Well, by now I’m sure you’ve heard the news, but just in case I’ll recap: Amazon just spent a LOT of money to acquire the rights to produce a multi-season prequel television series set in the fantastical realm of Middle-Earth. In other words, they’re going to make a prequel of some kind to The Lord of the Rings.
I’m so happy they clarified that this was going to be a prequel because I originally thought they were just going to tell the main story over again which is the LAST thing we need. Peter Jackson’s trilogy did the job so well that I think (and hope) that the film trilogy is one that will never be remade.
So now that we know it’s a prequel series, what could it possibly be about? Well, I have a few ideas on that subject…
The one thing I do NOT want this to be is a rehash of The Hobbit. While I know The Hobbit trilogy wasn’t the best, there’s still no need to cover that ground over again. So if Amazon knows what’s good for them they won’t cover that ground (at least not right away).
While I’m not sure they’d go this far back, I would be interested in seeing the series start back in the early history of Middle-Earth, say around The War of the Jewels? I’m talking Beleriand, Luthien and Beren, Morgoth is on the loose, fun stuff like that. If you’ve ever read that section of The Silmarillion, then you know that would make for some epic storytelling.
But the story I’d like to see most of all is the complete story of Numenor. If you haven’t read all the appendixes of The Lord of the Rings, Numenor was this beautiful island in the middle of the Western Sea, a hair closer to the Undying Lands than Middle Earth (Tolkien said that on a clear day one could just glimpse Tol Eressea on the horizon). Elrond’s brother Elros was the first King of Numenor and Aragorn is his distant descendant (which makes him and Arwen 1st cousins MANY times removed). The island (spoiler alert) was eventually destroyed by the Valar (the gods of Middle-Earth for lack of a better word) when Sauron tempted the last King of Numenor to make war on the Elves and the Valar and claim the Undying Lands for himself. The island has never been depicted and I would love to visit that place in all its glory.
And speaking of the Undying Lands, let’s have a few episodes set in that locale shall we? I was so mad when The Return of the King (the film) ended and we didn’t get to see Frodo’s glimpse of that place. So I really want to see the Undying Lands, with Mt. Taniquetil, the Pelori Mountains and all those wonderful places Tolkien described.
If the series covers any of this, then I think I could get behind it. But I swear, if this turns out to be another excuse to cover The Hobbit, I will rip this series apart!!!
But for now, we can only speculate.
There’ll be a soundtrack review up later tonight. I’m finally looking at The Walking Dead soundtrack! Can’t wait to share my thoughts on it!
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