While few details about Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show have been released so far, the company is starting to tease the upcoming production. Following the map and poem released last month, we now know when the series will be set.
The setting for the series has been confirmed via two tweets. They show the map once more, but this time zoomed out to reveal the island of Númenor, which fans of JRR Tolkien’s books will know was destroyed thousands of years before the events of Lord of the Rings. In addition, a second tweet of the map includes the caption “Welcome to the Second Age.” Check it out below:
In Tolkien’s mythology, the Second Age is the 3,500-year time period that leads to the alliance of men and elves defeating the evil Sauron. This epic battle is shown at the start of Peter Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring, the first of his Lord of the Rings movies, which was set in the Third Age. While we knew that the Amazon show would be set before the events of the trilogy, it seems that the writers are going way back into the history of Middle Earth.
The Lord of the Rings show doesn’t currently have a title or release date, and no casting has been announced as yet. But it’s set to be an incredibly expensive series–it was reported last year that it could cost as much as $500 million to produce, which includes the $250 million that Amazon paid for the TV rights to the property.