It’s been a year and a half since we announced that Amazon was in talks with the Tolkien Estate and Trust for the rights to produce a Lord of the Rings series, based on the events leading up to J.R.R. Tolkien’s genre-defining trilogy. At the time, it wasn’t clear exactly what they were planning to do in terms of story line, but we did know that it was going to be some kind of prequel series.
A year after the initial production announcement, Amazon created a Twitter account for Lord of the Rings on Prime, and today they’ve made an important announcement on it, and changed the account to reflect the new reveal: the series will be set in the Second Age, in the epoch before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
With their tweet labeled “Welcome to the Second Age”, we are treated to a link to an interactive map of Middle Earth, one in which you can pan and zoom and get a good close look at the land in which the legends of the Third Age are to unfold. (We can’t do that here, but you can download the entire eight-megapixel map for your computer’s wallpaper.)
The production is being produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust as well as HarperCollins, the publisher of Tolkien’s works. New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, is also taking part. New Line produced the cinematic LOTR movie franchise. Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins said, “We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for the Lord of the Rings.” He continued, “Sharon [Tal Yguado] and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”
There is still no release date, but things are definitely moving forward.