The Lord of the Rings (movie series)

2001-2003 three films directed by Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings is a set of three fantasy movies: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). The movies were based on J. R. R. Tolkien's book The Lord of the Rings.

The movie trilogy was directed by Peter Jackson. The screenplay was written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson. It was distributed by New Line Cinema.

This was first live-action Lord of the Rings movies made. They were filmed in New Zealand from October 1999 to December 2000, and released separately in December 2001–2003 by Warner Bros.

The movie trilogyEdit


The remains of the Hobbiton set after filming, near Matamata, New Zealand
The remains of Bag End on the Hobbiton set near Matamata, New Zealand

The cast includes:

Changes from the bookEdit

The Lord of the Rings movies were changed in several things from the book; among them where changes in the plot and motivation of the characters, and parts of the story were cut. A few sets of changes that many consider major were: "The Old Forest", "In the House of Tom Bombadil", and "Fog on the Barrow-Downs", from The Fellowship of the Ring, and "Many Partings", "Homeward Bound", & "The Scouring of the Shire" from The Return of the King. These were left out, and other passages changed, for reasons of dramatic flow and practical limits on what could be presented in three movies. The scripts are not exactly true to the story in the volumes of the book, yet have most of its most important elements. Yet, some major parts of the books were left out of the movies, and others significantly changed.


  • Together the three movies were nominated for 30 Oscars at the Academy Awards. They won 17 Oscars, 11 of which were for Return of the King.
  • The 3 movies cost 281 million dollars to make.
  • Much of the filming was done in New Zealand, but some areas were made using computers.
  • Each movie has a Special Extended Edition DVD which has a longer version of the movie.
  • Together the movies are longer than 11 hours.
  • All together the movies have more than 3,500 special effects.
  • Each movie was released a few weeks before Christmas in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
  • The movies made nearly 3 billion dollars.

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