‘Lord of the Rings’ TV series coming to Amazon Prime

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor / From the Shadows (Stefans02/ Flickr)

says it has acquired the global television rights to “,” based on the fantasy novels by , with a multi-season commitment.

Set in , this TV series will explore new story lines preceding Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring.” The deal includes a potential additional spin-off series, Amazon said Monday.

“The Lord of the Rings” canon was named ’ favorite book of the millennium in 1999. The three films directed by Peter Jackson earned a combined gross of nearly $6 billion worldwide.

No launch date or cast members for the new series was announced by Amazon. (AP)