Since it was announced last year that The Lord of The Rings was being turned into a television series, not much has been revealed plot-wise.
But fans think a tweet from Amazon Prime's official Twitter account for the series has hinted that that it could be a prequel to the original trilogy, during Middle-earth's Second Age and the forging of the rings.
Apart from a couple of posts, there hasn't been much activity on the account, but the latest post said: "Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone," which fans think could mean the series will be set before the movies.
The quote comes from an inscription on the Dark Lord Sauron's One Ring, which says:
"Three rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for mortal men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne;
In the Land of Mordor where the shadows lie."
The verse was accompanied by a marked map of Middle-earth and then a link to an interactive version of the map for people to explore.
Unsurprisingly, fans have been getting very excited about what this could mean.
One fan wrote: "So best bet would be that the show will take place in the mid to late second age, when the rings of power are first forged and Sauron rises to power. The show might just end where the movies start off."
While another said: "Calenardhon is used in place of the name Rohan. This is an interesting usage which implies either that the map was made by the people of Gondor (or the Dúnedain of the North,) or alternatively was made prior to the founding of Rohan (Rohan was just a province).
"Is it possible that we may be getting to see the legendary battle between the men of Gondor, men of Eorl (the first Rohirrim,) and the Balchoth of the East? The founding of Rohan? The Oath of Eorl?? Maybe."
A third added: "THIS IS WHAT WE DESERVE!!!!!"
Fans think the new series could be set before the original trilogy. Credit: New Line Cinema
Prior to this, the account had posted two other quotes, the first being from J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the LOTR books, which said: "It wisely started with a map."
The second was another verse from Sauron's inscription, which said: "Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky," and was also accompanied with a blank map of Middle-earth.
Amazon confirmed last year that it planned to make five seasons in conjunction with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, publishers Harper Collins, and New Line Cinema - the studio responsible for the original movie trilogy.
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