Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Series to Take Place During Second Age

Last week we were playing catch up on all the news and rumors concerning Amazon’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings series. And while the series will not be a new adaptation of Tolkien’s original novel, it’s looking like the name The Lord of the Rings may still be apt.

The official Twitter account for the Amazon series tweeted on Thursday “Welcome to the Second Age”.

What does this mean? It means the show will likely take place much earlier than Peter Jackson’s trilogy, which was set near the end of the Third Age. To get an idea how much time we’re talking about, consider that the events depicted in the films take place over 3000 years after the Second Age ends. Incidentally, we do witness the event that closes out the Second Age – The Last Alliance of Elves and Men – in the prologue for The Fellowship of the Ring when Isildur cuts the ring from Sauron’s hand, and Narsil, the sword that Aragorn eventually inherits in The Return of the King, is broken.

Basically, we’re dealing with huge swaths of time here, which means there’s a ton of ground that could be covered and many events and characters that could be depicted (including a few characters from Jackson’s films – chiefly Gandalf, Galadriel, and Elrond), but I’m guessing the forging of the Rings of Power will be the key event that drives the show’s plot.

This probably debunks earlier rumors that the first season of the show would feature a younger Aragorn, although I could see the first season introducing us to the Second Age through this character via stories and flashbacks. In Tolkien’s legendarium, Aragorn lives at Rivendale for a time, and because Elrond figures prominently in the The Last Alliance, it probably wouldn’t be the worst idea to ease viewers unfamiliar with the broader history of Middle Earth into those events through characters they’re already familiar with. Plus, Amazon Studio head Jennifer Salke mentioned we’d be seeing some familiar characters, so I think it’s still possible Aragorn could show up in some capacity.

But what are your thoughts on this news? Are you interested in seeing a Lord of the Rings show that isn’t focused on the War of the Ring? What characters or events from the Second Age would you like to see on screen? We’ll see you in the comments.