Our friend, TheHutt, from the TORn discussion forums recently shared some interesting information from German site IGN.com: Amazon has revealed to them that shooting on the new Middle-earth series will begin in 2019, with the goal to begin airing the first episodes in 2020. The 2020 goal is designed to fill the void Game of Thrones will leave after the final season airs, likely now to be in 2019.
From IGN: You may think that Lord of the Rings games are so 2003, but you’d be wrong. Case in point, Snowblind’s action RPG The Lord of the Rings: War in the North. It’s the first M-rated game for the property and the first to make use of materials from both the novels and the films.