If there is no room for other stories in the world of the supposed paragon of worldbuilding does that not suggest that we misjudged how deep the world was somewhere along the way?
It feels like that would lose all the trappings that would be the selling point of a movie set in this world. Most likely no elves, and a more mundane conflict more akin to Game of Thrones than Lord of the Rings.I wonder whether if you were going to try and make a sequel to the Lord of the Rings you would have to set it, once again, like a thousand years later, at the very end of the Elessarian golden age. And instead of having a "new shadow" the enemy is rooted in the fact that prosperity has made people covetous and bold to the point where they revisit some of the evils of before, as humans are wont to do. So you have an enemy that can challenge Gondor but their power is not rooted in dark magic (though maybe some people are able to employ a bit of dark magic at the margins).
That... is a brilliant idea. I've wondered for a long time how one could possibly do justice to the Silmarillion on screen; a sequence of connected but stand-alone movies would be perfect.What's the specific source of the screenshot quote, please?
While I know that the chances of this happening is virtually nil, but in light of the fact that Christopher Tolkien is no longer a roadblock, they could renegotiate with the Tolkien Estate for the rights to The Silmarillion which would give access to many epic tales. Three specific ones of the First Age I could easily imagine being big budget action movies would be The Children of Húrin, Beren and Lúthien, and The Fall of Gondolin while using Quenta Silmarillion/War of the Jewels as a bridge to tie together these separate tales. If they wished to continue to the Second Age they could then do Akallabêth/Downfall of Númenor.
It has been properly established on screen that orcs are derived from elves. With no dark lord perhaps orcs are on the verge of being exterminated, or perhaps their descendants are slowly "revolving" away from their most brutish forms to the point where they more resemble Adar and their elven forebears while still being decidedly orcish.
Not to mention there are still dwarves, hobbits, Ents, Bombadilses, and so on.
Hmmm if I remember correctly all the MERP PCs wiped them out.If we are talking the 4th Age, or the Age of Man, I don't remember if Tolkien ever wrote what became of orcs, the way he did about elves, dwarves, and hobbits.