Tom Shippey won’t be a part of Prime Video’s LOTR adaptation

That the Lord of the Rings Amazon Prime series is the streamer’s most awaited show is a fact. Every news that we receive makes us want the show to premiere right now so we can enjoy it, comment on it, invent theories, and clearly, meme it.

This time we have news, but it is not as nice as we would like it to be. It seems that Tom Shippey, a very well known J.R.R. Tolkien academician, is no longer on the show’s team.

One of Prime Video’s goals was to make the adaptation as faithful to Tolkien as possible. We cannot be sure why Shippey left the boat, but it’s unquestionably not good news to that end.

The news came out during a YouTube live stream of Corey Olsen, another Tolkien scholar. Olsen mentioned during his broadcast that Shippey told him he was no longer involved in the production of Amazon. When asked about details of the conversation, Olsen nervously said he would not talk about it anymore out of respect for his colleague.

“It’s certainly not that simple. Is he still involved? I don’t believe so. I’m not 100 percent sure if that is the permanent state of affairs, but I do not believe he is involved as of right now.”

Neither Tom Shippey nor Amazon has given official statements confirming this, but neither have they denied it. This has fans on edge, as Shippey represented the assurance that the show’s executives would respect J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythology, remaining faithful to his work. This news raises legitimate concerns for the show’s production, which also has to deal with a delay in production due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Surely everything will be cleared up soon, but until then let’s keep our fingers crossed that this is just a rumor, or that the separation isn’t due to creative differences. We really want to see a series that brings Tolkien’s magic back to everyone’s screens.

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