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Nov. 15th, 2017 @ 08:12 pm The “interbellum” of Middle-Earth
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You might have seen the announcement that Amazon is going to create a multi-season “TV” series based on the Lord of the Rings. (If indeed it can be called ‘TV’ because it will be on their Prime video-on-demand service.)

What I find interesting is that the series will be set after the events portrayed in The Hobbit, but before Frodo sets out in The Fellowship of the Ring. Because that is exactly the default setting for the The One Ring RPG, one of my favourite RPGs at the moment. They have brought out some excellent sourcebooks with background information, as well as some collections of scenarios.
Most notable, there is The Darkening of Mirkwood, which is a really epic campaign about the events in Mirkwood during that time. There’s lots of good stuff in there, and if Amazon is smart, they’ll do something like that.

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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Date:November 15th, 2017 11:59 pm (UTC)
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I'm really relieved to hear they're not just doing a straight reboot of Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit, because Lord of the Rings doesn't really need redoing and the Hobbit was too recent (even if it could do with redoing). There is a lot of rich lore to explore in other parts of the universe/timeline, and if they're actually working in conjunction with the estate trying to do right by it, it could be really good.

That being said, I'm a little "This fandom too??" because with new Star Wars sequels coming out and JK Rowling changing her mind about something in Harry Potter every few months and broadcasting all over Twitter, the Tolkienverse has been so comforting lately in so far as the creator is dead and there hasn't really been new canon to to contend with in years, lol. (It's hard to keep up with everything the older I get with less time on my hands, and I hate when fanfiction and stuff I was proud of becomes non-canon because of later additions!). Though I guess I haven't been following the games and RPGs and whatnot; maybe there has been all along and I just haven't been in the loop about it. Time to bust out some kind of "#bookcanononly tag or something . . .
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Date:November 16th, 2017 07:23 pm (UTC)
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The way I see it, if the original creator isn't involved, it's all basically fanfiction. That may have been created for pay and may be actually good -- but that doesn't make it any less fanfiction.
The parts that were invented for the Hobbit movies, for instance, are pure fanfiction -- I can't think of them as being canon.

I heard it say that Christopher Tolkien hates the idea of RPGs set in Middle-Earth -- just like there are a lot of creators who can't stomach the idea of other people making decisions about their world and the characters in it. JK Rowling is the same, which is why there isn't an official Harry Potter RPG -- though there are plenty of unofficial ones, and some commercial RPGs that could easily be 'reskinned'.
But happily for us, the RPG license for Middle-Earth has already been given and can't been rescinded!
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Date:November 17th, 2017 05:54 am (UTC)
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that sounds fucking rad. i totally had a Lord of the Rings marathon on Tuesday.

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