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In this article I discuss why Peter Jackson must produce the story known as the Akallabeth (mentioned in the Silmarillion). Now we already have two great trilogies from Tolkien’s Legendarium: The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. However, there is one key story that would help complement both stories immensely: the Akallabeth.
The Akallabeth is a modest sized passage in the Silmarillion that tells the story of the Fall of Numenor. Numenor is the last great kingdom of Men to stand before the subsequent Third Age rolls in.
This story is one that establishes Sauron’s character, explains the politics and geography of Middle Earth, and ties in all the lore that was exposed in Jackson’s two trilogies. These loose ends of lore in the trilogy are: the mortality of men versus the immortality of the Elves, the vague mentions of Elrond during the Fellowship of the Ring (‘the blood of Numenor is all but spent’), and the origins of Isildur before he took the One Ring.
Furthermore, the Akallabeth holds promise because it accomplishes two important feats: it introduces Sauron’s rise to power in Middle Earth, and it reveals how Men began to supplant the important roles Elves played in Middle Earth.
At this time audiences know who Sauron is but not where he came from or why he is evil. The Akallabeth is a ripe opportunity to further describe Sauron’s character and describe his relationship with Men.
The Akallabeth itself takes place in the Second Age of Middle Earth and revolves around the almost mystical kingdom of Numenor, created by the higher powers for a high race of Men, which came to dominate much of Middle Earth. Sauron, envious of them rallies to face them in battle. However, all is not as it seems when the mighty King of Numenor musters a mighty army to meet him.
This story promises much if told: the Isle of Numenor should prove a great but rewarding CGI challenge, the rich history and lore of Numenor is sure to enthrall loyal Tolkien fans, and most of all-continue to generate interest in the books which will ensure future films to make which in the end will reward Peter Jackson monetarily through the box office.