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After The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies have graced the big screen, the LOTR franchise is now looking to tell some new stories on Amazon Primve Video. While we don’t have a release date for the upcoming series yet, we do have an official synopsis for the show.
This comes from TheOneRing.net:
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.
What’s really key in the description is that we will be meeting ‘familiar’ characters, and a lot of people are wondering who these could be. While we know that elves are pretty much immortal, it does seem unlikely that Elrond or Gandalf will be part of the series. Then again, maybe we could be meeting a younger Elrond during this time who doesn’t need to be played by Hugo Weaving. I wouldn’t mind Sylvester McCoy returning as Radagast the Brown.
While Amazon hasn’t given us any significant updates officially, things are look to be getting back into gear after the rise of the pandemic from last year. Hopefully 2021 ends with a release date set for the series.
Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings is yet to receive an official release date, but it’s likely the series will premiere sometime in 2022.