With Amazon formally announcing that a prequel television series based on Middle-earth is in the works, curiosity is high as to what the story might be, and there would be absolutely no shortage of material to draw from.

The backstory of Tolkien’s high fantasy world is vast and deep. It draws from plenty of real world religions and mythologies and covers thousands of years. Most of it is barely mentioned in the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings movies.

Part of this was just a matter of practically for Peter Jackson ...

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