Amazon’s $1 Billion ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Sounds Massive

By October 19, 2020Adaptations, News

If your a fan of Tolkien’s fantasy world of Middle-Earth, then you’ll no doubt be aware that Amazon is currently working on a series adaptation that is set to air on its streaming service. As you can imagine, a series based upon such an epic fantasy series is a huge undertaking, but Amazon appears to be meeting the task head-on, with a reported budget of $1 billion for five seasons. Production is currently underway, and actress Morfrydd Clark, who plays a young Galadriel, reports that the project is absolutely vast. In fact, there are even people in charge of studying how dust reacts on set.

“In many ways, I’m at my happiest and most fulfilled doing more intimate projects like Saint Maud,” Clark said in a recent interview with NME. “I feel like I’ve got my fix of the massive stuff by doing Lord of the Rings. The amount of [people working] on this show is continually mind-blowing. One guy’s job consists just of seeing how dust reacts to footsteps and breath! That would never have even crossed my mind before. Other than something like Marvel, I don’t think things could get much bigger than this.”

Filming on the series came to a halt earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but work has now resumed with the cast and crew living in isolated together to prevent the virus from being introduced to the set. “It’s definitely strange going into lockdown with people that you have just started working with,” Clark said. “But I think we all treat each other like family. Sure, you’ll occasionally get annoyed by people, but you still like them… because you don’t have a choice. I think this time I’ve spent with the cast will be useful on set. But I obviously worry that the audience will be able to see in our eyes that certain sections were filmed pre-lockdown and some afterwards.”
As a long time fan of The Lord of the Rings, Clark expressed her enthusiasm for the idea of actor Elijah Wood reprising his role as Frodo Baggins. In an interview, Elijah, who played Frodo in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films said he would be open to working on the Amazon series, provided it made sense for his character to appear.

“Those films are so iconic for me. I’ve actually been suppressing what I know about the Tolkien universe since I came out here,” Clark said. “I honestly just love the idea that Elijah Wood has said that because I am such a fan. I’d love everyone to do a cameo in it. It’s so nice to hear support for the series from someone like that.”

Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series will be set during the Second Age of Middle-Earth, thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. Given the long time gap, it’s unlikely we’ll see many characters from The War of the Ring, but certain characters with very long lifespans (mainly Elves) would have been alive, including the likes of Celeborn, Elrond, and of course, Galadriel. We’re yet to be given a solid release date, but the series is expected to make its debut next year. No doubt we’ll get plenty more info soon.

The Feminist Library will celebrate its 44th birthday in March, and now that date will be the start of an exciting time for the library as the date also signifies the day that the library will move to Peckham after Crowdfunding success.

The library staff have spoken of their relief at raising £35,000 for its move to Peckham and the provisional opening date for the new library is 14th March. It was October when the Feminist Library launched a crowdfunding campaign for its relocation to a community centre in Peckham after being based in Westminster for the last thirty years.

Sadly the volunteer run archive lost its current location on Westminster Bridge Road where it has stood for the last thirty years due to redevelopment of the site but could not afford to move. However, a successful crowdfunder has now raised £35,000, allowing the relocation to go ahead.

The library holds around 4,000 items, books, periodicals and archives, all relating to feminism and is now hoping that with plenty of volunteer help, moving into the new space will be much easier. The library is a rich historical resource, tracing the feminist movement as it developed over the last fo9ur to give decades. As well as housing historical items relating to the movement, the library also acts as a community space for women, feminists and activists alike.

If you’d like to support the Feminist Library you can become a volunteer by emailing [email protected], support the Crowdfunder here, or become a friend to the library and help with general running costs.

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The Feminist Library will celebrate its 44th birthday in March, and now that date will be the start of an exciting time for the library as the date also signifies the day that the library will move to Peckham after Crowdfunding success.

The library staff have spoken of their relief at raising £35,000 for its move to Peckham and the provisional opening date for the new library is 14th March. It was October when the Feminist Library launched a crowdfunding campaign for its relocation to a community centre in Peckham after being based in Westminster for the last thirty years.

Sadly the volunteer run archive lost its current location on Westminster Bridge Road where it has stood for the last thirty years due to redevelopment of the site but could not afford to move. However, a successful crowdfunder has now raised £35,000, allowing the relocation to go ahead.

The library holds around 4,000 items, books, periodicals and archives, all relating to feminism and is now hoping that with plenty of volunteer help, moving into the new space will be much easier. The library is a rich historical resource, tracing the feminist movement as it developed over the last fo9ur to give decades. As well as housing historical items relating to the movement, the library also acts as a community space for women, feminists and activists alike.

If you’d like to support the Feminist Library you can become a volunteer by emailing [email protected], support the Crowdfunder here, or become a friend to the library and help with general running costs.

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