The Lord of the Rings: the TV series will be the canonical
The show of the Lord of The Rings Amazon will have to follow the coordinates in the script of the series, since there are no strict rules about which parts of the books can be changed. As you know, a tv show based on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien is currently in development for Amazon, and details on the production have been slowly revealed over the last few months. The television program the Lord of The Rings will take place during the Second Era, which ended when Isildur cut the ring from the finger of Sauron. The show has an incredible lineup of crew creative, including people who have worked on shows such as Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Stranger Things. It was also recently revealed that the first season will be composed of about 20 episodes.
Tom shippey's, which is a a world-renowned scholar of Tolkien and was called to collaborate to the original trilogy of the Lord of The Rings, has recently talked with the German site of fans of Tolkien's called the Deutsche Tolkien Gesellschaft, and he was asked which writers could use:
“Amazon is relatively free when it comes to add something, because, as I have already said, are known to very few details about this period of time. The obligation to respect Tolkien, it will insist on the fact that, as indicated in the Second Was can't be changed. Sauron invades aside from, but is forced to withdraw from the shipping númenoreana, will then return to Númenor. There corrupts Númenoreani and seduce them in order to break the ban of the Valar. All of this, the course of history, must remain the same. But you can add new characters and ask lots of questions, such as: what has been done by Sauron in the meantime? Where it was after the defeat of Morgoth? Theoretically, Amazon can answer these questions, inventing the answers, from the time that Tolkien has described. But it must not contradict anything Tolkien said. This is what Amazon should be careful. Must be canon, it is impossible to change the borders that Tolkien has created, it is necessary to stay “tolkienian”.
The restrictions on adaptations of the work of Tolkien are not a novelty and the movies by Peter Jackson have faced similar restrictions. The Second age of Middle-Earth, however, include a long period of time, and there were many interesting events that occurred during this period, such as the forging of the One Ring, the numerous wars between the dwarves, elves and men, and the Last Alliance against Sauron. The creators of the TV series of the Lord of The Rings have a lot of content which draw in the Second Era, and there is also plenty of open space to tell new stories. The restrictions laid down in the canon of Tolkien, will ensure that the creators can't change the story as written, to avoid them to tell their version of the Tolkien saga.
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