Amazon to explore pre-‘Rings’ Middle-earth in online TV series

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Middle-earth charactersConfirming what’s been rumored for the last week or so, Amazon today said it will produce and stream multiple seasons of a Lord of the Rings TV series after reaching a deal with the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien, publisher HarperCollins and Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema division.

The adaption will explore “new storylines” preceding The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of The Lord of the Rings, and could lead to potential spinoffs. This could include events both before and after The Hobbit.

“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings,” said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins, in a news release. “Sharon (Tal Yguado, head of scripted series) and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”

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