If you were worried that Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings TV show will stray from Tolkien’s books, rest your head my little hobbits. Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings show will stick closely to the canon and history created by Tolkien, according to a consultant on the project.
“The Tolkien estate will insist that the main shape of the Second Age is not altered,” Tolkien scholar and series supervisor Tom Shippey told the German Tolkien Society. During this period, Sauron tries to reform Middle-earth for the better but falls into evil, becoming a powerful and oppressive ruler. “Sauron invades Eriador, is forced back by a Númenorean expedition, returns to Númenor. There he corrupts the Númenoreans and seduces them to break the ban of the Valar. All this, the course of history, must remain the same.”
Even though the broad strokes of the history of the Second Age are established, there are still plenty of unanswered questions about the events of the period, like what Sauron did after the fall of Morgoth. So Amazon has some room to play around with things as long as it doesn’t contradict Tolkien’s writings.
You will also be happy to know that the Tolkien estate has the power of veto over any content in the show and is willing to ax anything that doesn’t fit with Tolkien’s vision. The First Age and the Third Age of Middle-earth are both “off-limits” to the TV show, so we won’t see many familiar faces here.