Amazon Studios’ upcoming Lord of the Rings sequence has been in large part shrouded in secret. We all know that it’s set within the 2nd Age of Heart-earth, however that’s nonetheless over 3 thousand years of fictional historical past. It doesn’t slender issues down very a lot.
However the display’s legit synopsis, got via The One Ring.internet, turns out to signify that the display will nearly inevitably construct against the Fall of Númenor, a cataclysmic wrath-of-the-gods state of affairs that results in the root of Gondor and in the end the large battle-prologue moviegoers will have in mind from the first actual scenes of The Fellowship of the Ring.
Right here’s the synopsis:
This epic drama is about 1000’s of years ahead of the occasions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and can take audience again to an generation by which nice powers have been solid, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to damage, not going heroes have been examined, hope hung via the best of threads, and the best villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to hide the entire global in darkness. Starting in a time of relative peace, the sequence follows an ensemble solid of characters, each acquainted and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Heart-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, those kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live to tell the tale lengthy after they’re long gone.
There’s just one “largest villain” within the 2nd Age. It’s Sauron, the similar as in The Lord of the Rings right kind, however now not as you’d acknowledge him in from the films. Within the 2nd Age, Sauron nonetheless had the power to take bodily shape, and he selected to be, to paraphrase, completely scorching and very charismatic. A a long way cry from the 10-foot tall go well with of armor swinging a mace from the primary scenes of Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring.
A “long-feared re-emergence of evil to Heart-earth” too can most effective truly imply Sauron, but when the sequence’ creators are following alongside the most obvious beats, there are two to make a choice from. The Darkish Lord’s first clutch at energy within the 2nd Age used to be to pose as a benevolent emissary of the gods, and trick the Elves into educating him ringcraft so he may forge the Rings of Energy. Ultimately, they discovered he used to be, , in fact that truly robust servant of the closing Darkish Lord, and so they kicked him out — which is when he retreated to Mordor, constructed the Black Gates and began being Evil on Primary.
The Elves teamed up with essentially the most robust kingdom of Males, kicked his butt, and took him again to Númenor as a prisoner. Which brings us to the second one chance for a long-feared re-emergence of evil.
There are numerous kingdoms that “rose to glory and fell to damage” within the 2nd Age, however there’s just one that principally outlined the generation. That’s Númenor, the “breathtaking island kingdom” discussed later within the synopsis, the land of Aragorn’s very, very, very historic ancestors. It used to be crucial and glossy human nation that the gods granted to the primary king of Númenor as thank you for his assist in defeating Sauron’s outdated boss on the finish of the First Age.
From his jail cellular, Sauron cooked up a scheme to deprave Númenor’s govt from inside of, Wormtongue-style, and, after a few years and generations of kings, used to be ridiculously a hit. In Sauron’s final triumph, Númenor’s ultimate king tried to — paraphrasing somewhat right here — invade heaven. In reaction, the gods raised a large wave, beaten his fleet and buried the entire island below the ocean. (The wave additionally drowned fairly somewhat of Lindon, discussed within the synopsis, however highest recognized for being the site of the Gray Havens.)
The Fall of Númenor is each Tolkien’s tribute to Atlantis, a mythological remnant of a few hobby to him, and to his routine formative years nightmare of his house being drowned below a large wave. Best 9 ships survived the cataclysm, wearing, amongst others, Isildur — whom you may know as that man from the very starting of The Fellowship of the Ring who refuses to smash the One Ring after which dies like a chump.
Those two situations constitute the recognized arcs of Heart-earth’s 2nd Age, as Tolkien described them within the backmatter of The Lord of the Rings and posthumously in The Silmarillion. Amazon’s sequence would possibly now not have to choose from them.
The display used to be greenlighted for a assured five-season run, quite a lot of time to do a Sport of Thrones-style multi-(multi-multi-)generational historical past that finally winds its approach to the destruction of Númenor and Isildur’s break out — and even the founding of Gondor and the general wrestle in opposition to Sauron that marks the top of the 2nd Age.