Lord of the Rings TV series to be a prequel

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Amazon has signed a deal with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line, to develop and stream a TV series based on the Lords of the Rings universe.

That was followed up by two epic features, The Two Towers and Return of the King, not to mention director Peter Jackson's subsequent three-film series adapting Tolkien's other masterpiece The Hobbit.

The possibilities for the series are endless as Tolkien devised thousands of years of history to precede the War of the Ring. It'll be set before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first instalment in the Rings trilogy.

Tolkien did write many stories of Middle Earth that take place in eras prior to the adventures of Frodo, Sam, and the fellowship.

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The new multi-season series is Amazon's attempt to find its own mega-show like "Game of Thrones, said Sharon Tal Yguado, the head of scripted series at Amazon Studios".

The Lord of the Rings series will be a co-production between Amazon Studios, New Line Cinema, HarperCollins, and the Tolkien Estate and Trust. The deal includes a potential additional spin-off series, Amazon said Monday.

A world-renowned literary work, and victor of the International Fantasy Award and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, The Lord of the Rings novels was named Amazon customers' favorite book of the millennium in 1999 and Britain's best-loved novel of all time in BBC's The Big Read in 2003. Peter Jackson's trilogy reportedly earned nearly $3bn worldwide, for instance.

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