Amazon threatens centuries of geek tradition by hiring Star Trek writers to develop its Lord Of The Rings show

Threatening to recklessly cross the streams of the various branches of geekdom—itself a dangerous reference to yet another beloved nerd property—Amazon announced today that it was hiring JD Payne and Patrick McKay to head up development on its long-anticipated Lord Of The Rings TV show. Payne and McKay are relative…

Here's how to tell a good fantasy language from whatever it is that Jabba does

By the h’bhor of Vaksis, fantasy languages can be a great way to bring a sense of believable mystery to fictional worlds. Whether Game of Thrones’ guttural Dothraki, The Lord of the Rings’ lilting Elvish, or the garbled throat-clearing of Star Wars’ Wookie-talk, hearing characters speak in made-up tongues helps…

Amazon's Lord Of The Rings will supposedly focus on that young heartthrob, Aragorn

There’s been a lot of speculation on what sort of stories Amazon’s extremely expensive new Lord Of The Rings show will offer up for content-hungry Tolkien fans: A recreation of the events of the Peter Jackson films? (Feels redundant.) A wacky roommate sitcom, set in the heaven-esque Grey Havens? (Can’t imagine they’d…

New Tolkien book that was "the template for everything" he wrote will be out this year

In addition to Amazon’s exorbitantly-priced series, there’s another Lord Of The Rings prequel on its way. The Guardian reports that J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall Of Gondolin will be published by HarperCollins in August. The fantasy novel is set long before Sauron rose to power or a pair of plucky hobbits ever made their…

Amazon's Lord Of The Rings prequel might be the most expensive TV show ever made

Last fall, we reported that Amazon had acquired the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s renowned fantasy saga, The Lord Of The Rings, a move that’s seen by many as a bid to establish its own Game Of Thrones-style ratings juggernaut. We also noted the hefty price tag, which Amazon recently confirmed was $250 million. Now, after…

Ian McKellen seems downright insulted by the idea of someone else playing Gandalf

Ian McKellen isn’t the only person to ever play Gandalf (and we defy anyone but the most dedicated Ralph Bakshi fan to name his voice actor in that animated movie), but he certainly made the role his own—and not just because he played that particular wizard in six movies and five video games. Now, though, with Amazon…

What do you want from Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings TV show?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Amazon is getting its Lord Of The Rings TV show, and several seasons of it, too

Someday soon, Middle-earth will come complimentary with free, two-day shipping. Following speculation that Amazon was eyeing a Lord Of The Rings TV series to play the role of its Jeff Bezos-mandated Game Of Thrones killer, the internet retailer’s studio arm has now ordered multiple seasons of a series set in the world…

Proven: Book trilogies get better as they go, movie trilogies get worse

Finally, it seems the scientific community has stopped wasting everybody’s time and used their collective brain power to answer important questions, like whether it’s worth it to watch the sequel to a movie you like or read the next installment of a book series you’re only half invested in. These questions have…

Impressively comprehensive theory maintains that The Lord Of The Rings is about a drug war

Recently, writer and podcaster Matt Wallace took to Twitter to share a pretty devastating theory that may prove all those dorm room posters were right about J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece. In a series of 40+ tweets, Wallace’s mini-essay proposes that both The Hobbit and the Lord Of The Rings trilogy are simply cover…

How Game Of Thrones filmed a battle that’s never been done before

On last week’s Game Of Thrones, viewers witnessed an encounter between three drastically different forces that, until that point, had never graced the screen at the the same time. The episode’s final set piece saw the disciplined and resolute Lannister army come face-to-face with both the untethered chaos of a…

Asshole “geographer” says Middle Earth makes no “geographic” sense

Imagine being at a party and talking about Lord Of The Rings (it happens!) and hearing a voice pipe up from outside your circle. “The man might have made up some beautiful languages and written stories that generations of writers have responded to in ways ranging from homage to bad photocopy,” the voice says, breaking…