Posted on August 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

JRR Tolkien’s estate has put some tight limits on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings adaptation, according to a scholar working on the show.

The Guardian reports that Tolkien expert Tom Shippey let the details slip to a German fan site, though the author’s estate wouldn’t confirm or deny his claims.

Shippey, who is supervising the show’s development, said the estate will only allow the series to be set during the Second Age of Middle-earth; the Lord of the Rings book trilogy, however, is set in the Third Age.

The Guardian has more details about what viewers can expect, at least according to Shippey.

Viewers will have to wait quite some time to judge his accuracy, though, since the show isn’t even predicted to start production until 2020.

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