It is a good time to be a fantasy nerd. Between “Recreation of Thrones” making a resurgence by prequels/spin-offs to the flagship HBO sequence — most lately taking the type of a Jon Snow series — and now “The Lord of the Rings” branching off right into a spin-off sequence of its personal, viewers can get their fantasy fill from whichever main streaming service they occur to be subscribed to. The one potential draw back of this embarrassment of riches, nevertheless, stems from the truth that it will probably get fairly tough to maintain up with all this additional materials!
“Home of the Dragon,” for example, relies on a a lot lesser-known novel by unique creator George R.R. Martin, whereas the Amazon “Lord of the Rings” sequence “The Rings of Energy” is not even based mostly on an precise ebook. The inventive staff is borrowing loosely from the appendices of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Return of the King,” which performs out like summarized historic bullet factors of previous occasions in Center-earth set throughout the Second Age.
Fortunately, fellow lore obsessives now have a brand new ebook to assist them put together for “The Rings of Energy.” For the primary time, readers may have the chance to buy Tolkien’s retelling of the Second Age of Center-earth in a single single quantity, in keeping with The Bookseller. Titled “The Fall of Númenor,” the novel has been edited by author and Tolkien professional Brian Sibley and comes full with illustrations from longtime “The Lord of the Rings” artist Alan Lee.
What’s The Fall of Númenor?
The place “The Lord of the Rings” centered on the villain Sauron’s reemergence as an existential risk to Center-earth, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy” will largely concern itself with the very beginnings of the Darkish Lord’s rise. That entails the forging of his many Rings, his deception of humanity, and the following fall of essentially the most highly effective kingdom on this planet — Númenor, the island nation that the ancestors of Aragorn (performed by Viggo Mortensen in “The Lord of the Rings”) as soon as known as house.
“The Fall of Númenor” will cowl all of this intensive historical past and extra, as detailed within the synopsis of the upcoming assortment:
J.R.R. Tolkien famously described the Second Age of Center-earth as a “darkish age, and never very a lot of its historical past is (or want be) instructed.” And for a few years readers would should be content material with the tantalizing glimpses of it discovered throughout the pages of The Lord of the Rings and its appendices, together with the forging of the Rings of Energy, the constructing of the Barad-dûr and the rise of Sauron…
Now, adhering to the timeline of “The Story of Years” within the appendices to The Lord of the Rings, editor Brian Sibley has assembled into one complete quantity a brand new chronicle of the Second Age of Center-earth, instructed considerably within the phrases of J.R.R. Tolkien from the varied revealed texts, with new illustrations in watercolor and pencil by the doyen of Tolkien artwork, Alan Lee.
“The Fall of Númenor” will publish in November of 2022.