The Lord of the Rings is one of the most venerable fantasy franchises. JRR Tolkien’s series of books have revolutionized the genre, becoming the main building block of the genre from their publication until the present day. Peter Jackson’s films brought the story to a whole new generation of fans, making the story even more iconic than before.
With Amazon’s upcoming series set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, fans unfamiliar with Tolkien’s lore are going to see Middle-earth like they’ve never seen it before. There are over three thousand years of history to follow in the Second Age, making it fertile ground for a show.
ten A few flashbacks from the early years would better explain the tradition
While the Second Age is bursting with potential, not putting the show in the First Age is a missed opportunity. Told in the book The Silmarillion, the First Age laid out the origins of Middle-earth and the War on Darkness, introducing characters and concepts that would resonate throughout Tolkien’s work.
The events of the First Age inform those of the Second, so seeing the origin of the Elves, Sauron and his master Morgoth Bauglir, and the origins of dragons, Orcs, Balrogs and more would only enrich the show and give viewers a greater appreciation for how rich the world of Middle-earth really is.
9 Spending time with the dwarves would flesh them out better
One of Jackson’s greatest parodies LOTR films was the reduction of Gimli to comic relief. In the books, Gimli was a proud dwarf warrior and the movies were quite disrespectful to the character. The Hobbit movies made dwarves look better, but their mixed reception harms the way people view dwarves.
The show can change that by focusing on one of the Seven Dwarf Houses as they establish their new kingdoms, perhaps even showing the House of Durin digging deeper into Moria and cementing their power over their dwarf colleagues.
8 The creation of Numenor would show the ancient history of the people of Aragorn
Aragorn, Boromir, Faramir and many inhabitants of Gondor descend from the survivors of Numenor, the lost kingdom of Men in the western seas. Founded by the Valar, the gods of Middle-earth, for the three houses of Edain who fought alongside the Elves in the First Age, Numenor was one of the greatest human kingdoms in Middle-earth.
The Land of the Star is fertile ground for stories, showing what the pinnacle of human society looked like in Middle-earth. Its saga is long and bittersweet but full of story potential.
7 The return of the Numenoreans to Middle-earth had serious consequences
In the year 600 of the Second Age, the ships of the Numenoreans returned to Middle-earth, bringing gifts and wisdom to Men and friendship for the Elves. This is an absolutely crucial storyline for the development of Second Age and one that the show certainly cannot miss.
The Numenorians set up garrisons in Middle-earth, helping to restrain the creatures of Sauron and fighting against the Corrupted Men. There are also plenty of places it can go, either as a result of the Numenoreans struggling for good or those who were corrupted by Sauron who would become known as the Black Numenoreans.
6 The corruption of the Nazgul would make good stories
Sauron made Nine Rings for Men, giving them to mighty lords. The Rings corrupted these lords, transforming them into Ringwraiths, Sauron’s most powerful minions. Following this story would be a wonderful use of the show’s time.
Seeing these mighty lords start off with the best of intentions and then fall into Sauron’s power one by one would make viewing captivating and give viewers a new appreciation for Tolkien’s lore. The corruption of good is a central concept in his writing and this plot would show it.
5 Galadriel’s life in old age is full of potential
There are only a few characters that audiences know in the Second Age and one of them is Galadriel. Galadriel is one of the most interesting characters in Tolkien’s Legendarium. She is one of the most powerful elves, having lived pretty much all of the first age, surviving the terrible wars of the time.
She is also the most powerful and wisest Elf in Middle-earth. As one of the few survivors of the war with Morgoth, her Second Age life would be intriguing to follow. She and her husband Celeborn were very important elves and their actions need to be developed.
4 A younger Elrond would be amazing to follow
Elrond was born at the end of the First Age. His parents, Earendil and Elwing, helped end the conflict with Morgoth and let him forever reside in the sky like a star. He and his brother Elros were half elves and had a choice between the two families. Elrond chose the immortality of the Elves while Elros chose the Men, becoming the first king of Numenor and leaving his brother forever.
Elrond’s life in the Second Age was lonely and spending time with him, getting into his head as he became one of the wisest sages and skilled warriors in Middle-earth would be a great way to use the time of the series.
3 Not to follow Sauron through the Second Age would be a travesty
The second age is when Sauron emerged from the shadow of Morgoth to become the new Dark Lord. Whether it’s deceiving Celembribor in Lindon and forging the Rings of Power, destroying the Elven kingdom there, establishing Mordor and summoning the horrors of Morgoth to his manipulation of the Numenoreans, Sauron is essential to the history of the second age.
Basically, not following Sauron in the Second Age would be a huge mistake. His actions through the Age are among the most significant in the series, completely changing Middle-earth and sowing the seeds for what is to come.
2 Tolkien fans are hungry for Gil-Galad content
Gil-galad was the High King of the Noldor throughout the Second Age, at the head of the most powerful family of Elves. Born near the end of the First Age, he kept his people together during the tumultuous end of that Age and helped them establish new kingdoms in the new lands left after the Wrath War.
Not much is known about Gil-Galad and while many Tolkien purists turn up their noses to learn more about him through a show and not Tolkien’s own writings, not all fans are so arrogant. To know more about Gil-Galad and to see him go through the trials of the Second Age would be great.
1 The fall of Numenor shows the end of the greatest kingdom of men
Numenor, like many kingdoms, has become sclerotic over the years, with its kings and nobles growing jealous of the Elves’ immortality and their power. Eventually, Ar-Pharazon The Golden defeated Sauron and took him hostage, but began to listen to his manipulative whispers. This would lead the Numenoreans to separate from the Valar and begin to worship the darkness.
Eventually, Ar-Pharazon will attempt to invade Aman, the land of the Valar, in an attempt to wrest immortality from them. This would lead to the Valar relinquishing their power over Middle-earth to their creator, Eru Illuvatar, who destroyed Numenor and removed Aman from the world. It’s an important story about jealousy and pride, which are some of the most important themes that Tolkien has portrayed throughout his work.
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