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Middle-Earth is coming to your TV screen. A newly announced series we'll tackle J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord Of The Rings" in ways the Peter Jackson films did not. Glen Weldon reports.
GLEN WELDON, BYLINE: The series will run on the Amazon Prime streaming service for at least one season, probably more. The Tolkien Estate, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, which distributed the Peter Jackson films, are all involved in the deal. We don't yet know any production details - who's starring, who's directing, even where it'll be filmed.
We do know, according to the press materials, that it will, quote, bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien's original writings and that it will be set before "The Fellowship Of The Ring," which is the first volume in the "Lord Of The Rings" saga. In other words, it's a prequel. Frodo, reaction?
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ELIJAH WOOD: (As Frodo Baggins) No.
WELDON: There's plenty of material for the show to draw from. Tolkien wrote many tales set in the world of Middle-Earth that didn't make it into "The Lord Of The Rings," stories of great, literally Earth-shattering battles and forbidden romance between elves and humans set in the earliest ages of that world. So if you're a Tolkien fan who's still smarting that Tom Bombadil got cut out of the films, you might get your chance to see him. But it'll probably take a couple years. Glen Weldon, NPR News.
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