Characters We Want In The Lord Of The Rings Amazon Prequel
In 2017, Amazon announced that its Prime streaming video service would soon be home to a truly epic project: A TV series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's massive Lord of the Rings legendarium. While Lord of the Rings itself has already been adapted for live action, quite successfully in the form of Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning film trilogy, this series will be set many years before those events.
We now know that Amazon's Lord of the Rings prequel series will take viewers to the Second Age, a period of time that ended nearly 3,000 years before Frodo Baggins was born and culminated in the War of the Last Alliance, which saw Isildur cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand in battle. The Second Age itself is also vast, covering a little more than 3,400 years of history that included wars, the rising and falling of kingdoms, and of course the creation of the Rings of Power, including the One Ring to Rule Them All.
There's a vast canvas for Amazon to work with, and that means a lot of different characters from Tolkien lore could pop up. Here are our picks for who we'd most like to see, with a particular emphasis on characters who haven't already starred in a big-budget movie.
Elendil is a character who appears for only a moment in the prologue to the Lord of the Rings films, as the High King of Gondor and Arnor who helped forge the Last Alliance that was able to defeat Sauron at the end of the Second Age. That's enough to make him a legend, but the story of how Elendil got to that point is what makes him one of the most compelling characters in the Second Age.
Elendil lived in the legendary kingdom of Numenor at a time when its last king was corrupted by Sauron. Even as the king led Numenor and its people astray, Elendil remained faithful, and when the kingdom fell, his life and those of his sons and followers were saved. He sailed to Middle-earth, founded the kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor, and set up a legacy for men on that continent that carried all the way through to Aragorn at the time of The Lord of the Rings. It would be great to see this noble, beloved king at the height of his power, or even resisting Sauron's initial allure.
Celebrimbor is one of the most important figures in the history of the Rings of Power themselves, and while he didn't appear in Jackson's films, his spirit is a major part of the Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War games because of his closeness to the Rings.
An Elven smith in the Second Age, Celebrimbor was a skilled craftsman who was there when Sauron came upon the Elves in his Annatar guise and began teaching them how to make rings. Though he didn't exactly trust Annatar, he did participate in the crafting of rings, and personally made the three Elven Rings of Power. Keep watching the video to see the characters we want in the Lord of the Rings Amazon prequel!
Elendil | 1:05
Celebrimbor | 1:59
Sauron as Annatar | 2:56
Círdan | 3:59
The Blue Wizards | 4:54
The Witch-king of Angmar | 5:49
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