Late last year, it was announced that Amazon would be creating a show based off J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Earlier today, Tolkien fansite TheOneRing.net tweeted out that the first season of the show will follow a young Aragorn.
— TheOneRing.net (@theoneringnet) May 16, 2018
Until now, we did not know much about the series. All we knew was that it would be 5 seasons, and would reportedly cost one billion dollars. With this new information, it gives us a better picture of the show itself.
Aragorn, played by Viggo Mortensen in the three Lord of the Rings films, was a member of the Fellowship that accompanied Frodo Baggins on his quest to destroy the One Ring. He is also the heir of Isildur and the rightful King of Gondor and Arnor. He spent much of his life unaware of this. He also spent several decades traveling across Middle-earth and as the Chief of the Dunedain Rangers of the North. At the time of The Lord of the Rings, the character is 87 years old and has a rich history, providing plenty of time for the Amazon series to cover.
While there is certainly enough material for the show to be only about a younger Aragorn, it is interesting to note that he will only be the subject of the first season. This leaves four other seasons to explore the history of Middle-earth. If you know anything about Tolkien, you know how expansive his world-building was. The Appendices of The Lord of the Rings could fill multiple series, let alone his other books covering Middle-earth. Since the first season of the Amazon series will focus on Aragorn, this leads many to believe that the show will take an anthology approach. Each season would explore a different character/area or time period of Middle-earth written about in the Appendices.
It is unknown yet who will be involved in the series creatively. Many are hoping for director Peter Jackson to come aboard. Jackson reportedly is interested in joining the series, but has not yet made a decision to pursue this or a DCEU film.