Get ready for more Lord of the Rings movies! But rest assured we will NOT see a reboot of the beloved Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
For those that haven’t heard the news yet, Warner Bros. Pictures is revamping the “Lord of the Rings” film franchise. A deal to make “multiple” films based on the beloved J. R. R. Tolkien books has been approved. Fans of the franchise and Tolkien may ask what can we expect to see? Will the movies center around the time AFTER Lord of the rings? We hope not.
Although the “story” ends with The return of the King, there’s a lot that happened after Aragorn became King. We expect the “Unfinished Tales” will play a major role as source material. The “Unfinished Tales” is a collection of stories and essays that were left incomplete at the time of Tolkien’s death. The book includes material on a wide range of topics, such as the history of the wizards, the backstory of the character of Galadriel, and the early history of the Dwarves. But do they contain enough material to warrant an entire movie? or Series of movies? Lets look at it in more detail:
What can we expect to see with more Lord of the Rings movies approved?
Chronologically after the events of “The Lord of the Rings,” the story of Middle-earth continues with several key events and developments that are explored in Tolkien’s later works, including:
- The rebuilding of the kingdom of Gondor and the restoration of the line of Isildur
- The reign of Aragorn as the new King of Gondor and Arnor
- The return of Gandalf to Valinor, the land of the Valar
- The fading of the Elves from Middle-earth and the departure of Galadriel, Elrond, and other Elven leaders to the Undying Lands
- The rise of the Dwarves of Erebor under the leadership of Dain II Ironfoot
- The continued growth and expansion of the Shire, and the eventual decline of hobbit culture in Middle-earth
- The ongoing conflict between the forces of good and evil in the world, including battles with orcs, trolls, and other creatures of darkness.
While some of these events are explored in greater detail in Tolkien’s later works, many of them are only hinted at or briefly mentioned, leaving much of Middle-earth’s post-“Lord of the Rings” history to the imagination of readers.
The above hardly generates much excitement, at least for me. But.. what if the movies are BEFORE the events of the Lord of the Rings? There’s a plethora of books and content available of events happening before the events of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. And Although the Amazon Series have pinned the period of the 2nd age just as the Rings we’re made and the rise of Sauron, the majority of the most epic stories and events happen before that! Enter The Silmarillion!
We’ve been yearning for a Silmarillion movie for ages, Here’s just a few epic stories that can probably each be a movie of their own!
- The forging of the Silmarils: The Silmarils are three precious jewels crafted by the elf Fëanor, which contain the essence of the light of the Two Trees of Valinor. They become the focus of much of the conflict and tragedy that unfolds in “The Silmarillion”. Oh how we would love to see Fëanor on the big screen!
- The War of Wrath: This is the final conflict between the Valar and Melkor, who is now known as Morgoth. The Valar and their armies, along with the remaining Elves, march against Morgoth’s fortress of Angband in the north of Middle-earth. The war results in the downfall of Morgoth and the reshaping of the world.
- We listed 15 famous characters in Middle-Earth and each one of them can probably get their own movie. But if we had to choose we would pick: The story of Hurin. “The Children of Hurin” is a novel based on a tragic story from the history of Middle-earth. It tells the story of Turin Turambar, a hero who becomes embroiled in a series of tragic events that ultimately lead to his downfall. this story has it all. It would make an epic movie, or even trilogy.
Then the story of Beren and Lúthien : They cannot be separated. She is an elf, daughter of King Thingol and Melian (a Maia). He is a mortal man. It is the complex tale of their love for each other and the quest they are forced to follow, triumphing against overwhelming odds but ending in tragedy.
Their story is told to Frodo by Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings. In the story of Lúthien and Beren, Luthien the immortal elf marries a mortal man and chooses mortality for herself.
What will we see with the new movies heading our way? We can only speculate but we desperately hope it is from the material in The Silmarillion: