What is the order of the Lord of the Rings movies?

How to Watch Lord of the Rings in Order? Lord of the Rings movies by release date- The Fellowship of the Ring-2001, The Two Towers-2002, The Return of the King-2003.


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  1. 1 The order that the movies were released in chronological order is the Lord of the Rings

    1. The Fellowship of the Ring

    2. The Two Towers

    3. The Return of the King

    After those were the Hobbit movies, in terms of release dates they are:

    1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    2. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

    3. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

  2. 2 However, in terms of the order of the story the way Tolkien outlined them, this is, in the order they were originally told you’ll need to watch the movies in this order

    1. The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey

    2. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

    3. The Hobbit: Battle of 5 armies

    4. The Fellowship of the Ring

    5. The Two Towers

    6. The Return of the King

  3. 3 Many fans usually confine themselves to Peter Jackson’s efforts. But here, in chronological order, are all the previous Lord of the Rings movies.

    1. 1600? The Tragedie of Frodo Baggins by William Shakespeare.

    2. 1944, a little-known film noir version of The Lord Of The Rings.

    3. 1977, the Rankin-Bass version of The Hobbit (TV Movie 1977). Way, way better than Peter Jackson’s bloated, 3-movie monstrosity. That doesn’t make it very good.

    4. 1978, Ralph Bakshi’s infamous incomplete version of The Lord of the Rings (1978). I saw it when it came out, and remember thinking at the end, “That’s it????” See also A Critique of Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings.

    5. 1980, the Rankin-Bass version of The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King (TV Movie 1980). Has a pretty good visualization of Sam and Frodo’s day hike with orcs in Mordor, though there’s not much else to recommend it.

    As you can see the Hobbit movies came out later than the main trilogy and can technically be watched after the Lord of the Rings movie however watching in chronological order is better for first-time viewers. (See In What Song Does Led Zeppelin Sing About “Lord Of The Rings”?)


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