Amazon’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ TV Series Is Supposed To Have 20 Episodes In First Season

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, TV
Published 07.08.19

We can expect 20 whole episodes of the first season of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series if all goes to plan.

The upcoming Lord of the Rings series, courtesy of Amazon, fades in and out of obscurity at several month-long interludes.

You’d think that something that has its name attached to one of the greatest cinematic trilogies of all time would garner more traction but I suppose the fact that Game of Thrones actually existed kind of worked against it.


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Basically nothing is known about the Lord of the Rings series except that it’s due to be the most expensive show of all time, costing £1 billion to make. Filming was due to start this month in Scotland, with a source saying to the Daily Record:

Lord of the Rings producers are hoping to start filming at the new studio from about August to November.

A lot of arrangements are already in place. All that remains now is for it to be up and running in time – so the clock is ticking.

It’s anticipated production will return for another three months from next March (2020). There could be more after that. It’s a massive contract and a gigantic boost for the studio and for Scotland.”


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Since then, Amazon have taken a leaf out of Marvel’s book by staying as tight-lipped as possible, but Tom Shippey, a Tolkien expert who is part of the show’s creative team, gave insight into how many episodes to expect during an interview with Deutsche:

Logically, you try to bundle all the scenes that take place in one location and film them so that you have it done and don’t have to return to that place several times. But this also implies that everything has to be clear at the start of filming, you have to know the end. There’s supposed to be 20 episodes for the first season. So, until they’ve decided what the end is going to be, they can’t start filming.

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Honestly this is essentially all we’ve seen from Amazon, and it’s a really boring video introducing us to the production team, rather than literally any of the unknown cast…


Until recently, a lot of people assumed the series would be based on the life of a young Aragorn, however I’m happy to report that it’s looking a lot like it’s not.

The tweets confirm that the series takes place in the Second Age. For context, the films take part in the Third Age (and a tiny bit in the Fourth Age after the One Ring is given a good destroying).


The Second Age is briefly touched upon in the original trilogy of films from Peter Jackson, as it ends upon the first downfall of the nefarious Sauron.


Said Age is known primarily for the foundation of Numenor, Khazad-dum, and Rivendell, as well as the forging of the rings and One Ring, which coincides with Sauron’s rise to power. Obviously this leads to the likes of the Ringwraiths coming into the fray and ultimately Isildur getting the ring.

This could be a lot of fun and how lovely that it’s not going to be about Aragorn. The interesting part of his life was covered by the films and when you have a universe as rich as Tolkien’s, it would be an utter waste to neglect it just to cater to fans seeking familiarity.

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