How to watch The Lord of the Rings in chronological order

From its epic scale and unparalleled sense of adventure to its beloved characters and the unforgettable relationships between them, Lord of the Rings remains the best fantasy film series of all time. Now, 21 years after The Fellowship of the Ring, LotR is back in the zeitgeist thanks to Amazon’s upcoming Middle-earth TV series. The Rings of Power.

Watching the Lord of the Rings films in order is a fairly straightforward undertaking, although ahead of the TV series’ September 2nd debut, we’ve put together this article to ensure that newcomers to both The Lord of the Rings and The Lord of the Rings movies are familiar with it also getting along properly in The Hobbit Trilogy. With a view to series newcomers The brief plot summaries below are spoiler-free beyond broad plot points and character introductions.

There’s a second list at the bottom of the article that orders the films by their actual release dates if you’d rather watch them in that order instead (like me).

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The Lord of the Rings Movies in (chronological) order

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