So far, we’ve known quite a bit about Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series. We suspected that it would be extremely expensive (the authors paid a quarter of a billion dollars for the rights alone), it was clear that it would take place in the Second Age and that we would look at the Mediterranean and the island of Númenor.
More is clear now. First of all, the premiere date, which is closer than I would expect, confirms the recent Internet rumors that production continues at a good pace despite the pandemic: We can look forward to September 2, 2022.
And what exactly are we looking forward to? For example, to the old acquaintance Elrond with Galadriel, although some fans were shocked by the gossip that we would see the elven queen with short hair. Otherwise, you won’t see most of the characters from the book trilogy itself, because the series takes place thousands of years before it began – and as the new image from the first episode shows, it looks into an even deeper past than we expected.
The photo shows the immortal realm of Valinor from afar, enlightened by Telperion and Laurelin, the trees of life that shone on the elves and the divine Valar on their journey before the Sun and the Moon were made. However, these trees were murdered long before the events of the Second Age – so the picture probably shows a flashback of some of the long-lived characters.
I admit that for me personally, looking at two Valinora trees is something incredible. For many years, I didn’t believe it was possible to film Tolkien’s intricate, often difficult-to-read, saga-like Silmarillion – and yes, I know it doesn’t happen that the authors choose only a small piece of Mediterranean history, but still. Seeing Valinor on the TV screen is a dream.
If we wanted to dive a little deeper into the picture, I would be quite interested in who the figure in the foreground is, the one in the white coat. There weren’t many Tree Age witnesses left in the Second Age, so it could be Galadriel, but her hair didn’t really match all the book’s descriptions – perhaps another elven hero in exile who had once crossed the sea or crossed the Helcaraxë wasteland.
It is also a question of which city we actually see. Some foreign media reported that it should be Valmar, the city of the gods, but I doubt it. It seems too far from the trees, and the location exactly in the valley between the towering mountains corresponds far more to Tirion on the Tuna, the original settlement of the elven tribes of Vanyar and Noldor. The tall white tower dominating the entire skyline could easily be Mindon Eldaliéva, the lighthouse seat of King Vanyar Ingwë.
I wholeheartedly hope that a great series is being created under Amazon’s hands, but since I would be willing to stare at the picture released today for an hour at a time, I’m actually glad that at least one is being created. And that we will hopefully see him after the next holidays. The episodes will be published once a week.
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