It’s official! The Lord of the Rings TV series will be coming to the Amazon network. According to Variety, the company is set to bring a multi-season production, including a possible spin-off series. That’s right, Tolkien fans, we’re off to Middle Earth once again during the Third Age for the War of the Ring.

With this deal comes a very interesting tidbit! According to the article, the series will explore events before Bilbo turns 111 years old but after the events of The Hobbit. Because of this, we may not see any hobbits for quite some time. Instead, we may see the Dúnedain before Strider aka Aragorn II Elessar leaves them. Maybe even going so far as showing his budding love story with Arwen Undómiel. We could also see the corruption of Saruman the White by Sauron. There are just so many things they could explore! In speaking with the Tolkien estate about the series, representative Matt Galsor expressed his excitement at the expanded material.

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We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.

Frankly, this news comforts me a bit more than an outright remake of The Lord of the Rings. I would love to see the above aspects explored and others. Maybe even an entire season before we see Gandalf return to Bag End. As much as I’m against a remake for the sake of money, I would love to return to Middle Earth. My next hope is that we have a showrunner who adores the series just as much. I still love the team for the film adaptation, so as long as someone has that same passion, I’ll be happy. 

What do you think of the news? What stories would you like to see them explore? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Lord of the Rings news! There is currently no release date for the series.

Erin Lynch