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Amazon's Lord of the Rings writers' room has security rivaling Mordor

Keep it secret, keep it safe.

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Gandalf is either revealing the One Ring's secrets to Frodo or plotting to discover the secrets of Amazon's Lord of the Rings series.
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One does not simply walk into Amazon's Lord of the Rings writers' room.

There's "really exciting material" being produced by the Santa Monica-based writers, but getting to see it would be an epic quest, Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke told The Hollywood Reporter last week.

"You have to go through such clearance, and they have all their windows taped closed," she said. "And there's a security guard that sits outside, and you have to have a fingerprint to get in there, because their whole board is up on a thing of the whole season."

Not with 10,000 men could you break in, it is folly. They'd better watch for Hobbits, though.

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Salke, who joined Amazon last year, also revealed that author JRR Tolkien's estate holders (some of whom are in their 80s and 90s) are coming to New York for a dinner. They've invited Salke, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and senior vice president Jeff Blackburn to see some art that hasn't been revealed publicly yet.

Salke previously said she hopes the show will air in 2021, and Amazon last week gave us a hint of the landscape it'll take place on by releasing a new interactive Middle-earth map.