Amazon has just confirmed that their upcoming Lord of the Rings series will be set in the Second Age. Ever since last month, the series has been teased with a map that was updated on numbered days that pertained to how long fans were going to wait for the next clue. And today, those teases revealed the setting while also unveiling the island of Númenor in the lower left-hand corner of the map, which is a pretty big deal for J.R.R Tolkien fans. The latest tweet from the official account for the show says, "Welcome to the Second Age." This means that the show will not be focusing on a young Aragon, which was previously rumored, since he wasn't even born until the Third Age.
Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy begins with an epilogue explaining the fall of Sauron during the end of the Second Age. We could see the new series take place during Sauron's rise to power, which could show the creation of the rings and later their distribution of power. This would also set the stage for how exactly Númenor was destroyed. There is a lot of ground to cover, but Amazon expects to put out multiple seasons for a series that will be absolutely massive in scope.
Númenor was destroyed thousands of years ago and serves as Middle Earth's lost city. It isn't entirely clear if Amazon's Lord of the Rings series will take place on the island, but it would make a lot of sense, since there is so much story to be told. Númenor was magically raised from the sea and given to the race of Men. During the Second Age, Men would sail to Middle Earth and later started to grow to power, only to have Sauron start to gain power over the area too.
Sauron poisoned the king of Númenor's, Ar-Pharazon, mind after he became obsessed with eternal life. It's at this time that the Númenóreans started to worship Sauron's god, Morgoth, who is known as the First Dark Lord. Sauron turned the Númenórean population against the Undying Lands, which led to their ultimate downfall when God Eru Ilúvatar turned the flat Earth round, and sunk Númenor under the sea. This is just a brief description as to what unfolds during this massive storyline. The Second Age alone lasts over 3,000 years.
Amazon is still keeping nearly everything about their upcoming Lord of the Rings series under wraps for the time being. We still do not even have a cast at this time. However, Amazon is definitely having a good time with J.R.R. Tolkien fans with their awesome promos that they have been releasing over the past several weeks. Since the show's release date is still a mystery, we'll hopefully be getting some more clues teased on social media in the weeks to come. We'll just have to wait and see. For now, you can check out the latest clue below, thanks to the Lord of the Rings on Prime Twitter account.