Lord Of The Rings Prequel TV Show Confirmed By Amazon

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The famed creatures from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings will be featured in a TV series, as Amazon announced a multi-season production commitment Monday.

A couple of weeks ago, we learned that Warner Bros. and Amazon were quietly working on a new Lord Of The Rings TV series.

Amazon could choose to follow Bilbo Baggins' adventures after The Hobbit, it could chart the return of Sauron to Mordor, or Aragorn's time in exile as a ranger and the blossoming of his romance with Arwen. Amazon said its adaptation will be set in Middle Earth, the land of humans, hobbits, elves and orcs, in the period before "The Fellowship of the Ring", and includes a potential spin-off series.

"The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen", Amazon scripted series chief Sharon Tal Yguado said in a statement. Peter Jackson's trilogy of films are towering, inescapable icons of the genre, and it's hard to imagine the story of Frodo and the Fellowship getting a better page-to-screen translation.

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Will we see more of Frodo and Sam growing up in The Shire? Where do Gandalf and Saruman fit in, if at all?

Fans are speculating that could mean an adaptation of "The Silmarillion", a posthumously published prequel by Tolkien. It's not hard to see why studio executives would be pursuing a show like this, considering the movies collectively made almost $3 billion (£2.28 billion) at the Box Office and were nominated for a whopping 30 Academy Awards - of which they won 17.

It is clear that there is going to be a major rush to fill the gap left after Game Of Thrones ends in 2019, and both HBO and Netflix were part of the bidding war with Amazon to become the lord of the rights.

After six movies that grossed nearly $6 billion in theaters, Amazon.com Inc. thinks there's still money to be mined in Middle Earth.

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