The first official synopsis for Amazon's The Lord Of The Rings series has surfaced, and it sounds pretty darn epic. The show, which wrapped filming in in New Zealand in December last year, is a prequel set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit, and long before Frodo Baggins left the Shire to destroy the One Ring.
The synopsis was first obtained by by TheOneRing.Net and later verified by IGN. It doesn't give all that much away, but it does provide some idea of what to expect from the upcoming Middle-Earth adventure, including confirmation of some of the locations we'll see in the show. The Misty Mountains, Lindon, and Númenor are all set to appear.
The full synopsis is 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."
For those that aren't too well-versed in Tolkien lore, the Amazon series will take place during the Second Age - this is a 3,441-year period that covers a number of major events, including the forging of the One Ring, the first defeat of Sauron, and the origins of the Ringwraiths. That's a lot of history to cover, but I can't wait to see how the series handles it all.
There's no release date for Amazon's The Lord Of The Rings just yet, but I'd expect that if filming has wrapped, we could at least expect to see a first trailer and get some substantial updates on the production in 2021. Watch this space.
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