Well this is slightly disappointing!
We have now heard that the Amazon’s plan for their upcoming The Lord of the Rings TV Series is to focus on the life of the young Aragorn. If you remember the films, Aragorn was played by Viggo Mortensen and although the character was in his 80’s he looked no more than early 40’s in the movie. This of course is down to Aragorn’s special lineage which grants people from his race with a much longer life than a normal human.
Here is what was sent out on Twitter by TheOneRing.net
— TheOneRing.net (@theoneringnet) May 16, 2018
So why am I disappointed in this development? After all, Aragorn being in his mid-80’s during the events of the movies means they could go back 60 years and still have an adult Aragorn to follow. And with the way Tolkien’s mythology works, there are many other characters from the movies who would be able to show up and provide guidance to the young heir to the throne of Gondor.
Here’s the thing, we pretty much already know everything that’s going to happen to young Aragorn. His end to the story is obviously The Lord of the Rings, where he becomes King and marries Arwen. However, we also pretty much know most of the dramatic events that will happen to him getting to this point as well. I won’t go into too much detail here but Tolkien did describe a lot of Aragorn’s early life and most important events.
I guess I personally felt there were far more vaguely described and far more interesting time periods with which Amazon could have played in. However, we have never fully understood some of the limitations of the rights Amazon or WB have. We do know that the Tolkien estate have vowed never to sell the rights to The Silmarillion, and thus it’s hard (for someone not involved in the rights) to gauge legally where The Silmarillion ends and The Lord of the Rings begins.
Lastly you may remember we had an article suggesting various different time periods in which this TV series may be set, if you don’t recall you can find it Here. Yes, written by yours truly, so perhaps you can understand why out of all the options I had hoped to see, this was the least attractive and most obvious to me.
That being said, it’s not about me or what I think, but what you readers think. I certainly hope I am proved wrong and this ends being a dynamite addition to the Tolkien movie universe. But let us know what you think of this in the usual place below.
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