Amazon Studios’ upcoming Lord of the Rings collection has been largely shrouded in secret. We all know that it’s set within the Second Age of Center-earth, however that’s nonetheless over three thousand years of fictional historical past. It doesn’t slim issues down very a lot.
However the present’s official synopsis, obtained by The One Ring.web, appears to point that the present will virtually inevitably construct in the direction of the Fall of Númenor, a cataclysmic wrath-of-the-gods state of affairs that results in the muse of Gondor and finally the massive battle-prologue moviegoers will keep in mind from the very first scenes of The Fellowship of the Ring.
Right here’s the synopsis:
This epic drama is ready hundreds 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 have been cast, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to smash, unlikely heroes have 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. Starting in a time of relative peace, the collection follows an ensemble solid of characters, each acquainted and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Center-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 stay on lengthy after they’re gone.
There’s just one “best 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 films. Within the Second Age, Sauron nonetheless had the flexibility to take bodily type, and he selected to be, to paraphrase, completely sizzling and intensely charismatic. A far cry from the 10-foot tall swimsuit 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 Center-earth” may solely actually imply Sauron, but when the collection’ creators are following alongside the apparent beats, there are two to select from. The Darkish 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 Energy. Finally, they found out he was, you understand, truly that basically highly effective servant of the final Darkish Lord, they usually kicked him out — which is when he retreated to Mordor, constructed the Black Gates and began being Evil on Predominant.
The Elves teamed up with essentially the most highly effective kingdom of Males, kicked his butt, and took him again to Númenor as a prisoner. Which brings us to the second risk for a long-feared re-emergence of evil.
There are a whole lot of kingdoms that “rose to glory and fell to smash” within the Second Age, however there’s just one that mainly 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 remaining 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 finest identified for being the situation of the Gray 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 dwelling being drowned beneath a large wave. Solely 9 ships survived the cataclysm, carrying, amongst others, Isildur — whom you would possibly 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 situations signify the identified arcs of Center-earth’s Second Age, as Tolkien described them within the backmatter of The Lord of the Rings and posthumously in The Silmarillion. Amazon’s collection may not have to decide on between them.
The present was greenlighted for a assured five-season run, loads of time to do a Recreation of Thrones-style multi-(multi-multi-)generational historical past that finally winds its technique to the destruction of Númenor and Isildur’s escape — and even the founding of Gondor and the ultimate battle in opposition to Sauron that marks the tip of the Second Age.