Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn

Rumor of the day: Will Lord of the Rings TV series focus on young Aragorn?

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May 16, 2018

We haven't heard much about what Amazon's new Lord of the Rings-based TV series will focus on, but one of the franchise's more reliable fan sites may have just provided a hint.

TheOneRing.net claims that it's heard from "multiple sources" that the show -- which Amazon won the rights to produce for a reported $250 million fee -- will center at least initially around the adventures of Aragorn as a younger man.

In Tolkien's works, and the Peter Jackson-directed film version of The Lord of the Rings, Aragorn (played by Viggo Mortensen) was the last in the line of the kings of Gondor. But rather than embrace his destiny at first, Aragorn -- a descendant of the people of Arnor -- lived in self-imposed exile as a Ranger of the North (aka the Dunedain), where he was known as Strider and roamed the upper reaches of Middle-earth protecting it from threats.

In the final part of the book and film trilogy, The Return of the King (the title itself is a spoiler!), Aragorn at last returned to Gondor and led the armies of Men to defeat Sauron and usher in a new era of peace.

Tolkien laid out a great deal of Aragorn's backstory in his appendices to The Lord of the Rings, and there is undoubtedly a lot that could be explored across many years and settings with plenty of new characters: the death of his father when he was just two; his adoption by the Elvish leader Elrond (who kept the boy's identity a secret for years); his fighting in the armies of Rohan and Gondor; and his journeys into Rhun and Harad, the mysterious lands in the eastern and southern regions respectively of Middle-earth.

Keep in mind that none of this is confirmed, and while TheOneRing.net is perhaps the best LOTR fan site out there, it is not an official source for news regarding the Amazon series (the site also recently reported that Peter Jackson was mulling a return to Middle-earth either as a director or producer on the show).

In the meantime, if this does turn out to be true, we can take comfort from the idea that Amazon is not looking to simply remake The Lord of the Rings, but will spend at least five seasons and possibly $1 billion on showing us a vast swath of Middle-earth history that has never been on the screen before. Is that worth a Prime subscription to you?