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Get acceptable for a instrumentality to Middle-earth, but Frodo (seen present arsenic played by Elijah Wood successful the movie trilogy) won't beryllium there.

Start counting down, Tolkien fans. Amazon announced Monday that its pricey Lord of the Rings TV series volition premiere connected Sept. 2, 2022 connected Prime Video, noting that filming of the archetypal play conscionable ended successful New Zealand. Think of it arsenic a benignant of prequel to the books and movies you whitethorn already know, arsenic it's acceptable thousands of years earlier The Hobbit and LOTR.

Fans look ready, with much than 30,000 Twitter users liking the station successful little than 30 minutes. The tweet besides shared what appears to beryllium the archetypal ever representation from the caller show, leaving fans to speculate astir what it mightiness show. It's a scenic representation with a fig cloaked successful achromatic with their backmost to the camera. Amazon didn't explicate the image, but fans speculated that it mightiness amusement the "two trees of Valinor," 2 trees that brought airy successful past times.

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"Are those the 2 trees of Valinor successful the background?" asked 1 Twitter user.

Wrote another, "But they were some destroyed successful the archetypal property and Amazon lone has rights to the 2nd age."

But they were some destroyed successful the archetypal property and amazon lone has rights to the 2nd property 🤔

— Robert (@robbieswain14) August 2, 2021

Others speculated this could beryllium a flashback scene, writing, "Could beryllium immoderate benignant of retelling aboriginal connected successful the play of the events of the archetypal age? Like they did with the past confederation astatine the opening of (the 2001 movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)."

Could beryllium immoderate benignant of retelling aboriginal connected successful the play of the events of the archetypal age? Like they did with the past confederation astatine the opening of fellowship.

— ALΣX PΘP (@alex32359) August 2, 2021

There are 4 ages successful Tolkien's works. Lord of the Rings was acceptable successful the Third Age, and this bid volition instrumentality spot successful The Second Age. The celebrated One Ring of Lord of the Rings fame was forged successful this clip play by the Dark Lord Sauron.

"Beginning successful a clip of comparative bid ... the bid follows an ensemble formed of characters, some acquainted and new, arsenic they face the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth," Amazon said successful a statement.

Way backmost successful February 2019, Amazon shared an interactive representation showing the portion of Middle-earth that'll beryllium depicted successful the show. Users tin zoom successful connected parts of the representation and determination astir it. There's not a batch to see, but the representation does amusement the land of Númenor, which roseate from the oversea and past was destroyed and sunk backmost nether the waves, Atlantis-style.

This benignant of amusement needs a monolithic cast, and Amazon has revealed a long database of actors who'll prima successful the series, though there's not a batch of item astir the characters they volition play. English histrion Robert Aramayo, who played young Ned Stark successful HBO's Game of Thrones, volition prima arsenic Beldor, the starring relation successful the caller series. 

And Amazon isn't cheaping out. Deadline reported the institution paid adjacent to $250 cardinal for the rights to this material, making it the astir costly TV bid ever. That doesn't adjacent see the outgo of hiring the actors and unit and of accumulation Down Under. The Hollywood Reporter speculates that the bid could outgo much than $1 billion.

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