Amazon Studios’ upcoming Lord of the Rings sequence has been largely shrouded in secret. We know that it’s set within the Second Age of Middle-earth, however that’s nonetheless over three thousand years of fictional historical past. It doesn’t slender issues down very a lot.
But the present’s official synopsis, obtained by The One Ring.net, appears to point that the present will nearly inevitably construct in direction of the Fall of Númenor, a cataclysmic wrath-of-the-gods situation that results in the inspiration of Gondor and finally the large battle-prologue moviegoers will keep in mind from the very first scenes of The Fellowship of the Ring.
Here’s the synopsis:
This epic drama is ready 1000’s of years earlier than the occasions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and can take viewers again to an period by which nice powers had been cast, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to spoil, unlikely heroes had been examined, hope hung by the best of threads, and the best villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cowl all of the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the sequence follows an ensemble forged of characters, each acquainted and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-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, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that reside on lengthy after they’re gone.
There’s just one “greatest villain” within the Second Age. It’s Sauron, the identical as in The Lord of the Rings correct, however not as you’d acknowledge him in from the flicks. In the Second Age, Sauron nonetheless had the flexibility to take bodily kind, and he selected to be, to paraphrase, completely sizzling and very charismatic. A far 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 Middle-earth” also can solely actually imply Sauron, but when the sequence’ creators are following alongside the apparent beats, there are two to select from. The Dark Lord’s first grasp at energy within the Second Age was to pose as a benevolent emissary of the gods, and trick the Elves into instructing him ringcraft so he might forge the Rings of Power. Eventually, they found out he was, you understand, really that basically highly effective servant of the final Dark Lord, they usually kicked him out — which is when he retreated to Mordor, constructed the Black Gates and began being Evil on Main.
The Elves teamed up with probably the most highly effective kingdom of Men, kicked his butt, and took him again to Númenor as a prisoner. Which brings us to the second chance for a long-feared re-emergence of evil.
There are a variety of kingdoms that “rose to glory and fell to ruin” within the Second Age, however there’s just one that principally outlined the period. That’s Númenor, the “breathtaking island kingdom” talked about later within the synopsis, the land of Aragorn’s very, very, very historic ancestors. It was a really highly effective and glossy human nation that the gods granted to the primary king of Númenor as thanks for his assist in defeating Sauron’s outdated boss on the finish of the First Age.
From his jail cell, Sauron cooked up a scheme to deprave Númenor’s authorities from inside, Wormtongue-style, and, after a few years and generations of kings, was ridiculously profitable. In Sauron’s final triumph, Númenor’s closing king tried to — paraphrasing barely right here — invade heaven. In response, the gods raised a large wave, crushed his fleet and buried the entire island beneath the ocean. (The wave additionally drowned fairly a little bit of Lindon, talked about within the synopsis, however greatest recognized for being the situation of the Grey Havens.)
The Fall of Númenor is each Tolkien’s tribute to Atlantis, a mythological remnant of some curiosity to him, and to his recurring childhood nightmare of his house being drowned beneath a large wave. Only 9 ships survived the cataclysm, carrying, amongst others, Isildur — whom you may know as that man from the very starting of The Fellowship of the Ring who refuses to destroy the One Ring after which dies like a chump.
These two eventualities characterize the recognized arcs of Middle-earth’s Second Age, as Tolkien described them within the backmatter of The Lord of the Rings and posthumously in The Silmarillion. Amazon’s sequence won’t have to decide on between them.
The present was greenlighted for a assured five-season run, loads of time to do a Game of Thrones-style multi-(multi-multi-)generational historical past that finally winds its strategy to the destruction of Númenor and Isildur’s escape — and even the founding of Gondor and the ultimate battle towards Sauron that marks the top of the Second Age.