Many may think that the creation of a prequel series to The Lord of the Rings is for financial purposes only, but the reality is that the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien are so rich and extensive that there is a huge field of action that Amazon Prime Video could take advantage of. Although there is already an announced cast and a couple of official images, which are actually maps, it really is not yet known for sure what the series will be about.
The few clues that these elements give us and the recent announcement that confirms that the series will be set during the events of the Second Age, give us an idea of all the stories that the series could touch and how it could be linked in a natural way with the trilogy. from The Lord of the Rings.
Here are 10 stories or narratives that we could (would like) to see in the prequel series of The Lord of the Rings.
The origin of Sauron
Originally Sauron is one of the angelic beings created by Ilúvatar, the creator of everything. Later he is corrupted by Morgoth the first dark lord who reveals himself against his equals and his creator. By the end of the First Age, Morgoth is defeated and Sauron hides for several centuries until he decides that it is time to plan his revenge. In this way Sauron becomes the great villain of the Second Age, when he forges the fortress of Barad-dûr near Mount Doom in the lands of Mordor.
The series could show some of this origin story and develop all its later plans with which it deceives men, elves and dwarves to take control of Middle-earth. Stories that unfold in the following points.
Annatar: Lord of Gifts
In the events of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Sauron is an almost intangible figure that manifests as a Necromancer or an eye engulfed in flames. However, Sauron did not always have such an appearance. During his beginnings when he began to interact with men and elves, he adopted the angelic form of a very beautiful man who won their favor by instructing them in the creation of rings of power. Sauron remained as Annatar aka The Lord of Gifts for roughly 400 years, before revealing himself as the terrible dark lord that everyone remembers and fears for the events of the movie trilogies.
The creation of the rings of power
Sauron is precisely the one who instructs the elves in the creation of magic rings with different properties. Under the guise of helping them maintain power and granting them various abilities that could help the peoples, Sauron together with an elf named Celebrimbor begins to create various rings. Of course this is all a plan so that Sauron can later corrupt and control all the ring bearers. However, Celebrimbor is agile of thought and creates three other rings of power that ultimately go to different lineages of the elves. One of them is shown in The Lord of the Rings in the hands of Galadriel (Cate Blanchett). Once Sauron realizes that he cannot exert control over the three rings of the elves, he attacks Celebrimbor and his kingdom.
Precisely the previous story is related to the creation of the unique ring. The series could well show stories such as the moment when Sauron creates the ring with which he intends to control everyone else, something that he eventually achieves and gives him the pseudonym of The Lord of the Rings. This mythical episode could well serve the purposes of the series and at the same time establish the direct connection to Peter Jackson’s movie trilogies.
The origin of the dark specters
When Sauron ventures into the creation of the rings of power, he gifts seven to the dwarf lords of Middle-earth and nine to the great kings of men. Dwarves are stubborn and don’t pay much attention to gifts as they are generally obsessed with digging in the dirt. However, humans fall easily and there are nine who give in to the control of the rings. Little by little they become invisible beings without will that adhere to another spectral plane of existence that only the dark lord can see. Surely you recognize the story, it is the wraiths of the ring or Nazgul that haunt Frodo in The Lord of the Rings. If the series focuses on telling all the details of the story of Sauron and the rings, it is very likely that we will see the origin of these nine dark horsemen.
The times of cordiality between elves and dwarves
Since we are talking about elves and dwarves corrupted by rings, it is known that during the Second Age both races maintained a fairly friendly relationship. The series could show the great dwarf kingdom of Khazad-dûm in action, a place of which we only see ruins and hear stories in the first installment of The Lord of the Rings. There near said kingdom hidden deep in the mountains, was the elven region of Eregion where Celebrimbor and his people settled. There was a very fruitful commercial relationship between the two communities that was broken once Sauron attacked Celebrimbor after the creation of the three elven rings of power and the dwarves chose to close their doors to the outside, becoming the « hermits » that we traditionally know by the movies.
During this stage of cordiality between elves and dwarves, there were many projects that both peoples carried out. One of them, for example, was the creation of Durin’s doors. As you remember from the movies, the kingdom of Khazad-dûm had two entrances and one of them was through huge stone doors that were illuminated by the light of the Moon and had a riddle of elven magic for the protection of the entrance. . How is it that gates with elven magic guarded the entrance to a kingdom of the dwarves? This is because during the Second Age both races were friends and the various moments they shared together could well be shown by the series that Amazon sets up.
The Rivendell Foundation
The kingdom of the elves, which plays an important role in both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was founded during the Second Age of Middle-earth. Elrond is responsible for taking his people to the hidden paradise where they take refuge after losing a war against Sauron, when he defeats Celebrimbor in his quest to obtain the rings of power. If the series takes the path suggested by this text, it is more than likely that we will see the young Elrond establishing the paradise elven refuge of Rivendell.
One of the things that has already been confirmed is the appearance of Galadriel, the mystical elf lady who in the movies is played by Cate Blanchett. In the series Morfydd Clark will be in charge of giving life to the queen in two episodes. During the Second Age, Galadriel is already involved in the political affairs of Middle Earth and constantly visits Celebrimbor in Eregion or Elrond in Rivendell. It is probably during this same stage that you obtain Nenya, one of the three rings of elven power. The fact that the character is confirmed and that the publication of the official Twitter account of the series talks about the three rings of elven power, makes us think that in all probability we will see all these events at some point in the series.
The creation and fall of Númenor
The maps revealed by the production of the prequel series of The Lord of the Rings show a configuration of Middle-earth in which the Island of Númenor still appears. The history of this city represents the end of the First Age and the beginning of the Second. Once Morgoth is defeated and Sauron flees, much of the men want nothing to do with the continent. With the help of the Valar, the angelic and all-powerful entities that are at the service of Ilúvatar, a piece of land is erected in the middle of the sea to which men go guided by a star. The place is founded by Elros, an elf who renounces immortality to guide others to a new destination. In fact Elros is the brother of Elrond, who chooses at that time to continue on the path of immortality. Although Elros becomes a mortal king, he still lives for about 500 years and his offspring also get very long lives. From this line the character of Aragorn descends.
Later, when Sauron uses his angelic mask to deceive everyone, he manages to reach Númenor and with his charms he becomes an advisor to King Ar-Pharazôn. Little by little he deceives him to convince him to rebel against the Valar, the same ones who gave the Island to men centuries ago. The plan of course fails and the entire conflict results in the destruction of the Island at the hands of Ilúvatar, the great creator of everything.
The birth of Gondor
After the cataclysm, the survivors of Númenor flee to the mainland and found the kingdom of Gondor there. In the beginning Minas Tirith is like a kind of tower to guard the capital, which was Osgiliath, but later it becomes the great white city that we see in the movies. The two cities are founded by Elendil El Alto and from there also arise the palantir, these spherical artifacts that we see in the Lord of the Rings movies and that help Saruman to establish communication with Sauron or other similar artifacts. This narrative easily sets the precedent for creating the world we see in the movies and makes it easy for the series to connect with Peter Jackson’s trilogies.
The Last Alliance
When Númenor is destroyed the great conflict almost ends with Sauron fleeing formless to Mordor to establish his new refuge. Of course he plans revenge and later faces the last alliance, named for the last union that exists between the men of Númenor, the elves, the dwarves and the men, to end once and for all with the powerful villain.
It was called The Battle of Dagorlad and it is the one that we see during the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring, where Elendil the Tall loses his life and his son Isildur manages to rip the One Ring from Sauron. Also said battle takes place in the swampy terrain that we see in The Two Towers, which by then is haunted by the souls of all the men and elves who lost their lives during the fight. This great battle culminates the Second Age and would establish the direct connection with the films. Will the Amazon series dare to illustrate this event or will it be based on other preceding stories?
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Luis Angel H Mora My letter from Hogwarts never arrived, so I focused my life on the cinema. I like writing, Harry Potter, Doctor Who and the parties I get to be an astrologer. John Williams and The Killers musicalize the drama of my life.