|The three-part “The Lord of the Rings” novel by J.R.R. Tolkien is something that every book lover should read because of its great world-building qualities and unforgettable characters that have made it an institution when it comes to modern literature / Photo by: Robert via Flickr|
With the highly successful yet divisive “Game of Thrones” series on HBO a thing of the past, fantasy fans are now waiting eagerly for Amazon’s series adaptation of one of the most popular and influential stories ever written. The three-part “The Lord of the Rings” novel by J.R.R. Tolkien is something that every book lover should read because of its great world-building qualities and unforgettable characters that have made it an institution when it comes to modern literature.
“The Lord of the Rings” is made up of three novels namely, “The Fellowship of the Ring” (July 1954), “The Two Towers” (November 1954), and “The Return of the King” (October 1955). If you haven’t seen the movie adaptations just yet, the novels are set in a world where mythical creatures good and bad are in conflict trying to gain possession of the most powerful ring that would allow the owner to control everyone. In the middle of all this is a band of little people known as hobbits led by Frodo, who ironically, has the ring and whose mission is to destroy it in the very same volcano where it was forged before the evil and monstrous Sauron gets his hands on it. Along the way, they will be stalked by Gollum, another creature corrupted by the darkness.
IndieWire, a film industry and review website that was established in 1996, mentioned in their article that since the book series’ original publications, there have been multiple adaptations with the most notable one being a movie trilogy directed by Peter Jackson.
|“The Lord of the Rings” is made up of three novels namely, “The Fellowship of the Ring” (July 1954), “The Two Towers” (November 1954), and “The Return of the King” (October 1955) / Photo by: BrokenSphere via Wikimedia Commons|
A Walk Through the Small Screen
Decades after the first book was published, who would have thought that the tale of the Fellowship of the Ring will continue to attract a lot of people? The news about Amazon’s small-screen adaptation has awoken the fans’ dormant admiration for Tolkien’s literary genius, so much so that even before Season 1 of the series is yet to start filming, they are already planning for Season 2, reported Engadget, a multilingual technology blog network.
The website also said that the “Lord of the Rings” TV series is set to film in New Zealand. Variety, an American media company, added that the cast will include Markella Kavenagh, Will Poulter, and Joseph Mawle.
The series will be written by JD Payne and Patrick Mckay. It will also bring in Bryan Cogman, who worked on “Game of Thrones,” as a consulting producer. Amazon Studios will be producing the series in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, so fans should be assured that it will remain loyal to the source material and not be just another “Game of Thrones” wannabe.
“The Lord of the Rings” three-part novel is, to say the least, a literary gem. Tolkien managed to create a fully fleshed-out world where characters, however fantastical they may be, were easily relatable with their world-views and behaviors. Though the plot might be common—a battle between good and evil—the novel emphasized the writing genius of Tolkien who introduced us to Middle Earth and its different languages that can easily be accepted as real. The setting may be fantasy, but a lot of the novel’s plot points and themes had their counterparts in the real world.
This is why when Jackson created and directed his movie version of the trilogy, a lot of fans of the books were critical on how he handled the material. While all three movies were a success at the box office, they gathered mixed reactions from fans and critics alike.
In 2004, “LOTR: The Return of the King,” won 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Out of the 30 total Oscar nominations the trilogy received over the course of three films, it won 17, a testament Jackson’s loving paean to the source material. Even the cast of three movies has remained beloved, which is why fans are hoping they can see them appear in the small-screen adaptation.
LOTR: A Prequel Series
The Tolkien fandom is something that is hard to fight with. They are mostly made up of middle-aged people who wish for their favorite series to be adapted perfectly. Amazon knows this only too well and it is making sure that the upcoming prequel series will be faithful to the world that Tolkien built. This is because, as Digital Trends, a technology news, lifestyle, and information website, said, contrary to the initial belief of fans, the Amazon series will be set thousands of years before Frodo and Bilbo’s tales started.
Reports showed that the series will feature a map of Middle-earth that reveals different landmarks from Tolkien’s fictional universe. This indicates that the show’s timeline will begin hundreds of years even before the ranger Aragorn was born.
The Amazon series will actually take place during the Second Age of Middle-earth, which was the time period when Sauron created the One Ring to rule all the other Rings of Power.
|The Amazon series will actually take place during the Second Age of Middle-earth, which was the time period when Sauron created the One Ring to rule all the other Rings of Power / Photo by: TAKA@P.P.R.S via Flickr|