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If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, you have most likely been intently watching and reading up on the new upcoming Lord of the Rings series on Amazon.
The upcoming series is particularly exciting for Lord of the Rings fans because it is rumored to be set in a time before “Fellowship of the Ring”, and would explore new characters that have not been featured in previous adaptations to date.
Since its announcement in 2017, there have been bits and pieces of fractured information that the more die-hard fans have been using to try and piece together to get an idea of where and when it will take place.
The Lord of the Rings fans Youtube channel Fellowship of Fans revealed a leak that one of the main characters in the new series will be none other than Isildur.
It’s rumored that Isildur will make his debut appearance as early as the third episode. If true, this answers a lot of questions and will confirm or deny a lot of fan theories about the show so far.
You will most likely remember Isildur from the prologue in Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring film as he cut the One Ring from Sauron’s finger.
He was also the man who was urged to destroy The One Ring in Mount Doom by Elrond, but famously refused and kept it for himself. See the movie scene below:
So, what exactly does the show featuring Isildur tell us about the show as a whole? Well, we can be almost certain that if Isildur is involved, it will be (at least partly) set in the late Second Age.
Isildur was born in SA3209 and died in TA2 (2 years into the 3rd age). For context, the events of The Hobbit don’t take place until 2941 of the Third Age.
While it’s true that we don’t yet know if the show is following one timeline or multiple ones, we can safely assume that Isildur is going to be one of the main characters.
Amazon’s Casting Call Evidence & Leaks by Cast
During Amazon’s casting call for the series, rather than naming characters, they used code names. One such code name was ‘Cole’. Here is the description for this character ‘Cole’:
“Cole, Series Regular, young Caucasian male (18-22). A young athletic male in his very early 20’s, to play around 18. He has the weight of the world on his shoulders, so must feel an old soul. Troubled, but mercurial and charismatic. A great role.”
This description is a very good fit for a young Isildur. A young Isildur of this age would still be living in Numenor, a civilization of men and an Island off the west coast of Middle-Earth, which has already been confirmed by Amazon to be included in the series.
To further reinforce this, Actress Nazanin Boniadi also posted a story on her timeline of a crew member wearing a hat that had elvish text on it that translates to ‘The Faithful’.
See the image below:
What Does Isildur’s Inclusion Mean for Other Possible Events in the Series?
If Isildur will be involved, we can have a good guess at the Middle-Earth timeline the series will be following, and therefore likely other characters who will be in the show.
Several well-known characters were alive and had pivotal roles during the life of Isildur.
These characters include Pharzon (the last King of Númenor), Miriel (Pharzon’s wife), Elendil (Isildur’s father), Anárion (brother), Gil-Galad (King of Lindon), and, Sauron.
With the what and who, we also can deduce the where. Given the time and the characters, we can safely guess that much of the series will take place in Númenor (the kingdom of men) and Lindon (the Elvish Kingdom of Gil-Galad).
Delving further, many great events occur during Isildur’s life such as the downfall of Númenor and the strife between the Faithful and Kingsmen Númenóreans.
The Faithful vs The Kingsmen represented a split between the Númenóreans after Sauron had corrupted the king of Númenor and convinced him to invade Valinor in the year 3310 of the Second Age and claim everlasting life in the Undying Lands. This was against the rules set by the Valar not to come near the shores of Valinor.
Disobeying these rules led to the destruction of Númenor by Eru Illuvitar, at the request of the Valar.
The Faithful were a group of Númenóreans who refused their kind call to invade Valinor and stayed faithful to the rules set by the Valar.
Under the leadership of Elendil and his sons Isildur and Anárion, The Faithful fled to Middle-Earth and would later found the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor.
It’s a great time to be a Lord of the Rings fan, and above all else, we can be certain that the series has selected a period in Tolkien’s Middle-earth that is particularly rich in story, character development, and action.
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