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The Lord of the Rings (TV series)

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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 ubiquitously called a Lord of the Rings series, it will cover a wide time-span of Middle-earth's earlier history, with new invented story-lines.



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. The plot of the first season will cover 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]

Development & reveals

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.[2] The deal between Warner Brothers and the Tolkien Estate includes the potential for a spin-off series. Earlier on February 13, 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 February 15, and ending on March 7, 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 March 7 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.[3]

On 27 July a first video was published in both counts, 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.[4]

External links


  1. Tobias M. Eckrich, "Exclusive interview with Tom Shippey concerning LOTRonPrime" dated 29 July 2020, Deutche Tolkien Gesellschaft (accessed 4 April 2020)
  2. Joe Otterson, "Amazon Prime Introduces their “Fellowship” of Creators" dated 13 November 2017, Variety (accessed 4 April 2020)
  3. "Amazon Prime’s Middle-earth: our journey so far" dated 21 February 2019, (accessed 4 April 2020)
  4. "Amazon Prime Introduces their “Fellowship” of Creators" dated 27 July 2020, (accessed 4 April 2020)