After what seems like a decade of waiting, we finally have a detailed description of Amazon Studios‘ upcoming Lord of the Rings tv series. It was first reported on TheOneRing.Net that the series will follow the events of JRR Tolkien‘s Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. But they have given us much more than a timeframe. We have a better idea of what we might actually be getting to experience once the series airs.

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The official synopsis is as follows:

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.

The synopsis alone has our heads spinning with ideas. We know that the Second Age follows the rise and fall of the first Dark Lord Morgoth’s servant Sauron which we got a glimpse of in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Obviously, we will get some story with him along with the forging of the One Ring. We can also expect to see the Nine Kings fall and become the Ringwraiths as well. But outside of that, it is all still up in the air.

Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Benjamin Walker and Peter Mullan have been announced to be heading the cast, among many others. The Lord of the Rings tv series has a five-season commitment, which gives me hope that they will take their time introducing us to the world, characters, and multiple stories. Please keep checking back with us for more news!

 

 

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