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By Kelvin Owens

Amazon has offered precious little information about its forthcoming Lord of the Rings series, but some Twitter and Instagram teases that started last month are finally bearing fruit. Previous posts showed the map of Middle-earth slowly being filled in with more info, and today's reveal gives a good idea of where the show will focus. The island of Númenor was added to the map, something you won't usually find on most Middle-earth maps. That's because the island was destroyed at the end of the Second Age, thousands of years before the events of The Lord of the Rings.

Welcome to the Second Age: https://t.co/Tamd0oRgTw
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) March 7, 2019

As shown above, Amazon also helpfully  tweeted "Welcome to the Second Age," a confirmation that the story will focus on events that took place long before the stories in Tolkien's most well-known novels. That said, there are plenty of events from the Second Age that have a huge impact on The Lord of the Rings. 

For those fans unfamiliar with the vast complexities of Middle-earth history, there are basically four main “Ages” in the timeline: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are set in the Third Age (with the former heralding the Fourth Age with the defeat of Sauron), for example, after the battle of the Last Alliance in Mordor and Sauron’s momentary defeat marked the conclusion of the Second Age. So we’re essentially seeing a build-up to that process from the Lord of the Rings movie saga’s opening—which gave us the Last Alliance’s climactic assault and the death of Elendil, the King of Gondor, with the One Ring passing to his son, Isildur—in this new show.

While that might be a disappointment for people wanting to see a teenage Aragorn or more of Gandalf's adventures, Aragorn is a descendent of Númenor, the island Amazon revealed today. So we may learn all about his great-great-great-great-great grand-parents and how they shaped the Middle-earth we're more familiar with. Sadly though, we're still lacking in concrete info like when Amazon's show will debut, when it starts filming or who even is in it. At the very least, the action over the last month suggests we'll get some details sooner than later.