By Thomas Maranian

November 13th was a huge day for Amazon. Paying nearly $250 million for the rights to a Lord of the Rings television series, the company successfully secured the future for the well-known fantasy storyline. What is known at this point is that the show will take place prior to the start of The Fellowship of the Ring, as well as Amazon now has global rights, and has the possibility of expanding the series into many spinoffs. For hardcore fans of Middle Earth, this is a dream come true.

There is so much potential for various storylines of this series. Perhaps the story will be centered around a well-known wizard, or perhaps a powerful elf-king. It could be a show centered around the elves, dwarves, men, orcs, Sauron himself, or all of those together. We may see some of the same characters as in the show, or they may be completely new. Regardless, it is worth mentioning that this series may take a Game of Thrones approach and include all sides of the story. We know that the actual storyline will differ from that of the fellowship and the One Ring, but at the same time, it will lead up to it and show a side of what happened prior. Amazon has so much potential towards creating a long-lasting series for the fantasy world. You can expect to see everything that composes a high fantasy genre television show, including adventure, quests, action, romance of a sort, good vs. evil, and many various themes.

The Lord of the Rings films were without a doubt, some of the greatest movies ever made, and now it is up to Amazon to continue that legacy with many episodes. All three films received the Academy award for best picture, and ultimately won over eight Oscar awards. This just shows how expansionary the fan base has become for Tolkien’s world and story.

You can also expect many seasons to be released, seeing as there is so much complexity and detail involved in the world of Middle Earth. Perhaps there will be some returning faces portraying characters, or maybe there will be an entirely new cast. Regardless, it is worth mentioning that this series may take a Game of Thrones approach and include all sides of the story.

Adventure and heroism await us all as the producers of the next big thing undergo production. As a wise hobbit once said, “It’s a dangerous business going out of your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might be swept off to.” As of now, there is no confirmed date when the series will be released. For now, all we can do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us.