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Hypothetical TV: The Red Book of Westmarch

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As we get more information about Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series, I began imagining what it might look like. From what we know, the series won’t actually be about the War of the Ring, which is a good thing (you can’t really surpass the movies), but, rather, it will take place before the War, during the Third Age of Middle-Earth. There are some reports that it will be about young Aragorn, but I really hope that it’s an anthology series that looks at tales from all the Ages of Middle-Earth, with the first season concentrating on the Third Age.


And since it isn’t about the War of the Ring, it should definitely be called something else:


Tales of the history of Middle-Earth, as recorded by Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, set in the Third Age before the Downfall of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King.


Chapter One: “The Disaster at Gladden Fields”

  • The last battle of King Isildur and how the One Ring was lost.

Chapter Two: “The Rise of the Witch-King of Angmar”

  • The kingdom of Arnor breaks into three and a great evil rises in Angmar.

Chapter Three: “The Destruction of Amon Sûl”

  • The Wars with Angmar continue and Arnor faces a great defeat.

Chapter Four: “The Great Plague and the Barrow-Wights”

  • The Witch-King takes advantage of a plague to send vile spirits.

Chapter Five: “The End of Arnor”

  • Even as it calls to Gondor for help, the kingdom of Arnor falls to the Witch-King’s army. The last of the Dúnedain of Arnor become the Rangers of the North.

Chapter Six: “The Battle of Fornost”

  • Eärnur, the Crown-Prince of Gondor, brings his army against the Witch-King of Angmar and finally defeats him, but cannot kill him.

Chapter Seven: “The Fall of Khazad-dûm”

  • The longest surviving city in Middle-Earth was Khazad-dûm, jewel of the dwarves, source of all mithril. But the dwarves of Khazad-dûm have dug too deep and awakened a great evil: a Balrog of Morgoth.

Chapter Eight: “Moria”

  • Khazad-dûm is no more. All that is left is the Black Pit. The surviving dwarves leave their home and spread out, some to Erebor, some to the Grey Mountains.

Chapter Nine: “The War of the Dwarves and Dragons”

  • Stories from the war that was fought between the dwarves of the Grey Mountains and the great fire-drakes of the Northern Waste.

Chapter Ten: “The Battle of Greenfields”

  • We have taken a look at the wars of men and dwarves, but what about hobbits? Here, then, is the tale of Bandobras “Bullroarer” Took, who raised a force of hobbits and defeated an army of orcs.

I know this all sounds quite expensive, but Amazon already spent over 200 million on the show, so I don’t see why it won’t spend a bunch more.

I figure later seasons can tell of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men and then go back even before then, perhaps the fall of Númenor and then going back even farther, stories from the Silmarillion.


I mean, I know this is probably a long shot and the show will be about Young Aragorn growing up in Rivendell and fighting orcs and whatever, but still. Doesn’t it sound awesome?

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