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The Lord of the Rings (TV series)

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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.



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

  • Maxim Baldry[2]
  • Ema Horvath[3]
  • Markella Kavenagh[4]
  • Joseph Mawle[5]

Will Poulter was cast for an unknown role in September 2019[6] however later in December 2019 it was reported he left the series due to scheduling conflicts. [7]

Development and 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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

On 17 September, Amazon Studios announced that the series will be filmed in New Zealand.[11]

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. "Exclusive: ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series Adds ‘Years and Years’ Star Maxim Baldry" dated 15 October 2020, Collider (accessed 4 April 2020)
  3. "‘The Lord Of The Rings’: Ema Horvath Joins Cast Of Amazon Series" dated 10 December 2020, Deadline (accessed 4 April 2020)
  4. "‘Lord of the Rings’ Series at Amazon Taps First Cast Member (EXCLUSIVE)" dated 22 July 2020, Variety (accessed 4 April 2020)
  5. "‘The Lord Of The Rings’: Joseph Mawle To Star In Amazon Series" dated 21 October 2020, Deadline (accessed 4 April 2020)
  6. "‘Lord of The Rings’ Series at Amazon Casts Will Poulter (EXCLUSIVE)" dated 4 September 2020, Variety (accessed 4 April 2020)
  7. "‘Lord of the Rings’: Will Poulter No Longer Attached to Amazon Series (EXCLUSIVE)" dated 12 September 2020, Variety (accessed 4 April 2020)
  8. Joe Otterson, "‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Moving Forward at Amazon With Multi-Season Production Commitment" dated 13 November 2017, Variety (accessed 4 April 2020)
  9. "Amazon Prime’s Middle-earth: our journey so far" dated 21 February 2019, (accessed 4 April 2020)
  10. "Amazon Prime Introduces their “Fellowship” of Creators" dated 27 July 2020, (accessed 4 April 2020)
  11. "Amazon Studios Announces New Zealand as Location for Its Upcoming Series Based on The Lord of the Rings" dated 17 September 2020, Amazon (accessed 4 April 2020)