'Lord of the Rings' TV Series to Reportedly Focus on Young Aragorn

Angelo Anderson
May 17, 2018

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. As the rightful King of Gondor and all men, the character has deeply-rooted history in Middle-Earth which would make for a fascinating prequel series.

The site broke down the details of the news in a Twitter thread. Notably, the site says that only the first season will focus specifically on young Aragorn, opening the door for a wider narrative to potentially follow.

Whatever the case, it's exciting to think about seeing a young version of the legendary ranger played by Viggo Mortensen in Peter Jackson's trilogy.

With that in mind, the door is open for a number of interactions with other long-lived members of the OG LOTR crew - like (slightly) young (er) Gandalf, a lil' bit younger (but still old as all hell) Elrond, a younger Arwen for the classic Romeo and Juliet plot - you see the vaguely familiar places this can go. We'll continue to update this story as it develops, but in the meantime we'll just be rewatching the extended edition of The Two Towers on repeat. As TheOneRing points out, Amazon has already confirmed the show will not be a retelling of the War of the Ring, and that's exciting because there is SO MUCH more could be explored with a young Aragorn. A teen Aragorn adopting the Myspace-worthy name of Strider (or Estel or Thorongil...), spreading some fantasy avocado on lembas bread, and rollicking around Rivendell while Elrond tries desperately to keep his teen ward's true lineage a secret.

When we meet Aragorn in The Fellowship of the Ring, he's a mysterious figure known as Strider, an heir to the throne of Gondor who is battling the fear of failure for the generations before him.

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