Yes, the Amazon TV Show is creating a story in the Second Age. Yes, it seems like this show will be about the War of the Elves and Sauron. Surprisingly, yes, we’ve grown to support this storyline idea, it beats the first reported news that the show was going to be based on a younger Aragorn. However, when we first heard Amazon was creating a TV Show based on The Lord of the Rings we started jotting down our favorite storylines that we would expand if we were running things. Even though Amazon has moved onto the Second Age we still feel like there are plenty of stories in the Third Age that need to be told.
First things first, we feel the best way to tell expanded stories about The Lord of the Rings, isn’t to drag the plot out over the course of multiple seasons, but to tell one great story every season. This “Anthology” series about The Lord of the Rings will keep show writers from being pigeon-holed to the same goal every season, it gives them the flexibility and inspiration to bring something new every year, and the more stories being told the more we get to see how everything is connected.
Our first and most exciting storyline for a TV Show based on The Lord of the Rings is:
Elrohir and Elladan Rescue their Mother
The only time we’ve seen Elrohir and Elladan on screen was during the War in the North video game. Which, if you’re looking for a decent hack-and-slash fantasy RPG for The Lord of the Rings it’s next best game compared to The Two Towers and The Return of the King. You might remember those games from the time when movies typically got a video game to go with it. They don’t do that these days. Now, back to the task at hand, our point is, the sons of Elrond deserve a chance on screen. They’re incredible fighters, loyal sons, and companions of Aragorn. You should check out our post on why they deserve more love than they get HERE.
Elrohir and Elladan undoubtedly went on many journeys, either together or along side the Rangers of the North, but there’s one journey they go on that’s not talked about as much.
In the year 2509 of the Third Age, Celebrían, wife of Elrond and mother to Elrohir, Elladan, and Arwen, left Rivendell to journey to Lórien. Celebrían was also the daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel and would journey back and forth between these two Elven kingdoms on a regular basis. During this journey, her escort was waylaid in the Redhorn Pass, and she was taken captive by Orcs. In her captivity she was tortured and received a poisoned wound.
We don’t know how long it took for the news of her capture to reach Rivendell, but when it did her sons, Elrohir and Elladan tracked down the Orcs and brought her back. We can imagine the emotional connection these brothers would undergo during this story. They know their mother was captured by an Orc group in the Misty Mountains, the same Misty Mountains from The Hobbit that holds caverns and caverns of Orc dwellings. They know there’s a chance that they may never find her. They know there’s a chance that they might not find her alive. They know that she’s being tortured. All these emotions and fears must be running through their heads. This story would allow us to see the Elven race give visceral emotions for the first time. Between Elrond, Celeborn, Arwen, Galadriel, and Legolas we never really saw these characters get emotional to the point of no control. Even when Galadriel had her moment in The Fellowship of the Ring it was incredibly graceful and powerful. This would be the chance for us to see the Elven race unhinged with anger, fear, hate, and suffering. We think that’s a story that’s worth telling.
Not much is expanded with this storyline, for instance, we don’t know how long they searched or how difficult it was. It could’ve taken weeks, or months even. One thing is for certain, this storyline needs to be expanded on.
Maybe when the inspiration strikes we’ll put pen to paper and create our own expansion, but, in the mean time, this is our number one choice for a The Lord of the Rings TV Show.
Let us know your thoughts, is this storyline worth expanding, do you want to see more of Elrohir and Elladan, or is this a complete no-go for you? Let us know! Although we would request refraining from mentioning your own ideas at this point, cause who knows, we’ll probably talk about it in our next post.
Thank you so much for your time, we hope have a great beginning, middle, or end of your day.
Remember, a light from the shadows shall spring.
– The Wandering One