Details about Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series have been kept tightly under wraps. But thanks to an official series description from, we’re getting a closer look at the setting for the show. 

And with that setting comes a hugely influential villain.

Check out the full description below:

Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. 

Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.

The description promises an appearance from “the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen.” Though Sauron isn’t mentioned by name, it seems like he would fit the bill – he’s a pretty major villain. Plus, Lord of the Rings fans know the darkly powerful fallen Maia rose to power during the Second Age – the timeline for the new TV series.

So, are you excited to potentially see Sauron’s rise to power in the Amazon series? Drop your predictions in the comments!

Source: TheOneRing