In late 2017, Amazon announced that it had secured the rights for a TV show based on The Lord of the Rings. Exactly what part of Middle-Earth’s long history would be covered wasn’t specified, but fans of the epic fantasy were beside themselves with excitement following the news. In a recent Tweet, the show’s official Twitter page confirmed that the show will take place during Middle-Earth’s Second Age, and included a rather lovely looking map.
A Tweet was published which read: “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them, In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
#LOTRonPrime”, along with a picture of a map which includes the land of Numenor. A fellow-up Tweet was then published which reads: “Welcome to the Second Age” and links to the show’s official website.
For those who are a little rusty when it comes to their Middle-Earth history, the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings occurred in the Third Age, thus this new show is set long before then. The Second Age lasted for 3441 years and ended with the first defeat of Sauron during the Last Alliance between Men and Elves.
It’s also worth noting that the map includes the land of Númenor, which was destroyed during the Second Age and was the home of the great Númenorians, whom Aragorn is a descendant of. The rise and fall of Númenor was a notable event during the Second Age and it seems likely the show will touch on this. The Second Age was also notable for Sauron’s rise to power in Middle-Earth, the creation of the Ring of Power, the coming of the Ringwraiths, and the early battles between Sauron and the Elves.
There certainly seems to be a lot of material for Amazon to work with and it looks like this will serve as a sort of prologue to everything we’ve seen in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Many of the notable characters from the Third Age won’t even have been born during this period, though some recognizable faces were around, including the Elves Galadriel and Elrond, who appear in The Lord of the Rings.
It looks like there’s plenty to be excited about and we can’t wait for Amazon to reveal more about the upcoming series.
The eight episode mini series Gentleman Jack is set in 1832 West Yorkshire, when women were to be seen and not heard, and lesbianism was merely whispered about. Anne Lister’s endeavour to turn society on its head came about when she inherited her family home; in an attempt to breathe new life into the household, she undertook business and was in search of a wife.
The cast supporting Suranne Jones as Lister include Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders) as Lister’s prospective wife, Ann Walker; Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Lister’s sister, Marian; Timothy West (Bleak House) as their father Jeremy Lister, and playing their Aunt Anne will be Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary).
The series premieres on the 22nd of April 2019. Check out the trailer below!
The 1998 novel is narrated by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, “a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959.” Along with Anya Epstein, Barbara Kingsolver will be adapting her own novel for the screen- a boon for literary purists who are wary of screen adaptations which lose their essence in translation.
The novel was a Pulitzer prize finalist, and has been called ‘breathtaking’, full of ‘humour and love’, with Kingsolver named as one of the finest writers of her generation.
Mike Barker, director of Outlander and The Handmaid’s Tale has been hired for the project, to tell the story of a young boy named Jack Sawyer and his quest through a monstrous dimension to find the mystical title object that might cure his dying mother, and even save two worlds in the process.
The heartbreaking All the Light We Cannot See is set in World War II and tells the parallel stories of a French girl, who is blind, and a German boy. Marie-Laure and her father escape Paris to a seaside town when the Nazis arrive, carrying with them a precious jewel. Meanwhile German ophan, Werner is a self taught radio expert who is enlisted by the Nazis to use this ability against the French Resistance. As they both try and survive the devastation of the war, their lives collide in spectacular fashion.
Without posting spoilers, Season 1 came to a pretty finite end, but season 2 is taking the story in a new direction with a whole new cast and will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor. For the extra bookish among you, bonus points if you knew that was a location from the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw, and it seems that book will be the inspiration for the new season.