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Lord of the Rings TV series synopsis

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
There's a synopsis been released for the show. No launch date announced yet.

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.
 

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Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Hr. Númenor? I hope they're not doing the Downfall of Númenor - I am not sure the world really needs that story right now.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
The Second Age covers 3000-some-odd years and ends with the defeat of Sauron, and capture of The One Ring. They could be going for the period in which Numenor started to colonize Middle Earth, or perhaps much earlier when Sauron taking the name Annatar and then convincing the Elves to forge The Rings. Either could give a lot of opportunities for good stories and intrigue.
 

ART!

Adventurer
I've been assuming the series will be some smooshed together version of 2nd Age events, with Annatar making nice with elves, dwarves, and humans, teaching them awesome things (including: rings!), beguiling the humans into wanting elven immortality, and the fall of Numenor and the breaking of the circles of the world.
 



I seem to recall hearing that the LotR series pilot has completed filming.

My guess is that they're going to do the Fall of Numenor. Judging from the synopsis, it's either that or the War of the Last Alliance, and that seems an unlikely place to start.
 


ART!

Adventurer
This is apparently the most expensive TV show ever made, and it's going to run for at least 5 seasons. Filming in New Zealand so they can keep the look and feel of Peter Jackson's movies.
IIRC, they even have the rights to use designs, motifs, and the like from the Jackson films - so, for example, the elven architecture in the series will be similar to the elven architecture in the movies, and the same with dwarven weapons and human armor, etc.

It just occurred to me that this series will provide a great opportunity to show a wider diversity of elven and dwarven characters. I don't mean just in terms of real-world ethnicities (which would be great), but just in terms of personality types, backgrounds, etc. We only get to know a couple of dwarves well in the movies, and a few elves. How the Hobbit movies managed to individualize the 13 dwarves is an example of what I'm talking about, I guess.
 



ART!

Adventurer
IIRC, Hobbits were not known to humans, dwarves, or elves in the 2nd Age. They were probably fairly different in disposition, too.

Including them in this series makes sense from a popular culture standpoint, and I assume the effects and trickery for merging differently sized characters in a shot is even better than it was.
 

This will either go down in history as one of the biggest wastes of money or will be the second coming of Game of Thrones (as far as fantasy TV-pop culture impact goes). With as much as is being spent, as much of a limb they're going out on here, I don't think there can be a middle ground. If it's just okay, that won't be good enough. I'm generally easy to please (though they were flawed, I enjoyed The Hobbit movies), but the stakes are massive, with it potentially being the most expensive TV series ever, adapting one of the most beloved fantasy IPs. And deciding that it needed nudity...

This could either be amazing or an absolute trainwreck.
 
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ART!

Adventurer
For all we know, the nudity will be just in prologue-like scenes of elves awakening aka being created. I doubt it, given the talk about wanting a piece of the GoT market, but it's possible.
 

ART!

Adventurer
Looks like my second guess was right, according to Gizmodo:

Sauron returns twice in the 2nd age, I think: first as Annatar mid-2nd Age, and later as we see in the FOTR movie's prologue, at the end of the 2nd Age. IIRC
 


Tyler Do'Urden

Soap Maker

My bet would be that the five-season arc will follow the forging of the rings, the theft of the rings, the capture of Sauron/downfall of Numenor, and Elendil and his sons founding Gondor and Arnor/War of the Last Alliance.

Just a bet, though given the tie-in with the LotR movies, we should expect this is being conceived as a prequel to the significant parts of the legendarium that were focused on there.
 

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