Amazon purchasing television rights to JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings stirred up a lot of excitement and controversy among fans when it was first announced. It didn’t help that we haven’t had too much information revealed for the series since then.
However, on Thursday morning, we got outright confirmation over the series’ official account that the Amazon Prime Lord of the Rings series will be set in the Second Age of Middle-Earth.
The Lord of the Rings books and Peter Jackson film trilogy take place in the Third Age, which means the Prime series should lead us smoothly into the strife of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. We probably won’t be seeing any teen versions of the Fellowship that we know and love (many wouldn’t have been born yet), but we’ll see their forbears working through either one or both of the events that define the Second Age: the downfall of the kingdom of Númenor and the formation of the Last Alliance, which consisted of the survivors of the Númenor kingdom and an Elvish kingdom. The age ends with Sauron’s downfall.
Welcome to the Second Age: https://t.co/Tamd0oRgTw
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) March 7, 2019
Although the series is planned for 2021, Lord of the Rings fans can brush up on the lore with books like The Similarillion and the two volumes of The Book of Lost Tales. The series is being produced in cooperation with New Line Cinema, the Tolkien Estate Trust, and HarperCollins, so it seems likely that the adaptation will prove itself accurate to Tolkien’s original texts.