break for the service and risks junking the franchise forever.
Today however, the official Amazon announcement includes some promising details. This Lord of the Rings series is not going to revisit our friends Sam and Frodo and their quest to destroy the One Ring. The deal also includes a potential additional spin-off series.
Most would be aware that The Hobbit was already a prequel to The Lord of the Rings events so it seems likely that the new series will take place before The Hobbit, or between the two series of which there's about 60 years of unexplored time.
"We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings," Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins, told Entertainment Weekly.
"Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on JRR Tolkien's original writings."
It seems then, that this new series will be based on characters originally created by Tolkien as part of his massive history of Middle Earth. Quite frankly, the guy is a genius and for those unfamiliar with the novels, just know that he invented his own languages and thousands of years of Middle Earth lore.
After Tolkien's death, a lot of the story was published posthumously by his son Christopher, so it doesn't surprise us that there's still untapped stories to bring to the light.
Now, the show's brand spanking new Twitter account has started posting some cryptic clues that may point towards the period of Middle Earth's history in which the new show will be set.
The quotes are excerpts from the well-known riddle that's quoted in Tolkien's greatest trilogy of novels: the end of which is inscribed on the One Ring that's central to LOTR's plot.
"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."
Amazon also linked to a brand new interactive map of Middle Earth that will give people a chance to explore the geography of Tolkien's world like never before.
In response, fans have begun speculating that the new show will be set directly before the events of The Lord Of The Rings, which would confirm previous speculation that the show will focus on the life of a younger Aragorn.
One fan wrote: "So best bet would be that the show will take place in the mid to late second age, when the rings of power are first forged and Sauron rises to power. The show might just end where the movies start off."
Another said: "Calenardhon is used in place of the name Rohan. This is an interesting usage which implies either that the map was made by the people of Gondor (or the Dúnedain of the North,) or alternatively was made prior to the founding of Rohan (Rohan was just a province).
"Is it possible that we may be getting to see the legendary battle between the men of Gondor, men of Eorl (the first Rohirrim,) and the Balchoth of the East? The founding of Rohan? The Oath of Eorl?? Maybe."
With the multi-season production commitment already established, it's clear Amazon is really going for it. And hey, it might just surpass all expectation and fill that dark void caused by the Game of Thrones hiatus from our screens.