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Amazon Officially Announces New TV Series Based on The Lord of the Rings

UPDATE: Amazon has officially titled their new LOTR series as The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Read more about that here in our follow-up report.

ORIGINAL STORY: Amazon has officially announced a new TV series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic and legendary The Lord of the Rings franchise.

The new series is reportedly set before the events taking place in The Fellowship of the Ring, however considering the new deal is for a “multi-season commitment,” this is probably not related to The Hobbit and will be something they can make their own ongoing series.

The team at Amazon Studios apparently has “ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.” Furthermore, the deal includes a “potential additional spin-off series.”

While that’s all we have for now on what the series will be about, we do know production is being handled by Amazon Studios in collaboration with the Tolkien Estate, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema (and by proxy Warner Bros. Entertainment).

“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”

“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. “Sharon 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.”

The new series will be exclusive to Amazon Prime under their “Amazon Prime Original” brand, and will be available to Amazon Prime members to stream and watch.

While many are likening this to Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’ attempt at “securing their own Game of Thrones,” it remains to be seen how much blood, sex, and incest this new TV series will have. What are you expecting from the new series? Or are you preparing to kill yourself? Sound off in the comments below!

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49 comments
  1. Kitsune
    Kitsune
    November 14, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Only clicked to ask what this has to do with what this site is named after, but at least the article answered that already.

  2. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    November 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Can’t wait to see how pozzed it gets

  3. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    November 14, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    We try to avoid reporting on movies or TV that aren’t directly related to games, but sometimes I throw something out there because of how big of a deal it is. Plan is to eventually have a mainstream culture/gaming site to run alongside NG that will cover this stuff.

  4. BFG
    BFG
    November 14, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Dont be orcphobe

    Our prayers go to Gondor

  5. NukeA6
    NukeA6
    November 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I don’t even want to know. What happened in the Hobbit is bad enough.

  6. Exien
    Exien
    November 14, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I really like the movies and games, but please make it so people can get easy into the series and don’t need all the background info from the internet. I still can’t 100% understand the movies even after watching them multiple times.

  7. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    November 14, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I’m not gonna give a shit about Amazon Prime until they bring over Kamen Rider Amazons like they said they would.

  8. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    November 14, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    It’ll go the route of SJW Wars in [CURRENT YEAR]

  9. Noah Howard
    Noah Howard
    November 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I was going to complain about how they don’t know what they’re getting into but according to the last paragraph, yeah. They’re aiming for the “R” crowd! Nothing to add!

  10. MasonF2
    MasonF2
    November 14, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Have they still not?
    The first season of that was really good.

  11. John Smith
    John Smith
    November 14, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Orcs dindu nuffin

  12. Dr. Roswell. W
    Dr. Roswell. W
    November 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    So what, would it be called? The Maingamer? The Pulse Gamer? NIG? Since you know, IGN is exploding at the moment.

  13. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    November 14, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Great, another thing to shit on the lore.

  14. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    TheOnceAndFutureKing
    November 14, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Shadow Of War already had “we wuz knightz n shieet”, so it is a possibility.

  15. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    November 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Said they were planning on it back before S2 was announced but far as I know nothing ever came of it.

    It’s not a huge deal since I’ve already watched both seasons but I’m always hoping for ways to watch toku without relying on torrents since I know people that get all uppity about that shit.

  16. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    November 14, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Read the books.

  17. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    November 14, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Prediction:It will be shit.
    I’m done hoping for a good adaptation of Tolkien’s work.

  18. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    November 14, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    It’s not Netflix so it’s unlikely to see blacktino Puerto Rican hobbits twerking at The Shire.

  19. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    November 14, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    If they made it after Silmarillion then that could work.Never for LotR.

  20. MasonF2
    MasonF2
    November 14, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Piracy feels a bit different when it’s something you would never expect a domestic release for somehow.
    I watched the first season, but the first episode of the second just completely turned me off and the person I was watching the series with.

  21. Sean Sharpe
    Sean Sharpe
    November 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    My first through was one of dread…

    But then I saw a something that left me cautiously optimistic. If they are working directly with the Tolkien estate, it might not be total shit.

  22. Sean Sharpe
    Sean Sharpe
    November 14, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    To be fair, there’s a lot of things in Tolkien’s work that the modern culture warriors would take offense to.

    Elves? In their culture, there really was no difference between male and female, and the most powerful of all elves in Middle Earth during the events of Lord of the Rings was a woman.

    The Men that served Mordor? They were never fully morally coupable for their actions because they lived in lands that fell to Sauron’s forces and basically where raised to believe that evil is good.

    Hell, he even voiced disappoint in one of his letters that he portrayed orcs as a thoroughly evil race, even though there was no real way to show them in any other light in his stories.

    I mean, just like SJW crowd bitches that there’s only white heroes, there’s enough shit in Tolkien’s work that would piss off the alt-right side too.

  23. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    November 14, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I have a feeling this will make the Hobbit and Shadow of War look faithful to the source material.

  24. Grampy_Bone
    Grampy_Bone
    November 14, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Gay black elf buttsex

  25. GameZard
    GameZard
    November 14, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Why not set it after Return of the King? I am sure LOTR universe has more villains than the Witch King.

  26. RichardGristle
    RichardGristle
    November 14, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    I don’t think many of us give a shit about the label of it. Almost everyone here is into things other than niche titles, but we’re here because we don’t want the fake and gay trash that the “major” sites are putting out.

    Basically, as long as it’s objective reporting and the topic relates at least a little to “nerd culture ex dee” then just put it here.

  27. RichardGristle
    RichardGristle
    November 14, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I’m ignorant of Tolkien lore beyond the LotR and Hobbit books and movies and The Silmarillion, but wouldn’t pre-LotR but post-Hobbit just be The Shire: A Slice of Life?

  28. mega jew
    mega jew
    November 14, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Featuring black transgendered Gandalf in a wheelchair

  29. Eli Wintercross
    Eli Wintercross
    November 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    They could easily do a young aragorn thing, there was lots of stuff that happened in his youth iirc.

  30. Cy
    Cy
    November 14, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Please make it nothing like Game of Thrones.

  31. OldPalpy
    OldPalpy
    November 14, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Because it would end up like the new Stars Wars trilogy so it would be a lazy rehash about a new ring.

  32. iswear12
    iswear12
    November 14, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    STOP TOUCHING MY TOLKIEN REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  33. iswear12
    iswear12
    November 14, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Its Amazon.

  34. Heresiarch
    Heresiarch
    November 14, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Yeah this i going to rustle me pretty hard…

  35. Heresiarch
    Heresiarch
    November 14, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Bullshit, Tolkien would be considered “Alt-Right” if he was alive today. Like almost every man of his generation.

    While male and female elves were supposed to be more or less physically equal they had strict gender roles. Violence was considered to be beneath women and was thought to interfere with their natural talents to heal and nurture.

    You know, kind of like with real world humans traditionally…

  36. Sean Sharpe
    Sean Sharpe
    November 15, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Alt-right?

    No way in hell. He would certainly be highly conservative by today’s standards and loved Britain but he wasn’t nationalistic in the sense the alt-right commonly is. Most of the racialist garbage the spew would have disgusted him, like the Nazis disgusted him, and apartheid disgusted him.

    (Not to mention, he most definitely wouldn’t be a fan of the anti-religious, particularly anti-Catholic shit I’ve heard from a lot of the alt-right.)

    And yes; the idea of a female elven *warrior* would be alien to Tolkien’s work… But in some versions Galadriel fought in wars. Nor was he opposed to the idea of female warriors in fiction in the first place.

  37. BFG
    BFG
    November 15, 2017 at 4:38 am

    He would certainly be highly conservative by today’s standards and
    loved Britain but he wasn’t nationalistic in the sense the alt-right
    commonly is. Most of the racialist garbage the spew would have disgusted him, like the Nazis disgusted him, and apartheid disgusted him.

    What the hell I am reading

  38. Heresiarch
    Heresiarch
    November 15, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Yes, I’m sure Tolkien would be delighted with Britain being overrun by non-whites and Britons being a minority in their capital city, while trannies teach school children about the virtues of butt sex.
    Meanwhile in the real world his writings are a love letter to the people of Europe and what you call “racialist garbage” was considered common sense in his time. The “Nazi” bogeyman has nothing to do with it and really is quite tiresome.

    “Alt-Right” is not in any way anti-religious or anti-catholic, in fact it has very little to do with religion. It is however 100% anti-materialism and highly critical of post-enlightenment values. There are plenty of “Alt-Right” catholics and much like Tolkien they reject Vatican II. Tolkien would adore a kid like Nick Fuentes.

    Tolkien’s view of women is 100% traditional, there is really no value in discussing marxist strawmen.

  39. RPG
    RPG
    November 15, 2017 at 6:57 am

    There was a time when I could have been interested in this, but after whatever the hell the Hobbit Trilogy was, and the trend toward just seemingly adding shit that contradicts the lore of Tolkien’s works in other instances, I do not think I am that interested.
    If it they can somehow go off of the writings and lore set by Tolkien and stick to it (if it is before the Rings Trilogy, basing it off material from the Silmarillion could be interesting), I would be more invested, and willing to give it a chance.

  40. lucben999
    lucben999
    November 15, 2017 at 10:40 am

    We wuz rangerz n shieeeet.

  41. lucben999
    lucben999
    November 15, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Dude, they call Jordan Peterson alt-right and a nazi.

    The label doesn’t have to fit, it only needs to brand the heretics.

  42. Jack Thompson
    Jack Thompson
    November 15, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I vote NIG.

  43. Jack Thompson
    Jack Thompson
    November 15, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Why does anyone expect live action adaptions to adhere to lore? It’s been movie industry standard to alter things heavily since always.

  44. Sean Sharpe
    Sean Sharpe
    November 15, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Tolkien likely would care about non-whites coming to England or Europe. Again, in private letters and public speeches, he denounced many views that were popular at the time and his love for Europe was based on it’s /culture/.

    So basically, he’d be upset that people would be moving to Brittan and not acting British. And he’d be just as upset when his fellow British people did the same thing.

    He’d also be upset about LGBT things… But again, Catholic.

    But hey, believe Tolkien’s on your side. Fully on neo-nazis have done if for YEARS before the alt-right was even thing. They were wrong.

    (And no, I’m not saying Tolkien WAS progressive; I’m saying with as deep seeded as the culture wars is on the fucking internet, there’s certainly shit people could THINK is “SJW shit”

  45. BFG
    BFG
    November 15, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    “hahaha im going to talk about tolkien’s opinions as if I know him”

  46. Heresiarch
    Heresiarch
    November 15, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I get it everyone you don’t like is a nazi. Really though Tolkien lived in a time before race denialism was mainstream. So unless you can somehow produce evidence that he was a cultural marxist or an admirer of Franz Boas , I’m going to assume that he understood that culture is in no small part the result of collective genetics, that Britain is the way it is because it was built by the British.

    I’m sure you haven’t missed the fact that LotR is 100% about white people and is pretty much entirely based on european myths and literature. If he was a fan of our glorious mulatto future, it certainly does not show in his work.

    Personally i fell in love with his work precisely because it is decidedly anti-modern and watching people devoid of any talent to create their own worlds
    pozzing up middle earth has me reaching for the pitchfork.

  47. SiliconNooB
    SiliconNooB
    November 18, 2017 at 8:57 am

    This bodes ill…

  48. Sean Sharpe
    Sean Sharpe
    November 18, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    And I’m back to dread.