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Amazon spends $465 Million on Lord of the Rings TV Series

Jordynn Godfrey

Posted on April 18, 2021 21:48

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The TV series would be an excellent way to explore the universe of Middle Earth in more detail than is possible in a film.

In 2017, Amazon announced the creation of a new The Lord of the Rings TV series. Production was underway, then paused in early 2020 due to the pandemic. Fortunately, they were able to resume production December of 2020. It was reported that Amazon spent $465 million on just one season. This is a massive budget, as most series spend about $500 million for multiple seasons.

This is exciting news for fans of Tolkien’s universe. However, personally, there is much to speculate. The first thing I wonder is what more the series hopes to contribute to the stories? In my opinion, the films did a great job preserving the integrity of Tolkien’s world. Of course, there were several things from the book that were left out of the film, but the majority of the story made it to screen. However, I believe what didn’t make it to the films may have distracted from the main plot, or would take too much time to explain fully through film.  The removal of certain characters/scenes did not take away from the overall understanding of the story.

That being said, a TV series would be an excellent way to explore the universe of Middle Earth in more detail than is possible in a film. For instance, a popular character in the LOTR books is Tom Bombadil. Making his appearance in one scene of the first book, The Fellowship of The Ring, Tom helps Frodo and his companions while they are travelling to Rivendell by saving them from the clutches of Old Man Willow. Curiously, the One Ring has no power over Tom. He can wear it without effect, and can see Frodo when he is invisible to others. Later, Gandalf says that Tom couldn’t be trusted with the ring because it didn’t affect him, that he might not take it seriously and simply misplace it.   

Thereafter, Tom isn’t seen for the rest of the books. Since he ultimately has little to no effect on the plot of the story, he was cut from the film version. However, it may be interesting for this scene to be included in the TV series, as well as an exploration into who, or what, exactly Tom Bombadil is.

The series could take this approach throughout the books, including scenes/characters that did not make it to the films, such as a character known as the Necromancer, or the scene in which the Hobbits must repair the Shire after returning from their journey. Perhaps they could fully explore the background of characters such as Aragorn, Gimli, Merry and Pippin, Gandalf, and many others.

Ultimately, I see this Amazon series as a potentially entertaining way to explore Middle Earth, particularly for fans who would like to see these characters/scenes brought to life. However, I am curious as to whether or not they will try to add to/change anything in the original LOTR plot. I suppose, for now, we’ll simply have to wait and see!

Jordynn Godfrey

Posted on April 18, 2021 21:48

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