Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Gets Official Synopsis

It’s been a while since we have had any updates on Amazon‘s The Lord of the Rings series that is currently in development. So, let’s give you one!

TheOneRing.Net revealed (which was later confirmed by IGN) the official plot synopsis for the upcoming live-action fantasy series. There’s not a whole lot of new details, but it does mention some of the locations that will be featured in the show.

Without further ado, here is The Lord of the Rings plot synopsis:

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.

Props to whoever wrote this. I mean it certainly teases an epic fantasy adventure that feels reminiscent of Game of Thrones (I’m sure the creatives would love to bank on that success). The prequel series will take place in the Second Age of Middle-earth, “thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.”

We still don’t know which “familiar faces” we will be seeing pop up on the show, but we do know who might be playing them. The cast for the series continues to grow. Here are all the confirmed actors so far: Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark (apparently as Galadriel), Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Daniel Weyman, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Lenny Henry, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells (apparently as Trevyn), Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, and Sara Zwangobani. Do you recognize anyone?

The first two episodes of the series were directed by J. A. Bayona. They finished shooting just before Christmas. The rest of the first season will start filming later this month. The goal is for the first season to begin streaming on Prime Video by the end of 2021.

What do you think of the synopsis? Do you think Lord of the Rings will be able to build a fan base as large as Game of Thrones? (And by that, I mean have people watching who would otherwise never watch a fantasy property like LOTR or GOT.)

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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