JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novels are set to be adapted for the small screen with a new series on Amazon, which begins airing on September 2, 2022.
The show is tentatively called the Lord of the Rings with reference to the the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the film adaptations that have become one of the most beloved franchises of the 21st century.
Amazon’s show will take place during the Second Age of Middle-earth, a period that ended with Sauron’s defeat in the battle between his forces and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.
Although it takes place thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, there are a number of characters who are likely to make a comeback in the next series.
Given the period, it is not clear if the original actors who appeared in the Peter Jackson films are planning to reprise their roles.
However, here are the characters who are likely to make a comeback:
The half-elf ruler of Rivendell, who was originally portrayed by Hugo Weaving, lived in the universe of JRR Tolkien from the First Age to the Fourth Age of Middle-earth.
Elrond is a key figure in the Second Age as he not only established the elven refuge of Rivendell during this time, but also played an important role in the fight against Sauron.
In the Second Age, there was a war between the Elves and the Dark Lord of Mordor that took place before the final fight that led to the latter’s defeat.
During the battle, Elrond tried to defend the elven kingdom of Eregion from the clutches of Sauron, but was overwhelmed by the forces of the villain and had to retreat north along with other survivors of the kingdom.
It was two years after the defeat that Elrond established Rivendell as a refuge for his fellow elves, whom he then had to fortify against Sauron’s forces.
Towards the end of the Second Age, Elrond took up arms as captain and herald of Gil-galad, the High King of the Ñoldor, and fought alongside Isildur and his men.
The battle was briefly shown in The Fellowship of the Ring, including how he tried and failed to convince Isildur to destroy the One Ring after defeating Sauron.
Elrond’s daughter Arwen, played by Liv Tyler, is sadly unlikely to return as she was only born in the Third Age of Middle-earth.
Galadriel is another Elven ruler with potential to make a comeback in the Amazon series, as she was one of the most powerful Elves to live in Middle-earth.
The Lady of Lothlórien, who was played by Cate Blanchett, was born during the Year of the Trees, even before the onset of the First Age.
During the Second Age, Galadriel ruled a fiefdom under Gil-galad alongside her husband Celeborn, before they established the elven kingdom of Eregion.
After leaving the kingdom, Galadriel and Celeborn became the Lord and Lady of Lothlórien, where they remained until they left for the Immortal Lands after the War of the Ring.
Galadriel was entrusted with one of the Three Rings of the Elves, and it was she who urged her fellow Elves to hide them from Sauron.
Following the defeat of the ruler of Mordor and the demise of the One Ring, Galadriel used his ring, Nenya the Ring of Water, to protect the kingdom of Lothlórien.
Of course, with much of the Second Age focusing on creating the Rings of Power, including the One Ring, Sauron is likely to make an appearance afterwards.
Whether he will be in the show’s first season remains to be seen, as Sauron remained in hiding for 500 years after the events of the First Age before revealing himself again during the Second Age.
During this period, Sauron built the Dark Tower of Barad -ūr in Mordor and he also began to raise a large army of Orcs, Trolls, and other creatures.
In the Second Age, Sauron also assumed the guise of Annator, known as the Lord of the Gifts, in an attempt to attract the Elves to his side.
While in disguise, Sauron advised the elven blacksmiths of Eregion on how to create the Rings of Power, although Galadriel and Gil-galad were suspicious of him throughout.
It was during this time that he secretly created the One Ring, and after being discovered by the Elves, he took 13 of the 16 Rings of Power, giving seven to the Dwarves and nine to the Men who were corrupted by them and transformed. in Nazgûl.
During Sauron’s war against the Elves, the Dark Lord conquered almost all of Middle-earth before being defeated, after which he retreated to Mordor to recover his forces and rebuild his army.
It was during the Last Alliance of Elves and Men that Sauron was again defeated, his physical form destroyed after Isildur cut the One Ring off his finger.
Sauron cannot be defeated without Isildur, so even though he only lived during the latter half of the Second Age, he is still a key figure of the period.
Elendil’s oldest son may have been Sauron’s downfall in the Second Age, but they met before the battle.
Isildur first lived in Númenor with his father and brother Anárion, and when King Ar-Pharazôn captured Sauron he was in danger of being corrupted by the Dark Lord who wanted him to cut Nimloth, the White Tree. , which Isildur saved by stealing a piece of fruit.
Isildur, his father and brother later came to Middle-earth where they established the kingdom of Gondor where he ruled alongside Anárion.
During the Battle of the Last Alliance with Sauron, Isildur’s father, Elendil, was killed and his Narsil sword was broken.
Not the type to give up, Isildur took custody of his father’s sword and used the remaining blade to strike Sauron, severing his finger with the One Ring and thus destroying his body.
It was because of Isildur that Sauron’s spirit was able to live on, however, because he refused to destroy the One Ring and instead took it for himself.
Isildur was killed when he was attacked by Orcs in the Third Age, and it was during this skirmish that he lost the One Ring while trying to escape through the Anduin River, and he didn’t reappeared only two thousand years later.