J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary trilogy, Lord of the Rings, may be getting a TV adaptation produced by Amazon Studios.
According to Screen Rant, Warner Bros. has plans to turn Tolkien’s Middle-earth into a TV series and is currently in talks with Amazon to produce and release the TV adaptation. Amazon will have to win over both Warner Bros. and the Tolkien estate, which is run by Christopher Tolkien — the writer’s son — if the film studio wants to handle the project.
Most fans of the original novel and the movies seem excited about a TV adaption since Middle-earth is vast and the films didn’t adequately cover the world and lore Tolkien created. According to Entertainment Weekly, Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations of the books, shares LOTR fans’ sentiments. The Stranger Things actor would like to see more of Middle-earth. In particular, the Goonies star wants to see more of the dwarves in the Mines of Moria.
In the movie adaptions, the Mines of Moria are visited briefly but do not expand the lives of the dwarves there. Sean Astin believes a TV series could develop the culture of the dwarves in Moria.
Keeping in line with Sean Astin’s thoughts, there are a lot of other events and characters that might entice fans of LOTR and The Hobbit to watch and support a TV series. For instance, the question of where Ent wives are could finally be answered. In the films, the Ent wives are missing, and the Ents can’t find them. The films don’t explain what happened to the Ent wives and where they went or if they are still alive. Of course, the question of the Ent wives’ whereabouts leads to the question: what happens to the Ent race in the long run?
The “Scouring of the Shire,” one of the last chapters in Tolkien’s book, would probably be of interest to LOTR fans, too. It covers the only battle in the books that take place in the Shire. It depicted what became of the Shire while the hobbits were away and what they came home to after their journey. A key event for the TV series to cover would be the Battle of Bywater where Sam, Merry, and Pippin take up arms to retake the Shire from Saruman, known as Sharkey in this chapter, and his soldiers, who have taken control of the hobbits’ home.
However, Tolkien did make other characters for Middle-earth besides those seen in the LOTR and the Hobbit series. Like the “Scouring of the Shire,” a lot happened in Middle-earth after the War of the Ring. So there is plenty of material for a LOTR-inspired TV series that takes place after Frodo destroys the One Ring.
Conversely, there is also abundant material for Amazon to work with that takes place before the Hobbit storyline in The Silmarillion. The book depicted a time in Middle-earth when Sauron was not the most feared in the land.
The big bad in The Silmarillion is Morgoth, and instead of rings, everyone is vying for the Silmarils, sacred jewels made by the elves. The lore of the Silmarilli runs as deep as the LOTR’s storyline.
Besides Morgoth, other new characters are explored in The Silmarillion, like Beren and Luthien. According to Esquire, the story of Beren and Luthien is one of fate and love. Beren and Luthien seem like the predecessors of Aragorn and Arwen.
If Amazon Studios takes Astin’s thoughts on how to approach a LOTR TV series, the studio could end up producing material that compliments Peter Jackson’s films by adding more to Tolkien’s world and expanding it for his loyal fans. The TV adaptation could delve deeper into Middle-earth and explore different characters and timelines.
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