Now that the final Hobbit movie has come and passed, many are saddened that this may be the last time Middle Earth makes it to the big screen. With the Lord of the Rings trilogy on the forefront of fantasy epic films and The Hobbit being an amazing extension to the series, these films have not only become long loved favorites but even a large part of many people's lives. Even though these movies were based on the biggest of J.R.R Tolkien's books, there is still some smaller stories that may have a chance of coming to the big screen. Here is a small list of possible stories published by J.R.R Tolkien and his son Christopher Tolkien that deserve their own films.
The Silmarillion is not as much one story as a compilation of them. This book is made of many works of J.R.R Tolkien that were later compiled by his son, Christopher Tolkien, into a book. It is a fantastic look into the history of Eä, the world in which Middle Earth is located. It includes the creation of the world, summaries of all the ages up to the Third Age, and a brief look at the events of The Lord of the Rings in a more factual perspective. I believe that if an adaption were to be made of this book, it would have a stronger resemblance to a documentary that a fantasy film due to there not being a main storyline. The reason I think this book should have a movie adaption is because of the number of people who have seen LOTR and The Hobbit but have yet to appreciate how much more J.R.R Tolkien did. This book showcases a full history of the world he created, it delves deeper into the elvish language in which Tolkien nearly fully created, and just shows how much more there is to Middle Earth and Eä than just hobbits, elves, dwarves, and men. I don't know how action packed it would be but it would be extremely interesting.
Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth
This book is very much related to The Silmarillion but I think would generate much more interest. This book simply finished many mentioned topics in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. It tells of the origin of Gandalf and the other wizards, it tells of many historic battles, and it elaborates on other races and species as well as many artifacts. This book would also be much easier to create an adaption of due to the audience most likely having a large understanding of the topics being talked about. Another thing that I believe would spark the interest of people is the blue wizards. These are the only two wizards barely even mentioned in the movies let alone seen. Many people don't even know that these wizards exist and the ones that do don't have a whole lot of information on them. To see a movie at least have a conversation on them would be awesome.
While there are many other books written and assembled by the Tolkiens, I think these two deserve the movie adaptions the most. While both wouldn't have the same feel as Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, I think it would be a interesting and factual look at Middle Earth. A new perspective on this fantastical world would be surely welcome by me and many others. But even if these last two trilogies are the only things we're left with, we are pretty lucky for the great quality and pure awesomeness.