What’s up with this? I searched for and couldn’t find a thread about it. I first heard of it recently when I saw a couple of videos on Youtube about some maps that Amazon has been releasing, giving clues about the series. Here is one such video:Apparently Amazon purchased the rights to the LOTR books only, none of the other books; but those books include the rather extensive appendices which cover, among other things, the making of the rings and other events in the second Age. Amazon apparently intends making a series out of some of this material, with a budget quoted at around a billion US dollars.
There seems to be a strong desire among the fans who have commented on the various videos that the story be set in the second Age and maybe climax with the Last Alliance and the fall of Sauron. This might lack suspense, since we all know how the story comes out, but I presume a good writer could do a lot with these stories, and possibly make up some sub-stories to hold everyone’s interest.
Folks seem to be predicting that the next map will be released on March 6th (9 days after the most recent), giving yet more clues.
What do you folks think? Are you anticipating with relish, or foreboding? Are you worried about the intrusion of “liberal SJW elements” like black elves, strong warrior women and transsexual dwarves (these are examples I have seen of the potential “horrors” that may be released upon trepidatious fans)?
In the video description you’ll find a link for the map.