Meaghan Kirby
Updated Nov 13, 2017 @ 3:36 pm

It’s time to head back to Middle Earth: a Lord of The Rings TV series is coming to Amazon.

After a widely publicized search for its own response to Game of Thrones, Amazon Studios has announced that it has acquired the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved Lord of the Rings books, complete with a multi-season production deal.

But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean we’ll be following Frodo Baggins on his epic journey again.

According to Amazon, the series will be a prequel to the events famously depicted in the Peter Jackson trilogy, and will “explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.” The deal would also explore potential spinoffs, meaning this could be the start of a whole new iteration of the LOTR franchise at Amazon.

According to reports, the Tolkien estate had been shopping the project around to major platforms, including Netflix and HBO, before Amazon acquired the rights for a near $250 million. So it’s safe to say the Lord of the Rings TV series is going to be one of the biggest shows to grace our screens sometime in the next few years.

Meanwhile, the Tolkien estate is thrilled to have found a home at Amazon.

The Middle Earth-set franchise has already been widely explored by Peter Jackson in both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, so we’re certainly curious to follow a new story within the beloved original.

No word as to whether any of the original cast members are returning — as new characters, obviously — but here’s hoping Sean Astin pops up as an ancestor of the beloved Samwise Gamgee, Ian McKellen has a quick cameo, and of course, we learn the origins of second breakfast.