Lord of the Rings fans, we have some good news for you! Amazon Prime has signed a multi-season deal and has invested over $1 billion dollars into the project. Peter Jackson’s original trilogy was truly a masterpiece. Its special effects hold up to today’s standards, the scenery and graphics were beautiful, the storyline was fantastic, the music was epic, the acting was superb… there was very little one could nitpick about.
The Hobbit was a vastly less successful trilogy. Granted the storyline and plot it was working with was a lot less diverse (following a group of dwarves rather than the much more diverse fellowship group of the original series). Though the reviews were mixed, the general consensus was somewhat lukewarm. The Hobbit didn’t kill the franchise, but it didn’t continue it on quite the same trajectory either.
Fast forward to now, with Game of Thrones drawing to a close, fans of the show will be looking for something to quench their sword-wielding, battle-clashing fantasy itch. No question the show will automatically have wide-spread interest and every opportunity to win over our hearts… but the stakes are high. Television has come a long way and the critics will be out for blood.
If there’s anyone potentially up to the task though, it is probably Amazon. They have battled their way from the world’s biggest book retailer, to the world’s biggest ecommerce site to one of the leading on-demand TV platforms (and the list goes on).
Whether by intent or perhaps it just being too early to know, there has been very little information released about the coming series. It is expected to launch sometime around 2020 or 2021 (a very well-timed premier to capture the bloodthirsty Game of Thrones fans who will undoubtedly be looking for another show).
The series will take place between the end of The Hobbit and the beginning of Lord of the Rings (this order will sound familiar to Star Wars fans). This comprises a 76-year gap, which presents some interesting potential plot options (e.g. Aragorn’s childhood / adolescence, Elrond’s rule and battles in Rivendell, Gandalf’s protecting of The Shire… you get the idea. We’re in uncharted territory now as the series will not be based off any existing JRR Tolkien books.
It is likely that much of the original actors will be re-cast into their roles as required. Sir Ian McKellen, for one, has expressed interest in coming back as Gandalf.
The new series will certainly grab the attention of many forges and blacksmiths around the world. We at Swords of Might will do our best to continue to bring you the best selection we can find of these new Lord of the Rings weapons and armor (when they are released).If you want a first look at what comes, make sure you’re following us on Facebook and that you’re subscribed to our newsletter.
We currently sell several LOTR replica items – here are a few:
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