The Lord of the Rings

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Created by:
J.R.R. Tolkien
First Film:
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Latest Film:
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
First TV Show:
The Lord of the Rings The Rings of Power
Latest TV Show:
The Lord of the Rings The Rings of Power
First Episode Air Date:
September 1, 2022
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10 Iconic Movie Villains Who Could Never Be Played by Another Actor

Some villains have been played by several actors. Others have only had one artist, making the role iconic enough to never be played by another actor.

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Sauron Wasn’t the True Lord of the Rings – It Was Actually [Spoiler]

Sauron was the ultimate evil in The Lord of the Rings, but he diluted his power and left himself exposed to an even greater threat.

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Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings Franchises Coming to Prime Video France

Prime Video France is set to deliver 100+ blockbusters to subscribers in the country, including The Hunger Games and The Lord of the Rings.

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Before the Ring, Gollum Was a Unique Type of Hobbit

Fans of The Lord of the Rings films may not know much about Gollum's identity as a Stoor Hobbit, but Tolkien goes into great detail in his books.

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Frodo Was Always Doomed to Be the Tragic Hero

While Frodo willfully takes on the mantel to carry the One Ring in LOTR, he also cements himself as being at the center of a tragic tale.

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10 Lord of the Rings Characters Who Deserve Their Own Game

Following the release of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, it's time to start considering other Lord of the Rings characters for their own titles.

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10 Toughest AI Enemies In Video Games

AI characters like Arkham City's Mr. Freeze and the Xenomorph in Alien: Isolation are the most challenging and impressive enemies in video games.

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Why Gollum Failed & What The Next Lord of the Rings Game Needs to Succeed

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is considered one of the worst games of 2023, and its failure tells a story many future LotR games could learn from.

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This Crucial Lord of the Rings Role Almost Went to Someone Entirely Different

Éowyn is one of the most iconic characters in Middle-earth, but someone else was offered the role before Miranda Otto got the chance to audition.

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The Importance of the Harfoots in The Lord of the Rings

The Rings of Power's Harfoots could be instrumental for the future of the Baggins' in Lord of the Rings.

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10 Deleted Movie Scenes That Deserved to be Cut, According to Reddit

Some deleted scenes add more value to films - but not these. From the Avengers' kneeling to Red's monologue, these deleted scenes were rightfully cut.

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Lord of the Rings: What Does Sauron Look Like Under His Armor? It's Complicated

Sauron's most iconic scene in The Lord of the Rings was when he fought against Elendil and Gil-galad, but his appearance wasn't book-accurate.

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What Are the Two Towers - And Why It Still Has LOTR Fans Debating?

The Two Towers title was somewhat forced upon author J.R.R. Tolkien, and it has left the meaning of it up for debate among The Lord of the Rings fans.

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Why Sauron and the Black Riders Didn't Know How To Find the Shire

One of the more thrilling parts of The Fellowship of the Ring is the pursuit of the Hobbits by the Ringwraiths, but finding the Shire took some time.

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10 Lord of the Rings Characters Who Deserved Better

While Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies are beloved, the transition from book to screen resulted in some characters getting undercut.

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Lord of the Rings Has an Atlantis-Like Apocalypse Worse Than Numenor

The flood of Númenor is going to be a central theme in The Rings of Power series, but it's not the first great flood in Middle-earth's history.

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Legolas Sees Dead People in Lord of the Rings - Here's Why

Legolas' eyesight was often overlooked in Lord of the Rings. However, this ability was also a spiritual one because it allowed him to see dead people.

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10 Best Fantasy Movies From The 2000s

From large franchises such as The Lord of the Rings to one-off films like The Spiderwick Chronicles, the 2000s dominated the fantasy genre.

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10 Most Disappointing Cards In MTG's Tales Of Middle-Earth

Tales of Middle-earth has plenty of great cards, but it also has mediocre or dud cards that don't do Tolkien's LotR books justice.

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A Deleted Lord of the Rings Scene May Have Made the Cut if Released Today

Were the LOTR films made today, it's entirely possible Peter Jackson would have kept a deleted scene involving Arwen at the Battle of Helm's Deep.