In the fall of 2017, Lord of the Rings fans were given the greatest news in all of Middle-earth: Amazon Prime declared that they were to adapt Tolkien's epic fantasy, only in an entirely new way and age. Instead of taking place in the Third Age, it would cover a prequel to the trilogy we all know and love, only the exact synopsis of the Second Age adventure was not revealed... until now!
Remember the montage at the beginning of Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring? We were introduced to the world of Middle Earth, the forging of the rings, and the then embodied dark lord, Sauron kicking everyone’s ass before being de-fingered by Isildur. What followed were three hours, forty-three minutes and thirty seconds of malnourished Middle Earth magic. The release of the subsequent sequels fulfilled the cinematic dreams of all Tolkienites everywhere; no more subpar animations…
When Peter Jackson trolled us by ending The Return of the King multiple times within the same movie our exhaustion gave way to satisfaction. We never thought we would see Middle Earth of the screen again, or at least for quite some time…kidding, of course, those movies made way too much money. The Hobbit’s charming little tale was turned into a colossal trilogy and now Amazon is adapting the best-selling novels by J.R.R. Tolkien into an online series; a deal that includes the potential for any additional spinoff series hobbit enthusiasts may desire($). It is being produced in-house at Amazon Studios with the help of the Tolkien Estate, and New Line Cinema. JD Payne and Patrick McKay are developing the series—-a somewhat unknown writing duo that has previously been attached to an upcoming Star Trek film (which is probably not happening now due to negotiation issues with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth). In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the pair expressed their excitement for the series.
“The rich world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity,” longtime friends and writing partners Payne and McKay said in a joint statement. “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care — it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime.”
The pending series twitter account has dropped hints to the show’s setting in the last month via maps and quotes from its source material:
The Twitter account’s focus on the Second Age and the opening minutes of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring lead the logic police to deduce the setting of Amazon’s upcoming series (or at least the first season). The Second Age/Timeline of Arda spans 3441 years and ends with the downfall of Sauron’s army. The people involved with the show’s development have spent hours talking to Tolkien’s son and are fully prepared to embrace the mythology of the world Sr. has created. One can only hope the show’s storyline will be fresh and rich with the kind of detail we expect from master worldbuilders—for which Tolkien set the standard. I for one hope the show includes more of the impulsive songs/singing/poems from the novel that has been overlooked in previous adaptations. For example, this lyrical nugget from The Fellowship of the Ring Book 1:
Ho! Ho! Ho! to the bottle I go
To heal my heart and drown my woe.
Rain may fall and wind may blow,
And many miles be still to go,
But under a tall tree, I will lie,
And let the clouds go sailing by.
Production begins this year and we can hope to see Middle Earth once again by 2021. The future looks very bing-able.
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