You have a set of stories from probably the best fictional world-builder of all time, with acres of unexplored material and there’s only two film trilogies to come from them.
Of course it was only a matter of time until Lord of the Rings got a TV show in some capacity, but every time we actually get reminded of the upcoming Amazon Prime LOTR series, I’m always shocked and like “oh yeah… that’s a thing.”
The only time we get reminded is when the show’s fairly quiet Twitter account decides to tweet a little teaser, filling in part of an interactive map.
Until now, 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.
Still, this genius does a much better job of explaining stuff than me.
Many are suspecting a story involving Númenor, but the addition of lone Tolfalas suggests otherwise, as the barren mountain didn’t become what it is seen here until after the Drowning of the Kingdom of Westernesse. pic.twitter.com/iFmBDRADJT
— 𝕖𝕝𝕗 𝕡𝕣𝕠𝕡𝕒𝕘𝕒𝕟𝕕𝕒 (@tolkienthot) 6 March 2019
Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to enjoy watching Legolas beat up some orcs in The Hobbit.
Images via Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema