The upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series has undergone a lot of media hype lately. This is in no small part due to the Amazon marketing machine that has invested millions into the project. So far we’ve been teased with an interactive map which gives an idea of the setting for the show. However, up until now only rumours have pointed to specific time periods.
All that has changed now, as we now have an official time period setting. Amazon tweeted on Thursday with an updated version of their Middle-Earth map. It reveals one very important piece of information – showing the island of ‘Numenor’ is the corner.
For those of us who aren’t die hard fans, we were left scratching our heads with this news. Luckily the internet is filled with people who know absolutely everything about J.R.R Tolkien’s work.
Turns out the island of Numenor sunk and disappeared into the sea thousands of years before the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films took place. According to ‘theonering’, who actually wrote an article detailing this exact information way back in November 2017, this means the story will have nothing to do with ‘The Silmarillion’ whatsoever (a theory previously suggested by fans).
In fact, the story for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV series will most likely detail Sauron’s rise to power. Not only this, but according to comingsoon.net the story will also include the emergence of ringwraiths and the creation of the ‘one ring’ itself.
With this information we can work out the series setting to be roughly 3000 years before The Lord of the Rings movies. So maybe the TV show shouldn’t really be called ‘The Lord of the Rings’ at all?
Production is yet to start of Amazon’s big budget series. But with the writers being reportedly locked in rooms with fingerprint scanners, we’re expecting a lot from the show. We’ll be updating the site with any ‘LOTR on Prime’ news as it gets released.