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How to Watch the lord of the rings: the rings of power Movies in Order

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If you want to visit a fantastic world full of dwarves, elves, and orcs, you can’t go wrong with The Lord of the Rings. This film series consists of two trilogies that together form the whole Middle Earth work of English author J.R.R. Tolkien.

Many streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube, and iTunes, offer the complete journey from The Shire to Mount Doom.

Important: This article solely covers Lord of the Rings films released in theatres under the direction of Peter Jackson beginning in 2001. It excludes any previous films, such as The Lord of the Rings titles produced in 1980, 1978, or 1944. It also excludes the animated adaptation of The Hobbit (1977).

Coverart from the Lord of the Rings movies.
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How to Watch the lord of the rings: the rings of power in Chronological Order

One approach to view The Lord of the Rings is in the order in which Tolkien narrated the story. As Bilbo Baggins put it, “It all started with the door. The road has now gone far ahead, and I must follow if I can.”

This story is best enjoyed beginning at the entrance of Bilbo Baggins’ Shire house and concluding at the finale inside Mount Doom itself. The following is the sequence in which you should read this epic tale as J.R.R. Tolkien told it.

MovieTimingWhere to Watch
The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyThe Wizard, Gandolf, convinces Bilbo Baggins to join a quest with a group of dwarves.Amazon PrimeVuduGoogle PlayYouTubeiTunesRedbox
The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugBilbo and the dwarves arrive at the Lonely Mountain and face the deadly dragon Smaug.Amazon PrimeVuduGoogle PlayYouTubeiTunesRedbox
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesThe last part of The Hobbit trilogy involves the search for the Arkenstone, and a battle between Men, Elves, and Dwarves against an Orc army. Bilbo returns home to Bag End still carrying The One Ring.Amazon PrimeVuduGoogle PlayiTunesRedbox
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingYoung Frodo Baggins inherits The One Ring from Bilbo, and embarks on his own journey outside The Shire with his best friends Samwise, Merry, and Pippen. Amazon PrimeVuduGoogle PlayYouTubeiTunesRedbox
The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersThe Fellowship of the Ring gets split into two parties, with Frodo and Samwise followed by the creature, Gollum. Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, and Pippen each follow paths of their own.Amazon PrimeVuduGoogle PlayYouTubeiTunesRedbox
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingThe conclusion of Tolkien’s epic work involves Sam and Frodo reaching Mount Doom, and the rest of The Fellowship preparing for the greatest war of Middle Earth since The War of the Elves and Sauron.Amazon PrimeVuduGoogle PlayYouTubeiTunesRedbox

If you believe you’ll be able to finish this epic journey in one sitting, you might be surprised. The Hobbit trilogy lasts nearly 8 hours. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is 9.5 hours long. To watch all six, you’d have to sit for about 17.5 hours. But, as Samwise Gamgee once quipped, “it’s the task that never starts that takes the longest to do.” So get going!

How to Watch The Lord of the Rings in Order of Release

Do you wish to view The Lord of the Rings films in their original order, including The Hobbit? Many people do this to feel what it was like to witness the Tolkien story as directed by Peter Jackson on the big screen. This is because there is information and story components that will make greater sense to moviegoers who have already seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

To accomplish this, watch The Lord of the Rings in the order listed below.

MovieRelease DateWhere to Watch
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingDecember 19, 2001Amazon PrimeVuduGoogle PlayYouTubeiTunesRedbox
The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersDecember 18, 2002Amazon PrimeVuduGoogle PlayYouTubeiTunesRedbox
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingDecember 17, 2003Amazon PrimeVuduGoogle PlayYouTubeiTunesRedbox
The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyDecember 6, 2012Amazon PrimeVuduGoogle PlayYouTubeiTunesRedbox
The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugDecember 13, 2013Amazon PrimeVuduGoogle PlayYouTubeiTunesRedbox
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesDecember 4, 2014Amazon PrimeVuduGoogle PlayYouTubeiTunesRedbox

Which Is the Right Order?

There is no right or wrong way to watch The Lord of the Rings. While you could boil, mash, and stew them, parts of the stories told in the LOTR prepare the spectator for watching those storylines unfold in The Hobbit trilogy. The main storyline in The Hobbit, on the other hand, provides as a backdrop to the events in LOTR.

The bottom line is that in The Lord of the Rings, the end of one story tends to merge into the start of another. “For even the wisest cannot see all ends,” Gandalf remarked. The movies are so engrossing that you’ll watch them all no matter where you start. And then back again.

FAQ

Is Lord of the Rings available for free on Amazon Prime?

No, you can view the Lord of the Rings movies on Amazon Prime Video, but you must pay to rent or buy them, even if you have a Prime Video subscription.

How can I know whether I’m watching the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition?

Examine the film’s duration. The extended version of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring runs 208 minutes, or 3 hours and 28 minutes, and adds an additional 30 minutes of footage not included in the original release.

What movies should I watch after Lord of the Rings?

Watch the Harry Potter films in order if you want more imaginative adventures with wizards and elves. You might also enjoy The Chronicles of Narnia films, which are based on the books of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien’s contemporary and friend.

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