Amazon Featured Lord of the Rings TV Shows About Young Aragorn and a Gimli Spinoff


The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, the upcoming Prime Video series, is set in Middle-earth during the Second Age, a few thousand years before the events of The Hobbit. However, when the streamer initially pitched proposals from potential writers, there was no set time frame they wanted to explore. At the time, rumors swelled that a show about a young Aragorn was in the running, confirmed by The Rings of Power co-showrunner JD Payne.

“When we first introduced ourselves, we were told that there were literally dozens of other people throwing their hats in the ring as well, and everyone was coming in with different things,” he said. -he declares. Total Film in the new issue (opens in a new tab) magazine, which features The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on the cover. “Amazon bought the rights to the trilogy, the appendices and The Hobbit. They said the field was wide open – any story in that material, you could tell. So you had people presenting the Young Aragon show, or the Gimli spin-off, or other sorts of things.”

Along with fellow writer Patrick McKay, the duo set out to plan something that would be ambitious and whet Amazon’s appetite.

“They wanted to do something worthy of Tolkien,” Payne continues. “And as we really thought about it, as we sorted through the material and saw all kinds of different stories – this story of the Second Age, so the Dark Lord Sauron, and the Fall of Númenor, and the fight against Sauron at Mount Doom This major events arc of the Second Age felt like such an incredible and untold story.

The pair set about planning the show’s arc, looking at the “crumb trail” author JRR Tolkien left behind, as McKay puts it. “I dare say that if something clicked, it’s that the stories are good because they are from him,” he adds.

Learn more about the cast and crew behind the series in the new issue of Total Film (opens in a new tab)with our huge TV preview on The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The House of the Dragon, Andor, The Mandalorian Season 3, and more.

The magazine hits shelves July 26 and will be available for order via this link (opens in a new tab). Or subscribe and never miss an issue again and receive magazines with exclusive cover images and insider secrets. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is streaming on Prime Video from September 2.

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