Lord of the Rings TV series release date is approaching slowly, as Amazon already announced that they are committed to making multiple seasons. The news came from a scholar of Tolkien, Tom Shippey, as LOTR season 1 is set to be released sometime in 2020 and it is now known that it will have 20 episodes. This will be a prequel story art to the original books and movies as it will explore events and characters not seen on screen before.
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Lord of the Rings prequel TV series season one’s 20 episodes will be done in an American broadcasting standard style with Hour-Long episodes that come in around 20 to 24 per season. This is quite surprising since modern streaming-era allows for other prestigious styles of production and presentation. While fans have expected a different kind of medium in perhaps more cinematic 10 episodes per season edition, Amazon is determined on pursuing this broadcast standard style.
Tom Shippey, who is included in the production of the LOTR TV series as a part of their creative team, is a British retired professor and a scholar. He thought medievalism, modern fantasy, science fiction, and both Middle and Old English literature. Tom is recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works and on the subject, he has written several books and scholarly papers. Addressing some of the filming rumors, Shippey said:
“Logically, you try to bundle all the scenes that take place in one location and film them so that you have it done and don’t have to return to that place several times. But this also implies that everything has to be clear at the start of filming, you have to know the end. There’s supposed to be 20 episodes for the first season. So until they’ve decided what the end is going to be, they can’t start filming.”
Shippey also explained what liberties and what restrictions creative teams, writers, directors, and all involved in the production of this upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series have, and they are but few. According to his statement, there are no liberties to be taken into altering anything Tolkien has said and written in his works, so nothing about the events in the books can be changed, Tolkien Estate insists on that. Sauron, the main antagonist of the series, will remain an invader, the shape of the Second Age, a period of time that the movies only briefly mention, will also remain unchanged. Numenoreans, a line of people who, in the books, drove Sauron back, are later corrupted by him, as it is written by Tolkien. However, what they are in the liberty to do is explore those events that Tolkien hasn’t talked or written about.
“But you can add new characters and ask a lot of questions, like: What has Sauron done in the meantime? Where was he, after Morgoth was defeated? Theoretically, Amazon can answer these questions by inventing the answers, since Tolkien did not describe it. But it must not contradict anything which Tolkien did say. That’s what Amazon has to watch out for. It must be canonical, it is impossible to change the boundaries which Tolkien has created, it is necessary to remain ‘Tolkienian’.”
Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings prequel series has thus far kept the fans satisfied with decisions like bringing such experts and keepers of Tolkien’s works as Shippey on board. Shippey also said that what Sir Peter Jackson did with his movies is also off-limits. Peter also did a similar thing and explored some events that were not necessarily described in detail, so those things are also now respected as gospel. The production is now well underway, as the fans are waiting eagerly to perhaps see some fabled characters never before seen on-screen.