Here's What the 'Lord of the Rings' Series Spent $1 Billion On

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Check out the official synopsis of the new 'Lord of the Rings' series!

The most fun I've ever had in a theater was seeing The Lord of the Rings movies. I saw Fellowship six times, and the viewings only went up from there. I couldn't get enough of Middle-earth. When I heard Amazon was bringing it to TV, I was worried it wouldn't hold up, but then I read they were spending a billion dollars on the show, I got very excited. 

Well, yesterday they officially released the synopsis of the show online. You can watch the video release below or read the synopsis after that.  

Check out the official synopsis below. 

"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."

This sounds like an epic adventure, which is pretty much all I want from this show. Knowing we're going back in time within the realm makes me think there is a chance we're getting Saruman in this one, but I love the idea of new legends and characters. 

We've heard hints of familiar faces. Could we see Legolas, Gandalf, or Gimli stroll across the screen? Time will tell. 

This makes me really eager for the show to debut. 

Amazon also released a teaser map, which you can see here.

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J.A. Bayona is directing the two-part pilot, and then we will see an eight- to 10-episode first season, with a minimum five-season commitment. Lucky for us, they are shooting the first two seasons back-to-back. All this is taking place in New Zealand, where the original movies were shot as well. 

We will keep you updated on the release dates.      

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Er, Gandalf, Saruman and the other wizards didn't appear in Middle Earth until long after the fall of Númenor. And Gimli isn't THAT old. You could see Elrond, Galadriel and possibly Legolas. If so, some interesting de-ageing of those actors would have to be done. It's most likely going to be the origin story of The Nine (and the forging of the One Ring etc).

January 14, 2021 at 6:36AM, Edited January 14, 6:37AM

Martin Belderson

Was about say the same thing: Dwarves have a max age of around 250 years, nothing at all like the elves. However, it was my impression that Gandalf and the other wizards were like primal angelic beings; there from the very beginning (though often in the background). Anyway, all I'm hoping for is that the series isn't going repeat the embarrassing mistakes of the Hobbit series, which were like the equivalent to the Star Wars prequal trilogy.

January 21, 2021 at 12:57PM

Douglas Bowker
Animation, Video, Motion-Graphics

the title says something about a billion?!?... well?

April 23, 2021 at 1:08PM, Edited April 23, 1:09PM

sorin gociu
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