Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' TV show 'supposed to have 20 episodes' in first season

Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' TV show 'supposed to have 20 episodes' in first season

It's been many years since the Hobbit trilogy of films wrapped up, and since then, it almost feels as though Middle-Earth has been all but forgotten in popular culture. However, the good news is that Amazon Prime is planning on launching a TV series based on the works of J.R.R Tolkien, which will return to the fantasy world of myth and legend.

In a recent video documentary entitled 'Meet our Fellowship', LOTR fans were given the chance to meet the production company's main team, with one of the researchers revealing how many episodes we can expect for season one. 

Take a look at this rare deleted scene from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 

Commenting on the upcoming series, Tolkien expert Tom Shippey stated: "Logically, you try to bundle all the scenes that take place in one location and film them so that you have it done and don’t have to return to that place several times."

He continued: "But this also implies that everything has to be clear at the start of filming, you have to know the end. There’s supposed to be 20 episodes for the first season. So, until they’ve decided what the end is going to be, they can’t start filming."

Shippey also added that the Tolkien estate is participating in preproduction, ensuring that the television adaptation is as faithful to the books as possible. Shippey stated: "The Tolkien Estate keeps a very careful eye on everything and is quite capable of saying 'no.' They retain a veto over everything that concerns Tolkien."

Check out the Meet the Fellowship video below: 

It's not yet known what the exact plot of the show will be, but many have speculated that it will draw from the Silmarillion: Tolkien's history of the elvish race in the first and second age and the War of the Simarils fought against Morgoth.