Amazon has announced plans to move production of its highly anticipated Lord of the Rings series to the UK.
The first season of the fantasy epic was filmed in New Zealand, the location of the blockbuster films, but the news that the second season will be filmed in the UK has been welcomed by British fans – especially as there is likely to be five seasons in total.
The surprising relocation is due to Amazon Studios’ decision to reduce its carbon footprint while expanding its production area.
The series, the name of which is not yet known, will take place thousands of years before the events in Tolkien’s famous books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
So we’ve put together a list of the most ethereal places in the UK that could appear on the famous series.
Dorsets Jurassic Coast, England
Avalon via Getty ImagesDurdle Door Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Lulworth Dorset England
Can’t you imagine something dramatic happening here? Perhaps something monstrous emerges from the sea? As England’s only World Heritage Site known for its unusual rock formations and fossils, the area is known for its beauty.
Scotland’s Isle of Skye
Schroptschop via Getty ImagesFamous rock formation Old Man of Storr on the Trotternish peninsula of the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
The Isle of Skye – a perfect destination for some fantasy scenes, especially with the famous rock ‘Old Man of Storr’ behind it. The rock itself even sounds like a Lord of the Rings character.
danm via Getty ImagesNeist Point and the lighthouse on the Isle of Skye at sunset in Scotland, UK
Picturesque doesn’t even cover it. The Isle of Skye is believed to offer some of the most dramatic views in all of Scotland. The origins of the name itself are unclear, but some believe that previous residents called it the “winged island”.
Standing stones in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides
Mint Images via Getty ImagesStanding Stones, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Obviously, Amazon Studios would be missing a trick if it didn’t travel to Scotland. These stones are said to be 5,000 years old, even older than Stonehenge, and were a site of important rituals for at least 2,000 years.
Cornwall’s St. Nectan’s Kieve, England
Chris Brunt via Getty ImagesSt Nectans Kieve is a beautiful wooded gorge near Tintagel in North Cornwall, England.
Tucked away in Cornwall is an 18 meter high waterfall next to ancient woodland on the banks of rival Trevillet. The area has even been named an Area of Special Scientific Interest due to the rare plants found in the area.
Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
Francesco Vaninetti Photo via Getty ImagesUnited Kingdom, Northern Ireland, County Antrim
The ideal location for an ethereal series, because it is named after a giant. Although it seems very man-made, this natural rock formation has existed for 50-60 million years as a result of volcanic activity.
Joe Daniel Price via Getty ImagesSnowdonia, Wales
These mountains are the tallest in Wales, rising more than 1,000 meters above sea level. The area also has famous links to the legends of King Arthur, making it a place already steeped in mystery and folklore.
Northern Ireland’s dark hedges
Andia via Getty ImagesIreland, Ulster, County Antrim, Ballymoney, Dark Hedges
This tree tunnel in Northern Ireland was already the setting for the widespread fantasy series Game of Thrones. At 200 years old, it might not be the oldest feature in the UK, but it’s definitely one of the scariest.