Official Synopsis For Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Released
Amazon has confirmed that an official synopsis of their upcoming ‘Lord of the Rings’ series which appeared online earlier today is correct, and gives us a little more of an idea of what to expect when it eventually lands.
Here is the official synopsis:
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.
Whilst it doesn’t go into specifics, it does confirm a few points. Firstly, that Númenor will feature in the show, which is a location which has not been seen before on screen due to it being sunk beneath the waves by “The Valar” (basically the Gods of Middle-earth) long before the events of the Third Age when the films were set. It also (albeit indirectly) seem to confirm Sauron will make an appearance, although, in this time period, he’s in a rather more human-form than an eye on a tower. He was somewhat responsible for the destruction of Númenor after convincing the King to disobey The Valar, and them retaliating by sinking the island (never pick an argument with the gods!) Another point in there mentions “an era in which great powers were forged” which makes it seem likely the show will feature the forging of The One Ring which happened in SA 1600 during the Second Age.
One place we haven’t seen mentioned before is Lindon, the elf-capital in Middle-earth. This is an area west of the Blue Mountains (top left-ish on your Middle-earth map), and was founded in SA 1 by High King of the Elves, Gil-galad. It was the landing location of the first ship to sail from Númenor to Middle-earth in SA 600.
Outside of the plot, we do know some casting for the show, which includes Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Daniel Weyman, Sir Lenny Henry, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells,? Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker and Sara Zwangobani! When they say “an ensemble cast of characters”, they are not joking!
Seasons 1 and 2 of ‘Lord of the Rings’ tv series are currently being filmed back-to-back in New Zealand and will air on Amazon Prime worldwide.
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