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==Plot==
 
==Plot==
The series will explore times before the years of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', but will not touch on the events of ''[[The Silmarillion]]''.{{fact}} The show will cover at least some events of the [[Second Age]], as revealed through teaser maps posted on Facebook and Twitter in March 2019. In an interview with the [[German Tolkien Society]], scholar [[Tom Shippey]] confirmed that the plot can't go before the Second Age and that the first season is supposed to have 20 episodes.<ref>{{webcite|author=Tobias M. Eckrich |articleurl=https://www.tolkiengesellschaft.de/30918/exklusive-interview-with-tom-shippey-concerning-lotronprime/|articlename=Exclusive interview with Tom Shippey concerning LOTRonPrime|dated=29 July|website=[http://www.tolkiengesellschaft.de Deutche Tolkien Gesellschaft]|accessed=}}</ref>
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The series will explore times before the years of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', but will not touch on the events of ''[[The Silmarillion]]''.{{fact}} The show will cover at least some events of the [[Second Age]], as revealed through teaser maps posted on Facebook and Twitter in March 2019. In an interview with the [[German Tolkien Society]], scholar [[Tom Shippey]] confirmed that the plot can't go before the Second Age and that the first season is supposed to have 20 episodes.<ref>{{webcite|author=Tobias M. Eckrich |articleurl=http://www.tolkiengesellschaft.de/30918/exklusive-interview-with-tom-shippey-concerning-lotronprime/|articlename=Exclusive interview with Tom Shippey concerning LOTRonPrime|dated=29 July 2019|website=[http://www.tolkiengesellschaft.de Deutche Tolkien Gesellschaft]|accessed=6 August 2019}}</ref>
  
 
==Cast and characters==
 
==Cast and characters==
* Maxim Baldry<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=https://collider.com/lord-of-the-rings-tv-series-cast-maxim-baldry/|articlename=Exclusive: ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series Adds ‘Years and Years’ Star Maxim Baldry|dated=15 October|website=Collider|accessed=}}</ref>
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* Robert Aramayo<ref>{{webcite|author=Nellie Andreeva|articleurl=http://deadline.com/2020/01/robert-aramayo-cast-the-lord-of-the-rings-amazon-tv-series-game-of-thrones-alum-cast-1202823073/|articlename=‘The Lord Of the Rings’: Robert Aramayo To Star In Amazon TV Series|dated=7 January 2020|website=Deadline|accessed=15 January 2020}}</ref>
* Ema Horvath<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=https://deadline.com/2019/12/ema-horvath-cast-the-lord-of-the-rings-amazon-series-1202806025/|articlename=‘The Lord Of The Rings’: Ema Horvath Joins Cast Of Amazon Series|dated=10 December|website=Deadline|accessed=}}</ref>
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* Owain Arthur<ref name="Meet">{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.facebook.com/LOTRonPrime/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2410457885934047|articlename=Meet the first members of our fellowship. #LOTRonPrime|dated=15 January 2020|website=Facebook|accessed=15 January 2020}}</ref>
* Markella Kavenagh<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lord-of-the-rings-series-amazon-cast-markella-kavenagh-1203268175|articlename=‘Lord of the Rings’ Series at Amazon Taps First Cast Member (EXCLUSIVE)|dated=22 July|website=Variety|accessed=}}</ref>
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* Maxim Baldry<ref>{{webcite|author=Jeff Sneider|articleurl=http://collider.com/lord-of-the-rings-tv-series-cast-maxim-baldry/|articlename=Exclusive: ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series Adds ‘Years and Years’ Star Maxim Baldry|dated=15 October 2019|website=Collider|accessed=13 December 2019}}</ref>
* Joseph Mawle<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=https://deadline.com/2019/10/the-lord-of-the-rings-joseph-mawle-cast-star-amazon-series-oren-game-of-thrones-alum-1202765493/|articlename=‘The Lord Of The Rings’: Joseph Mawle To Star In Amazon Series|dated=21 October|website=Deadline|accessed=}}</ref>
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* Nazanin Boniadi<ref name="Meet"/>
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* Tom Budge<ref name="Meet"/>
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* Morfydd Clark<ref>{{webcite|author=Justin Kroll|articleurl=http://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lord-of-the-rings-series-galadriel-morfydd-clark-1203446284/amp/|articlename=‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Taps Morfydd Clark as Young Galadriel (EXCLUSIVE)|dated=17 December 2019|website=[http://variety.com/ Variety]|accessed=4 January 2020}}</ref>
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* Ismael Cruz Cordova<ref name="Meet"/>
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* Ema Horvath<ref>{{webcite|author=Nellie Andreeva|articleurl=http://deadline.com/2019/12/ema-horvath-cast-the-lord-of-the-rings-amazon-series-1202806025/|articlename=‘The Lord Of The Rings’: Ema Horvath Joins Cast Of Amazon Series|dated=10 December 2019|website=Deadline|accessed=13 December 2019}}</ref>
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* Markella Kavenagh<ref>{{webcite|author=Joe Otterson|articleurl=http://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lord-of-the-rings-series-amazon-cast-markella-kavenagh-1203268175|articlename=‘Lord of the Rings’ Series at Amazon Taps First Cast Member (EXCLUSIVE)|dated=22 July 2019|website=[http://variety.com/ Variety]|accessed=22 October 2019}}</ref>
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* Joseph Mawle<ref>{{webcite|author=Nellie Andreeva|articleurl=http://deadline.com/2019/10/the-lord-of-the-rings-joseph-mawle-cast-star-amazon-series-oren-game-of-thrones-alum-1202765493/|articlename=‘The Lord Of The Rings’: Joseph Mawle To Star In Amazon Series|dated=21 October 2019|website=Deadline|accessed=22 October 2019}}</ref>
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* Tyroe Muhafidin<ref name="Meet"/>
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* Sophia Nomvete<ref name="Meet"/>
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* Megan Richards<ref name="Meet"/>
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* Dylan Smith<ref name="Meet"/>
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* Charlie Vickers<ref name="Meet"/>
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* Daniel Weyman<ref name="Meet"/>
  
Will Poulter was cast for an unknown role in September 2019<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lord-of-the-rings-series-amazon-will-poulter-cast-1203321951/|articlename=‘Lord of The Rings’ Series at Amazon Casts Will Poulter (EXCLUSIVE)|dated=4 September|website=Variety|accessed=}}</ref> however later in December 2019 it was reported he left the series due to scheduling conflicts. <ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lord-of-the-rings-series-amazon-will-poulter-1203433273/|articlename=‘Lord of the Rings’: Will Poulter No Longer Attached to Amazon Series (EXCLUSIVE)|dated=12 December|website=Variety|accessed=}}</ref>
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Will Poulter was cast for an unknown role in September 2019<ref>{{webcite|author=Joe Otterson|articleurl=http://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lord-of-the-rings-series-amazon-will-poulter-cast-1203321951/|articlename=‘Lord of The Rings’ Series at Amazon Casts Will Poulter (EXCLUSIVE)|dated=4 September 2019|website=[http://variety.com/ Variety]|accessed=22 October 2019}}</ref> however later in December 2019 it was reported he left the series due to scheduling conflicts.<ref>{{webcite|author=Joe Otterson|articleurl=http://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lord-of-the-rings-series-amazon-will-poulter-1203433273/|articlename=‘Lord of the Rings’: Will Poulter No Longer Attached to Amazon Series (EXCLUSIVE)|dated=12 December 2019|website=[http://variety.com/ Variety]|accessed=13 December 2019}}</ref>
  
==Development and reveals==
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==Development==
[[File:Amazon - Middle-earth map.jpg|thumb|250px|Fourth map of Middle-earth, released by Amazon on March 6, 2019]] In November [[2017]], Amazon Studios secured the rights to make a five-season production with the potential for spin-offs.<ref>{{webcite|author=Joe Otterson|articleurl=http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/lord-of-the-rings-tv-series-amazon-1202613609/|articlename=
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[[File:Amazon - Middle-earth map.jpg|thumb|250px|Fourth map of Middle-earth, released by Amazon on March 6, 2019]]
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On November 2017, it was reported that Amazon Studios were in discussion with Warner Bros. Television and the [[Tolkien Estate]] about developing a series based on ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''.<ref>{{webcite|author=Daniel Holloway|articleurl=https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/lord-of-the-rings-amazon-1202606519/|articlename=‘Lord of the Rings’: Amazon, Warner Bros. in Talks for Series Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)|dated=3 November 2017|website=[http://variety.com/ Variety]|accessed=30 January 2020}}</ref> Later, in November, Amazon Studios announced they have secured the rights to develop a multi-season television series set in Middle-earth with the potential for spin-offs.<ref>{{webcite|author=Joe Otterson|articleurl=http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/lord-of-the-rings-tv-series-amazon-1202613609/|articlename=‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Moving Forward at Amazon With Multi-Season Production Commitment|dated=13 November 2017|website=[http://variety.com/ Variety]|accessed=31 July 2019}}</ref> The rights have been said to have cost close to $250 million.<ref name="DLAZ">{{webcite|author=Nellie Andreeva|articleurl=https://deadline.com/2017/11/amazon-the-lord-of-the-rings-tv-series-multi-season-commitment-1202207065/|articlename=Amazon Sets ‘The Lord of the Rings’ TV Series In Mega Deal With Multi-Season Commitment|dated=13 November 2017|website=Deadline|accessed=30 January 2020}}</ref> Amazon Studios will cooperate with the Tolkien Estate, [[The Tolkien Trust]], [[HarperCollins]] and [[New Line Cinema]].<ref name="DLAZ"/>
  
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On [[13 February]] [[2019]], Amazon's newly created [https://twitter.com/LOTRonPrime Twitter account] associated with the show posted the quote "I wisely started with a map.", taken from Tolkien's [[Letter 144]].<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=https://twitter.com/LOTRonPrime/status/1095797330127646721|articlename=“I wisely started with a map” — J.R.R. Tolkien|dated=13 February 2019|website=Twitter|accessed=30 January 2020}}</ref> On [[15 February]] the Twitter account released a map of Middle-earth along with a line of the [[Ring verse]], over the next few weeks different versions of the map were released with each successive one including more labels than the previous as well as more lines from the verse. On [[7 March]] the final map was released which showed a wider view of Middle-earth, including the island of [[Númenor]] and the final post "Welcome to the Second Age".<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=https://twitter.com/LOTRonPrime/status/1103656946509344768|articlename=Welcome to the Second Age:|dated=7 March 2019|website=Twitter|accessed=30 January 2020}}</ref> That the series would be set in the [[Second Age]] had been predicted by [[Tolkien Society]] Chair [[Shaun Gunner]].<ref>{{webcite|website=Twitter|accessed=15 February 2020|dated=18 February 2019|articleurl=https://twitter.com/ShaunGunner/status/1097505289618841601|author=Shaun Gunner}}</ref>
  
‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Moving Forward at Amazon With Multi-Season Production Commitment|dated=13 November 2017|website=[http://variety.com/ Variety]|accessed=}}</ref> The deal between Warner Brothers and the Tolkien Estate includes the potential for a spin-off series. On [[13 February]] [[2019]], Amazon's newly created Twitter account associated with the show posted the quote "I wisely started with a map.", taken from Tolkien's [[Letter 144]]. Starting on [[15 February]], and ending on [[7 March]], different versions of a map of Middle-earth were released, first without labels, and each successive post including more labels than the previous map. The final map released on 7 March showed a wider view of [[Middle-earth]], including the island of [[Númenor]]. A different section of the Ring-verse appeared with each successive post, until it was completed with the fifth map.<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2019/02/21/105914-amazon-primes-middle-earth-our-journey-so-far/|articlename=
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On [[27 July]] a video was published that introduced the creative team; J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay were announced as the showrunners, the writing team consisting of Gennifer Hutchison, Helen Shang, Jason Cahill, Glenise Mullins, Justin Dohle, Stephany Folsom and Bryan Cogman, Belén Atienza, Bruce Richmond, Gene Kelly and Lindsey Weber as executive producers, Ron Ames as co-producer, Kate Hawley as costume designer, Rick Heinrichs as production designer and Jason Smith as visual effects supervisor. The team will also include Tolkien scholar [[Tom Shippey]] and artist [[John Howe]]. Bayona will direct the first two episodes.<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=https://twitter.com/LOTRonPrime/status/1155142047420080129|articlename=''Meet our Fellowship''|dated=27 July 2019|website=Twitter|accessed=30 January 2020}}</ref>
Amazon Prime’s Middle-earth: our journey so far|dated=21 February 2019|website=TORN|accessed=}}</ref>
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On [[27 July]] a video was published, where they introduced the vast creative team, including artist [[John Howe]], scholar [[Tom Shippey]], showrunners J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay, director J.A. Bayona and many writers.<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2019/07/27/106946-amazon-prime-introduces-their-fellowship-of-creators/|articlename=
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On 17 September, Amazon Studios announced that the series will be filmed in New Zealand.<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://press.aboutamazon.com/news-releases/news-release-details/amazon-studios-announces-new-zealand-location-its-upcoming|articlename=Amazon Studios Announces New Zealand as Location for Its Upcoming Series Based on The Lord of the Rings|dated=17 September 2019|website=Amazon|accessed=18 September 2019}}</ref>
Amazon Prime Introduces their “Fellowship” of Creators|dated=27 July|website=TORN|accessed=}}</ref>
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On 17 September, Amazon Studios announced that the series will be filmed in New Zealand.<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=https://press.aboutamazon.com/news-releases/news-release-details/amazon-studios-announces-new-zealand-location-its-upcoming|articlename=Amazon Studios Announces New Zealand as Location for Its Upcoming Series Based on The Lord of the Rings|dated=17 September|website=Amazon|accessed=}}</ref>
 
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
* [http://www.amazon.com/adlp/lotronprime Official website]
 
* [http://www.amazon.com/adlp/lotronprime Official website]

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The name The Lord of the Rings refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see The Lord of the Rings (disambiguation).

The Lord of the Rings is a TV adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's writings currently under production by Amazon Studios currently scheduled for release in 2021. Though named Lord of the Rings series, and promoted by Amazon as "LOTR on Prime", it will cover a wide time-span of Middle-earth's earlier history, with new story-lines.

Contents

Plot

The series will explore times before the years of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring, but will not touch on the events of The Silmarillion.[source?] The show will cover at least some events of the Second Age, as revealed through teaser maps posted on Facebook and Twitter in March 2019. In an interview with the German Tolkien Society, scholar Tom Shippey confirmed that the plot can't go before the Second Age and that the first season is supposed to have 20 episodes.[1]

Cast and characters

  • Robert Aramayo[2]
  • Owain Arthur[3]
  • Maxim Baldry[4]
  • Nazanin Boniadi[3]
  • Tom Budge[3]
  • Morfydd Clark[5]
  • Ismael Cruz Cordova[3]
  • Ema Horvath[6]
  • Markella Kavenagh[7]
  • Joseph Mawle[8]
  • Tyroe Muhafidin[3]
  • Sophia Nomvete[3]
  • Megan Richards[3]
  • Dylan Smith[3]
  • Charlie Vickers[3]
  • Daniel Weyman[3]

Will Poulter was cast for an unknown role in September 2019[9] however later in December 2019 it was reported he left the series due to scheduling conflicts.[10]

Development

Fourth map of Middle-earth, released by Amazon on March 6, 2019

On November 2017, it was reported that Amazon Studios were in discussion with Warner Bros. Television and the Tolkien Estate about developing a series based on The Lord of the Rings.[11] Later, in November, Amazon Studios announced they have secured the rights to develop a multi-season television series set in Middle-earth with the potential for spin-offs.[12] The rights have been said to have cost close to $250 million.[13] Amazon Studios will cooperate with the Tolkien Estate, The Tolkien Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema.[13]

On 13 February 2019, Amazon's newly created Twitter account associated with the show posted the quote "I wisely started with a map.", taken from Tolkien's Letter 144.[14] On 15 February the Twitter account released a map of Middle-earth along with a line of the Ring verse, over the next few weeks different versions of the map were released with each successive one including more labels than the previous as well as more lines from the verse. On 7 March the final map was released which showed a wider view of Middle-earth, including the island of Númenor and the final post "Welcome to the Second Age".[15] That the series would be set in the Second Age had been predicted by Tolkien Society Chair Shaun Gunner.[16]

On 27 July a video was published that introduced the creative team; J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay were announced as the showrunners, the writing team consisting of Gennifer Hutchison, Helen Shang, Jason Cahill, Glenise Mullins, Justin Dohle, Stephany Folsom and Bryan Cogman, Belén Atienza, Bruce Richmond, Gene Kelly and Lindsey Weber as executive producers, Ron Ames as co-producer, Kate Hawley as costume designer, Rick Heinrichs as production designer and Jason Smith as visual effects supervisor. The team will also include Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey and artist John Howe. Bayona will direct the first two episodes.[17]

On 17 September, Amazon Studios announced that the series will be filmed in New Zealand.[18]

External links

References

  1. Tobias M. Eckrich, "Exclusive interview with Tom Shippey concerning LOTRonPrime" dated 29 July 2019, Deutche Tolkien Gesellschaft (accessed 6 August 2019)
  2. Nellie Andreeva, "‘The Lord Of the Rings’: Robert Aramayo To Star In Amazon TV Series" dated 7 January 2020, Deadline (accessed 15 January 2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 "Meet the first members of our fellowship. #LOTRonPrime" dated 15 January 2020, Facebook (accessed 15 January 2020)
  4. Jeff Sneider, "Exclusive: ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series Adds ‘Years and Years’ Star Maxim Baldry" dated 15 October 2019, Collider (accessed 13 December 2019)
  5. Justin Kroll, "‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Taps Morfydd Clark as Young Galadriel (EXCLUSIVE)" dated 17 December 2019, Variety (accessed 4 January 2020)
  6. Nellie Andreeva, "‘The Lord Of The Rings’: Ema Horvath Joins Cast Of Amazon Series" dated 10 December 2019, Deadline (accessed 13 December 2019)
  7. Joe Otterson, "‘Lord of the Rings’ Series at Amazon Taps First Cast Member (EXCLUSIVE)" dated 22 July 2019, Variety (accessed 22 October 2019)
  8. Nellie Andreeva, "‘The Lord Of The Rings’: Joseph Mawle To Star In Amazon Series" dated 21 October 2019, Deadline (accessed 22 October 2019)
  9. Joe Otterson, "‘Lord of The Rings’ Series at Amazon Casts Will Poulter (EXCLUSIVE)" dated 4 September 2019, Variety (accessed 22 October 2019)
  10. Joe Otterson, "‘Lord of the Rings’: Will Poulter No Longer Attached to Amazon Series (EXCLUSIVE)" dated 12 December 2019, Variety (accessed 13 December 2019)
  11. Daniel Holloway, "‘Lord of the Rings’: Amazon, Warner Bros. in Talks for Series Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)" dated 3 November 2017, Variety (accessed 30 January 2020)
  12. Joe Otterson, "‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Moving Forward at Amazon With Multi-Season Production Commitment" dated 13 November 2017, Variety (accessed 31 July 2019)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Nellie Andreeva, "Amazon Sets ‘The Lord of the Rings’ TV Series In Mega Deal With Multi-Season Commitment" dated 13 November 2017, Deadline (accessed 30 January 2020)
  14. "“I wisely started with a map” — J.R.R. Tolkien" dated 13 February 2019, Twitter (accessed 30 January 2020)
  15. "Welcome to the Second Age:" dated 7 March 2019, Twitter (accessed 30 January 2020)
  16. Shaun Gunner, "[1]" dated 18 February 2019, Twitter (accessed 15 February 2020)
  17. "Meet our Fellowship" dated 27 July 2019, Twitter (accessed 30 January 2020)
  18. "Amazon Studios Announces New Zealand as Location for Its Upcoming Series Based on The Lord of the Rings" dated 17 September 2019, Amazon (accessed 18 September 2019)