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 in a way, it’s probably currently being overlooked due to Game of Thrones actually existing.
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.
It looks like we will start to know more soon though, as filming is due to start this August in Scotland, according to an insider.
Speaking to the Daily Record, the source said:
“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.”
Pretty exciting stuff.
As for plot though, hardly anything is known.
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.
Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to enjoy watching Legolas beat up some orcs in The Hobbit.
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