The outline suggests a compelling adventure that is epic in scope and on par with previous Tolkien adaptations.
The series' action will climb the Misty Mountains, twist through the forests of Lindon, and visit the island of Númenor. Read the official synopsis below!
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.
Following this synopsis, many experts have been speculating about what the series will feature.
The nearly 3,000-year-period of the Second Age featured many influential events in Tolkien's legendarium. Crucially, the Rings of Power are forged; Gondor, Minas Morgul, and Rivendell are founded and grow; and Elendil, Isildur, and Sauron wield power.
Furthermore, the prologue for Fellowship of the Ring reveals that the Second Age ends in an all-out battle between Sauron and a human-elf front, leading many to hedge that this is what Amazon Studios' new series will build towards.
Amazon Studios has also been gradually releasing more information about those involved in the project. The series is believed to feature Robert Aramayo as the series' lead, and Joseph Mawle as the series' antagonist. Both actors also appeared in Game of Thrones.
J.A. Bayona will direct the first two episodes of the first, eight-episode season. Amazon Studios has already renewed the series for a second season, and expects the series to unfold over the course of at least five seasons.
Amazon's Lord of the Rings series is currently believed to hit streaming sometime in 2021. Fans still have more time to wait for the official release date, but to quote Gandalf, "Have patience. Go where you must go, and hope!"