We haven't heard much about the planned Lord of the Rings television series currently in the works over at Amazon TV Studios other than it might be the most expensive production ever made for the small screen. However, TheOneRing.net tweeted some enticing news today. Reportedly, the show will center its first season on young Aragorn, not Frodo Baggins like in the books and in Peter Jackson's movie trilogy.
If the report is true, expect the series to begin decades before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first book in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Aragorn is one of the Dúnedain, a people blessed with very long lives. In his youth, Aragorn was raised in Rivendell by the elves after his father's murder at the hands of orcs. He was given a different name to hide his royal heritage.
Aragorn is a descendant of the first king of Númenor, Elros Tar-Minyatur. His lineage is revealed late in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and he eventually becomes the first High King of the Reunited Kingdom after the defeat of Sauron and the destruction of the One Ring.
Game of Thrones fans probably see some Jon Snow similarities here, and they'd be right. George R.R. Martin used the works of LOTR author J.R.R. Tolkien as inspiration throughout his Song of Ice and Fire book series. Perhaps it's the success of Thrones that led Amazon to take its fantasy series in this direction. Either way, we're onboard and can't wait to see how the show plays out. One more interesting tidbit: New Line, which produced the Jackson trilogy, never held the TV rights to LOTR so their inclusion in the Amazon deal might open the door for actors like Viggo Mortensen to appear in the television series.