“The Lord of the Rings” series at Amazon officially has a premiere date. The highly-anticipated epic fantasy series will debut on the streamer on Sept. 2, 2022, with new episodes dropping weekly after that. Filming was completed on the first season of the show on Aug. 2 in New Zealand. Amazon has also released the first official image from the series, which can be seen above.
The image seems to be of Valinor in the First Age. The Two Trees can be seen. (How do we post an image here?)
This seems to indicate that the production is being allowed to use at least some elements of First Age (or pre- First Age) material from the legendarium. I wonder if this is part of a prologue; is it Galadriel recalling the splendor of Valinor before the poisoning of the Trees? I have so many questions…but the picture is highly evocative, and thirteen months seems a long way away!
If we limit the First Age to the start of the Years of the Sun then the period lasted for less than 600 years. However, if we can trust Tolkien’s assertion that the First Age was a long Age then it might include the Years of the Trees, or at least the Long Night.
Good point. I usually think of the First Age in terms of the Years of the Sun, but I prefer the idea that it includes (at least) the Valian years following the awakening of the elves. That seems to make more sense.
So that is how they envision a flat earth without sun and moon? One thing to read about it and another to see it in live-action. It doesn’t feel right in live-action because you know the earth is round. I wish he’d finished the round world version of the stories.