The most expensive television series in history just revealed its title and it’s a minor bombshell:
We will state upfront that we could very easily be wrong about this, but every image (like the one above, released last year), cast announcement, direction, and now title reveal makes us believe that this series is in good hands and that the people involved know what they’re doing. Call it a hunch. The title reveal, like the teaser image above, really only contains information that would be of interest to the harder-core Tolkien nerds. It all doesn’t add up to much information at first glance, but it all reveals that the series will take place in Middle Earth’s Second Age (thousands of years before the Fellowship of the Ring was formed), that the lost civilization of Numenor will be central to the story, and now, that the focus will be on the forging of the Rings of Power, back when Sauron had a body, men and elves enjoyed an epic alliance, Galadriel was young and feisty, Gandalf hadn’t entered the world yet, and the ring wraiths were just a bunch of greedy-ass human fuck-ups. This is all highly unexplored territory from a filmed perspective, but Tolkien himself left huge gaps in this history, even with all the extensive notes and appendices taken into consideration. The show’s creators have a significant amount of leeway to tell their tales, but as Tolkien scholar and series consultant Tom Shippey put it, they’re in “a bit of a minefield,” since the Tolkien estate will only allow the adaptation if it does nothing to alter the history Tolkien already established. We may regret these words, but as it stands, based on what little we’ve learned, we really can’t wait for this to come out. We have faith. And that’s why the information has been specifically tailored to get Tolkien nerds like us excited. Because they’ll all flap their hands excitedly and tell you what it all means.
Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness.
Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
A new age begins September 2, 2022. Journey to Middle-earth with “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.”
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