6:09 pm EST, March 7, 2019

Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series will focus on all-important Second Age

Amazon has remained pretty silent about their plans for their Lord of the Rings show, but on Thursday they gave a pretty big clue about the series’ setting and plot.

A map of Middle Earth that Amazon has been slowly filling in added an interesting area today: The island of Númenor. This island actually did not exist during The Lord of the Rings trilogy because it fell during The Second Age, a 3,400 year period before the Rings of Power were created.

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s world, The Second Age is a period set way before the events of The Lord of the Rings. In other words, this isn’t going to be a remake or a story about Young Aragorn.

“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them, in the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie,” Amazon wrote. The addition to the map was followed by a second tweet that said simply: “Welcome to the Second Age.”

Though it was not the focus of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings series, the end of the Second Age was depicted at the beginning of Fellowship when the Elves and Men battled Sauron’s team during the War of the Last Alliance, leading to Sauron’s loss of the aforementioned One Ring.

You can explore Amazon’s map of Middle Earth right here.

Amazon shocked the streaming world last year when they acquired the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. It’s a major deal because it helps Amazon remain competitive as they fight Apple, Netflix, Hulu, etc. for your streaming dollars.

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