'Lord of the Rings' Amazon Show: Which Characters Are Likely to Return?

J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novels are set to be adapted for the small screen with a new series on Amazon, which will start to air on September 2, 2022.

The show is tentatively being called Lord of the Rings in reference to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the film adaptations which became one of the most beloved franchises of the 21st Century.

Amazon's show will take place during the Second Age of Middle-earth, a period which ended upon Sauron's defeat during the battle between his forces and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.

While it is set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, there are a number of characters who are likely to make a return in the forthcoming show.

Given the time period, it is unclear if the original actors who appeared in Peter Jackson's films are planning to reprise their roles.

However, here are the characters who are likely to make a comeback:

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Hugo Weaving as Elrond in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Warner Bros/New Line Cinema

Elrond

The half-elven ruler of Rivendell, who was originally portrayed by Hugo Weaving, lived in J.R.R. Tolkien's universe from the First Age to the Fourth Age of Middle-earth.

Elrond is a key figure during the Second Age as he not only established the Elven refuge of Rivendell during the period but also had an important role in the fight against Sauron.

In the Second Age, there was a war between the Elves and the Dark Lord of Mordor that took place prior to the final fight that lead to the latter's defeat.

During the battle, Elrond tried to defend the Elven realm of Eregion from Sauron's clutches but was overwhelmed by the villain's forces, and had to retreat north with other survivors from the realm.

It was two years after the defeat that Elrond established Rivendell as a refuge for his fellow Elves, which he then had to fortify against Sauron's forces.

Towards the end of the Second Age, Elrond took up arms as captain and herald of Gil-galad, the High King of the Ñoldor, and fought alongside Isildur and his men.

The battle was briefly shown in The Fellowship of the Ring, including how he tried and failed to convince Isildur to destroy the One Ring after he defeated Sauron.

Elrond's daughter Arwen, played by Liv Tyler, is sadly unlikely to make a return as she was not born until the Third Age of Middle-earth.

Galadriel

Galadriel is another Elven ruler likely to make a return in the Amazon show, as she was one of the most powerful Elves to live in Middle-earth.

The Lady of Lothlórien, who was portrayed by Cate Blanchett, was born during the Year of the Trees, before the First Age even began.

During the Second Age, Galadriel ruled a fiefdom under Gil-galad alongside her husband Celeborn, before they established the Elven realm of Eregion.

After leaving the realm, Galadriel and Celeborn went on to become the Lord and Lady of Lothlórien, where they remained until their departure to the Undying Lands after the War of the Ring.

Galadriel was entrusted with one of the Three Rings of the Elves, and it was she who urged her fellow Elves to hide them from Sauron.

After the ruler of Mordor's defeat, and the disappearance of the One Ring, Galadriel used her ring, Nenya the Ring of Water, to protect the Lothlórien realm.

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Cate Blanchett as Galadriel in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: New Line Cinema

Sauron

Of course, with so much of the Second Age focusing on the creation of the Rings of Power, including the One Ring, Sauron is likely to make an appearance eventually.

Whether he will be in the first season of the show is yet to be seen, as Sauron remained hidden for 500 years following the events of the First Age before revealing himself once more during the Second Age.

During the course of the period, Sauron built the Dark Tower of Barad-dûr in Mordor and he also began raising a large army of Orcs, Trolls and other creatures.

In the Second Age, Sauron also took on the guise of Annator, known as the Lord of Gifts, to try and lure the Elves to his side.

While in disguise, Sauron counseled the Elf smiths of Eregion on how to create the Rings of Power, though both Galadriel and Gil-galad were suspicious of him throughout.

It was in this period that he secretly created the One Ring, and after being discovered by the Elves he took 13 of the 16 Rings of Power, giving seven to the Dwarves and nine to Men who became corrupted by them and transformed into the Nazgûl.

During Sauron's war against the Elves, the Dark Lord conquered almost all of Middle-earth before he was defeated, upon which he retreated to Mordor to recover his strength and rebuild his army.

It was during the Last Alliance of Elves and Men that Sauron was again defeated, his physical form being destroyed after Isildur cut the One Ring from his finger.

Isildur

Sauron cannot be defeated without Isildur, so while he only lived during the latter half of the Second Age he is still a key figure in the period.

The eldest son of Elendil may have been Sauron's downfall in the Second Age, but they encountered each other before the battle.

Isildur first lived in Númenor with his father and brother Anárion, and when King Ar-Pharazôn captured Sauron he was at risk of being corrupted by the Dark Lord who wanted him to cut down Nimloth, the White Tree, which Isildur saved by stealing a piece of fruit.

Isildur, his father, and brother later came to Middle-earth where they established the kingdom of Gondor where he ruled alongside Anárion.

During the Last Alliance's battle with Sauron, Isildur's father Elendil was killed and his sword Narsil was broken.

Not one to give up, Isildur took the hilt of his father's sword and used the blade that remained to strike Sauron, cutting off his finger with the One Ring and thus destroying his body.

It is because of Isildur that Sauron's spirit was able to live on, though, because he refused to destroy the One Ring and instead took it for himself.

Isildur was killed when he was attacked by Orcs during the Third Age, and it was during this skirmish that he lost the One Ring while trying to escape through the Anduin river, and it did not emerge again until two thousand years later.