The naysayers said it couldn’t be done.
But then again, Peter Jackson has proven everyone wrong before. Remember The Hobbit? Three movies from nineteen chapters. I mean, Jackson really is the expert at making a Misty Mountain from a Hobbit Hole.
“I really just make it up as I go along,” Jackson has stated, “I can turn two paragraphs into two hours of screen time.”
His next project? The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien’s history of Middle-Earth. The Silmarillion was edited and published by his son Christopher Tolkien, who has famously stated that he hates Jackson’s very commercialized adaptations. Christopher has shockingly given his blessing to the project. Perhaps this is due to the change in format?
That’s right: Middle-Earth is now coming to the small screen! The network? What better network to release an epic high fantasy series than HBO? When can we expect to see the series? Not until after Game of Thrones season six.
“We don’t want fans to confuse Game of Thrones storylines with Silmarillion storylines,” Jackson explained.
Jackson’s current plan is to focus on the Quenta Silmarillion and release an hour-long episode per chapter. For reference, here’s a list of chapters, or rather, upcoming episodes:
- Of the Beginning of Days
- Of Aulë and Yavanna
- Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor
- Of Thingol and Melian
- Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië
- Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor
- Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor
- Of the Darkening of Valinor
- Of the Flight of the Noldor
- Of the Sindar
- Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor
- Of Men
- Of the Return of the Noldor
- Of Beleriand and its Realms
- Of the Noldor in Beleriand
- Of Maeglin
- Of the Coming of Men into the West
- Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin
- Of Beren and Lúthien
- Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad
- Of Túrin Turambar
- Of the Ruin of Doriath
- Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin
- Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath
As for me, I’m particularly excited to see episodes 19 (“Of Beren and Lúthien”) and 21 (“Of Túrin Turambar”).
Which episodes are you most excited to see? Share in the comments!
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