Amazon Teases Their LORD OF THE RINGS Series and an Interesting and Unexpected Setting
Amazon continues to tease their upcoming Lord of the Rings series with a few new tweets, and one of those tweets reveals a very interesting and unexpected setting.
Another map of Middle Earth was posted with the caption: “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.”
As many of you know, that quote is what is inscribed on the One Ring, but it’s the map that you should be paying attention to. The map shows the sea of Belegaer and there’s an island shown in the sea. That island is Numenor.
That was followed up by another tweet that teases, “Welcome to the Second Age.” This was previously teased with a map of Middle Earth that was already shared. But let’s dive into the island of Numernor!
For those of you not familiar with Numenor, it was a kingdom of Men, established on an island brought up out of the sea by the Valar in the early Second Age after the final ruin of Beleriand, and was where the Númenoreans originated from. It was a “gift to Men. It was also called Elenna or the Isle of Elenna ("Starwards") because the Dúnedain were led to it by the star of Eärendil, and because the island was in the shape of a five-pointed star.”
The men of Numenor lived in peace and they were forbidden by the Valar “from sailing so far westward that Númenor was no longer visible, for fear that they would come upon the Undying Lands, to which men could not come.”
They ended up resenting Valar and their ban, and the Númenóreans wanted to break free and explore the world and wanted everlasting life. “They tried to compensate this by going eastward and colonizing large parts of Middle-earth, first in a friendly way, but later as tyrants. Soon the Númenóreans came to rule a great but terrorizing maritime empire that had no rival, but a few (the Faithful) remained loyal to the Valar and friendly to the elves.”
They ended up taking over sections of Middle Earth, and with Sauron on the rise, Numenor would meet its tragic downfall down the line, but its survivors would go on to create the kingdoms of Armor and Gondor.
I would love to see this aspect of Middle Earth’s history explored! But there’s no word on how this will play into the series.
There was one other follow-up tweet:
In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure.— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) March 7, 2019
Star Trek 4 writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay are currently writing the Lord of the Rings series in offices that are on lockdown. It will consist of five seasons, and it has a budget of a billion dollars.
I can’t wait to start getting some concrete information from this show! I’m very much looking forward to seeing what comes from this epic series.
What do you all think about the latest tease?