Amazon Producing Lord Of The Rings TV Show to Compete With Game Of Thrones

By Published on November 14, 2017

Amazon announced Monday that it will begin production of a Lord of the Rings TV series, to compete with popular shows like Game of Thrones.

Amazon’s series will depict events preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Fellowship of the Ring, according to the company’s Monday press release. The announcement comes two months after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called for the company to produce its own mega-popular series like Game of Thrones. The rights deal signed between Amazon and Tolkien Estate and Trust also allows for a potential spin-off series.

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“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,” said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. “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.”

Some fans have speculated that the show may follow the events of Tolkien’s Silmarillion, which depicts what is essentially the creation myth of Middle Earth.

Amazon has made no concrete announcement regarding the show’s premise, however, and “stories preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring” cover most of the universe’s timeline.

 

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  • Dean Bruckner

    Bezos cannot be trusted with the Christianity-compatible world view of Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

    If you want to see what Harveywood did to give a book a heart transplant, look at what it did with the remake of Tron. It deleted the User, the Creator figure who became incarnated into the the world of the computer to save it, and instead uploaded the alien virus of Buddhism into the film. Jeff Bridges sitting on a meditation mat in the Tron remake movie is all the evidence one needs to know the moral and spiritual treachery of those wretches.

    • Hannah

      The Silmarillion isn’t going to be the focus of this show, unfortunately; that’s honestly the only book that goes into great intimate detail about the Godhead of Tolkien’s universe. Manwë and Varda are the only two deities out of 12+ who are mentioned in LotR, and they more closely resemble Greek demi-gods than God Himself (a title exclusively held by the oft-elusive Eru Ilúvatar).

      That said, I understand the hesitation to trust this story in the hands of the public, but Tolkien never considered his stories to be allegory; he despised the notion, openly ridiculing his best friend C. S. Lewis for including it in the Narnia series. He says in his introductory note to Fellowship of the Rings that while there are similarities to true events, he didn’t intentionally write it like that. Because his faith was strong, it filtered into his work, not the other way ’round. If it is treated with the same reverence as Martin’s GoT, we’ll have an incredible journey. Here’s hoping!

      • Dean Bruckner

        Thank you, Hannah. I’m not saying it’s allegory, just that the moral universe of the LOTR is the same as that of Christianity; that is to say, both align with reality. I believe Tolkien would have agreed.

        Here’s one quotation from the character of Aragorn in The Two Towers that illustrates this point:

        You may say this to Théoden son of Thengel: open war lies before him, with Sauron or against him. None may live now as they have lived, and few shall keep what they call their own. Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man’s part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.

        This is definitely not the noxious immoral sewer fog of the relativist Progressives. Further, Tolkien stated that he wrote the Silmarillion to ensure that other world views did not seize the mythology of Middle Earth.

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