The highly anticipated Amazon Lord of the Rings series has finally, three years after it was announced, released its official 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.”
The Second Age was when the Rings of Power came into existence, hence the mention of “great powers [being] forged”, and it’s more than likely that “the greatest villain” is a reference to Sauron, rather than Morgoth. Amazon’s upcoming show is currently planned as a minimum five-season series, with between 8 and 10 episodes per season.
The show has also amassed a massive cast, including Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones), Nazanin Boniadi (Scandal, How I Met Your Mother), Morfydd Clark (Saint Maud), Ismael Cruz Cordova (The Mandalorian), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Power, Arrow), Maxim Baldry (Years and Years), to name but a few recognisable names amidst a mostly unknown pool of talent. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J. A. Bayona will direct the first two episodes, but no word yet on when we might expect the show to premiere.