Things Fans Want To See In Amazon's Lord Of The Rings Prequel
Amazon's upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel is set to take place in Middle-Earth's Second Age, thousands of years before the movies take place. But just what does that mean for the series? Here are a few things that fans want to see in Amazon's Lord of the Rings prequel.
One of the most tantalizing facets of Middle-Earth's Second Age is the constant presence of the story's most iconic villain: Sauron. Sauron is actually a corrupted Maiar, a kind of angelic spirit that existed long before the beginning of time itself. Early on in the history of Middle-earth, Sauron, then known as Mairon, was lured to the dark side by the first Dark Lord, Morgoth. During Morgoth's reign on Middle-Earth, Sauron acted as his chief lieutenant. At the end of the First Age, however, Morgoth was defeated and banished from the world. After this, Sauron fled and hid for several centuries. It wasn't until around 500 years later that Sauron's spirit began to stir.
First, Sauron established his new stronghold on Middle-Earth. By that point, there were still many nations of men far away in the east and south that had been corrupted by Morgoth back in the day. Hoping to utilize this power, Sauron chose Mordor as his new stomping ground, and work soon began on the Dark Tower of Barad-dûr. Considering how important Mordor is to the Lord of the Rings trilogy's story, it's pretty much a dead certainty that the region will make an appearance in Amazon's new series.
One element of Sauron's story that's going to be fascinating to see is how he is portrayed earlier on in the Second Age. That's because Sauron wasn't always Sauron "the great and terrible." Sure, the Dark Lord is most well-known for being the terrifying spectre of death and destruction that appears throughout the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies, but that isn't what Sauron looks like for most of the Second Age, not by a long shot.
In fact, when Sauron first appears on the scene, he takes on the appearance of a beautiful elf named Annatar, the Lord of Gifts. And this isn't just a flash-in-the-pan disguise Sauron uses to trick the other elves, he actually keeps up his Annatar masquerade for 400 years. So it's quite clear that, when Sauron appears in the Amazon series, he's probably not going to look how you'd expect him to.
Watch the full video to see more of the things fans want to see in Amazon's Lord of the Rings prequel.
Sauron's rise to power | 0:15
Annatar | 1:15
The forging of the One Ring | 1:57
Nineteen rings | 2:57
Reign of the Dark Lord | 4:11
The Nazgûl | 5:32
Rivendell and the Grey Havens | 6:43
Galadriel and Celeborn | 7:46
Khazad-dûm | 8:38
The Doors of Durin | 9:38
The founding of Númenor | 10:34
The fall of Númenor | 12:05
The founding of Gondor and Arnor | 13:38
The Last Alliance | 14:44
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