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Otaku-sempai
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Aug 6, 3:06pm


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Interesting.

Darkstone's ideas are very much in line with Cubicle 7's Tales from Wilderland and The Darkening of MIrkwood campaign for The One Ring Roleplaying Game. If I were working with him I might try to arrange it so the show could work with Cubicle 7 and mine their materials for plot-hooks, additional settings, and supporting characters. It might likely prove impossible to gain all of the necessary permissions, but it might be worth the effort to make the attempt.



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If I were the sole showrunner, I probably would pitch the series about Aragorn before the War of the Ring. Ideas for casting Aragorn as a young adult range from GoT's Kit Harrington or Richard Madden to Bill Skarsgård, Nicholas Hoult or even Henry Mortensen (son of Viggo). Perhaps Saoirse Ronan or Astrid Bergès-Frisbey for Arwen. I would be ecstatic to be able to get Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen or other actors from the films to reprise roles; Martin Freeman guest-starring as Bilbo? Yes, please!

The show might begin with a cold-opening showing Estel (age nineteen years) Elladan and Elrohir tracking one or more Bree-youths, who have foolishly wandered into the Barrow-downs, and rescuing them from a Wight. Some elements of Aragorn's backstory would need to be introduced in the first episode: the circumstances of his birth; the death of Arathorn with Gilraen and little Aragorn coming to Rivendell; young Estel watching a strange group of visitors--thirteen Dwarves accompanied by the wizard Mithrandir and an odd little man who he at first takes to be a boy of about his own age. I would also film sequences of Aragorn as a teen and young adult in and around Rivendell being taught history, riding, fighting, woodcraft. even accompanying the sons of Elrond on patrols of Eriador. These scenes might be interspersed throughout the remaining episodes of the series as flashbacks. The rest of the premiere episode would consist of Aragorn's twentieth birthday; the revelations of his name and heritage; his first encounter with Arwen; and end with his taking leave of his mother Gilraen, Elrond and his folk, and departing from Imladris.

The rest of Season One would consist of Aragorn's travels and adventures in Eriador and the other lands west of the Misty Mountains as he is introduced to the hidden enclaves of his kinsmen; is introduced to the Ranger who has been leading the Dúnedain in his absence since the death of his father; meets and befriends Gandalf the Grey. Exploring the Old Forest, the young Ranger might encounter Tom Bombadil and Goldberry. Action would come in the form of wandering Trolls, Orcs from Mount Gram, Dunlending bandits and the like. A Dwarf-lord from the Blue Mountains might have a dispute with the Elves of Harlindon. Sailors (or boating Tooks?) might suffer an accident and was ashore on the Cape of Eryn Vorn, requiring rescue before they are set upon by the Wild Men who dwell there. Aragorn and Gandalf might be called on to aid a tribe of Lossoth in Forochel beset by raiders with White Wolves.

In Season Two Aragorn and Gandalf would cross the Misty Mountains to travel through the Vales of the Anduin to the Woodland Realm, Esgaroth, Dale, Erebor, perhaps as far as Dorwinion. Circumstances keep them away from Lothlórien, though maybe Gandalf has something to do with that himself. Characters that could be introduced this season include: Radagast the Brown; Beorn; The elvenking Thranduil; Legolas; the Lord of the Eagles; the New Great Goblin; the new Master of Lake-town; King Bard, his queen and his son Bain; Dain, King under the Mountain; his son Thorin Stonehelm; the surviving Dwarves of the Company of Thorin Oakenshield.

Season Three would center around the kingdom of Rohan and Aragorn's service to King Thengel, perhaps under the traveling name of Thorongil. In this season we don't see as much of Gandalf. We do meet Théoden as a boy; Thengel's queen Morwen of Loddarnach (a woman of Gondor); Gálmód (father of Gríma Wormtongue); Saruman the White; and various folk of Rohan and Dunland.

For Season Four we would travel to Gondor, principally Minas Tirith though we would visit such diverse locations as Dol Amroth, Pelargir and the City of the Corsairs in Umbar. The final episode(s) of the season would take place in Lórien. As Thorongil, Aragorn would serve and advise Ecthelion II, the twenty-fifth Ruling Steward of Gondor. He would also gain the suspicion and enmity of Ecthelion's son Denethor. As Thoringil, Aragorn might act as a Ranger of Ithilien or might be made a Knight of Dol Amroth. He might see action in Harondor or along the borders of Mordor. Eventually he leads a successful raid on the Corsairs of Umbar, destroying a good part of their fleet and killing one of their captains in single combat. Following the raid, Aragorn leaves Gondor and is last seen by Men heading for the Mountains of Shadow. He spends some weeks scouting for plots of the Enemy before deciding to return to Rivendell for a while. On his way to Imladris he comes to Lothlórien where Galadriel permits him to enter. There Aragorn is reunited with Arwen and at mid-year they plight their troth on the hill of Cerin Amroth.

At the beginning of Season Three Aragorn takes his leave of Arwen, returning to Rivendell to speak with Elrond and with Gilraen. Elrond forbids him from wedding his daughter unless Aragorn first gains the throne of the Reunited Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor. This might be the most ambitious season of the show as Aragorn leaves Rivendell to toil in lands far to the East and in the distant South "where the stars are strange." Here we travel far beyond Dorwinion and Gondor into lands ruled by the servants of the Enemy--lands that we have never seen before except in our imaginations. In Rhûn and Far Harad, Aragorn will walk among peoples who we have only seen during the War of the Ring, but now we see them--both evil and good--at their daily lives. With Aragorn we get to know some of them as individuals, some even as friends. Along the way we may even encounter East-elves and Dwarves who have never looked upon the Lonely Mountain or the Iron Hills, much less the Blue Mountains. New threats might come from great, horned Ogres or Trolls called by the locals Oni, or by serpentine dragons worshiped as gods.

"For a brief time I was here; and for a brief time I mattered." - Harlan Ellison

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