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Another take on a classic… January 23, 2021

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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I enjoyed the LOTR films – wasn’t so keen on The Hobbit trilogy which seemed to stretch the very solid original to breaking point, so the news that the new Amazon Lord of the Rings series isn’t a new version of the three LOTR films is welcome. Indeed apparently it will be set in the Second Age of Middle Earth – thousands of years before the various films. The Second Age (all very Babylon 5, which borrowed liberally from the LOTR) was four thousand years long or so. Intriguing. Even more so is the information that the design of the television series is to be set within the same ‘continuity’ as the films. However, how much will follow Tolkien remains open to question. This seems hazy:

At the start of March 2019, Amazon revealed that the series would be set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the story of The Lord of the Rings.[36] Shippey explained that the series was not allowed to contradict anything that Tolkien had written about the Second Age and would have to follow the broad strokes of his narrative, with the Tolkien Estate prepared to veto any such changes, but Amazon was free to add characters or details to fill in the gaps between Tolkien’s works. The series is also only allowed to adapt and reference content from the Lord of the Rings books and their extensive appendices rather than any of Tolkien’s other books that explore the Second Age such as The Silmarillion. The Tolkien Estate retained the rights to the events of the First Age while Middle-earth Enterprises held the rights to the events of the Third Age (as seen in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films), so the series was also not allowed to explore those. Shippey felt this left the series with “a lot of scope for interpretation and free invention”.[33] A synopsis for the series revealed in January 2021 that locations for the series included the Misty Mountains, the elf-capital Lindon, and the island kingdom of Númenor.[2]

No Gandalf who arrived later in the timeline (and speaking of LOTR related things I’m interested in ASF’s take on this).

BTW, an interesting political note, ‘Amazon’s decision to film in New Zealand was reportedly influenced by the New Zealand government’s reassurances that the country was safe to film in following the Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2020, as well as the potential effects of Brexit in Scotland.’

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1. NFB - January 23, 2021

Just about the only reason I’ll be convinced to get Amazon Prime!

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WorldbyStorm - January 23, 2021

Yeah I’ve got to admit I’m really intrigued

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Klassenkampf Treehugger - January 24, 2021

Nothing, but nothing, will persuade me to give that royal shit Bezos a penny of my hard-earned.

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2. Mat - January 23, 2021

As an Auckland resident we have also noticed that the adverts for extras includes ones who must be comfortable with nudity. Which suggests the potential for going down the GOTs route.

Despite that and finding Game of Thrones incredibly boring I am intrigued, as I’ve never bothered to read the Silmarillion but love The Hobbit and LOTR books.

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WorldbyStorm - January 24, 2021

I wasn’t that keen on GOT tbh. Found it very difficult to relate to the characters and the sense of a time and place where there was no prospect for progress.

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EWI - January 24, 2021

There was something a while back about how they have an ‘intimacy coordinator’, or whatever the title’s called. Tolkien would be horrified.

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3. EWI - January 24, 2021

Even more so is the information that the design of the television series is to be set within the same ‘continuity’ as the films.

This is a regrettable decision (though not surprising if they’re using Weta Workshops).

I assume that the series actually takes place at the end of the Second Age.

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