If you haven't been obsessively following the news swirling about the new Lord of the Rings series possibly hitting Amazon Prime this year, you may have missed a series of tweets from the show's official account this month that have hardcore fans almost literally imploding from speculative excitement. All we really knew about the series until recently -- other than that it's being helmed by showrunners Patrick McKaye and John D. Payne, will have five seasons, and will cost $1 billion -- is that it isn't set during the actual Lord of the Rings trilogy, meaning that our pals Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee will have nothing to do with it.
Previously, there was a rumor going around that Amazon was pulling a Solo and creating a prequel series around a young version of Dúnedain ranger Aragorn, the heir to the kingdom of Men in The Lord of the Rings. But some new info has been trickling out that suggests this show is going way further back in time.
In fact, if the fan theories hold true, the new series, or at least part of it, will take place a few thousand years before Aragorn was even born. On February 15, the show's official Twitter account posted a label-less map of what we can all pretty much guess is Middle Earth. Once a week since then, the map has been expanded with place names everyone knows, like Mordor and Moria, and places you likely only know if you're big into LOTR lore.
On Thursday, the account posted what looks to be a final version of the map with a few extremely important places labeled.