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New Tolkien Book, The Fall Of Númenor, Collects The Second Age Stories That Influence Prime Video’s The Rings Of Power
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BY JEREMY MATHAI/JUNE 22, 2022 5:32 PM EDT
It’s a great time to be a fantasy nerd. Between “Game of Thrones” making a resurgence through prequels/spin-offs to the flagship HBO series — most recently taking the form of a Jon Snow series — and now “The Lord of the Rings” branching off into a spin-off series of its own, viewers can get their fantasy fill from whichever major streaming service they happen to be subscribed to. The one potential downside of this embarrassment of riches, however, stems from the fact that it can get pretty tricky to keep up with all this extra material!
“House of the Dragon,” for instance, is based on a much lesser-known novel by original author George R.R. Martin, while the Amazon “Lord of the Rings” series “The Rings of Power” isn’t even based on an actual book. The creative team is borrowing loosely from the appendices of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Return of the King,” which plays out like summarized historical bullet points of past events in Middle-earth set during the Second Age.
Luckily, fellow lore obsessives now have a new book to help them prepare for “The Rings of Power.” For the first time, readers will have the opportunity to purchase Tolkien’s retelling of the Second Age of Middle-earth in one single volume, according to The Bookseller. Titled “The Fall of Númenor,” the novel has been edited by writer and Tolkien expert Brian Sibley and comes complete with illustrations from longtime “The Lord of the Rings” artist Alan Lee.
What is The Fall of Númenor?
Where “The Lord of the Rings” focused on the villain Sauron’s reemergence as an existential threat to Middle-earth, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” will largely concern itself with the very beginnings of the Dark Lord’s rise. That entails the forging of his many Rings, his deception of humanity, and the subsequent fall of the most powerful kingdom in the world — Númenor, the island nation that the ancestors of Aragorn (played by Viggo Mortensen in “The Lord of the Rings”) once called home.
In Dutch a Rangar is a Ranger, a Sherriff of the Shire. I have compared them to the Judges of the Torah and the Nazarites. When I climbed the rock at McClure’s Beach, that the setting sun sat upon, I was reminded of the Tower of Modor. We were ring bearers, come to cast the great elven ring into the molten sun. I was twenty years of age.
There is a hole in this rock, that looks like a radiant eye. My two friends had to carry me over the bridge of this eye. I had fallen and you could see my bone in the palm of my hand.
That was February 1967. Two years later I declared myself a Pre-Raphaelite. William Morris, and the Rossetti family were my kindred. I had no children.
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