The Shire be­fore Tolkien pitched up

The Times (South Africa) - - The Things You Need To Know Today -

Ama­zon has bought the global tele­vi­sion rights to The Lord of the Rings for an undis­closed sum. It will pro­duce a mul­ti­sea­son se­ries with sto­ry­lines pre­ced­ing au­thor JRR Tolkien’s famed fan­tasy tril­ogy.

Its first few streamed se­ries won crit­i­cal ac­claim but not sub­scribers, so Ama­zon now wants a hit like HBO’s Game of Thrones.

“Min­is­ter Brown has gone to the end of the world telling us she is not wet, but she is right in the midst of wa­ter. Her DG is cap­tured, her PA is cap­tured . . . her lover has in­ter­ests at Eskom.”

- Khu­lani Qoma, Eskom spokesman Page 1

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