The most expensive TV show of all time may take place in Middle Earth, but it will be moving production from New Zealand to England for season two. Not a ton is known about Amazon’s Lord of the Rings, but we have a handful of details that should make the series more tempting than the one ring! Just what is this $700 million dollar project about?
According to TheOneRing.net synopsis: “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 series will draw on J.R.R. Tolkien’s lesser-known works, including The Silmarillion, the posthumously published Middle-earth Bible spanning the entire history of his fantasy world. Also expect references from Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth, which are a collection of…unfinished tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth.
More tantalizing than a name-dropping synopsis is the first official image of the series, released on Twitter.
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) March 7, 2019
Fans on social media are speculating how far back the show will go and who the big bad will be (Melkor?). Some suspect the show will follow the Tales of the Numenor, which was essentially Middle-Earth’s Atlantis. The stories involve a war, the Dark Lord Sauron, and events that change the literal shape of the world. Real Lord of the Rings stuff.
As for the cast, the most recognized name for American audiences is St. Maud’s Morfydd Clark as young Galadriel, the elven queen Cate Blanchett played in the movies). The other cast members are Owain Arthur, Trystan Gravelle and Lloyd Owen, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Nazanin Boniadi, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edward, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers and Leon Wadham. None of the cast from the movies are set to return, which makes sense as 1000 years is a long time, and not everyone ages as well as elves.