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"The dwarf breathes so loud, we could have shot him in the dark" Haldir

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy is comprised of three live action fantasy epic films: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) (often abbreviated to 'LotR', 'FotR', 'TTT' and 'RotK').[1] The trilogy is based on the book The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien and while it follows its general storyline, also includes additions and deviations.

Set in the fictional world of Middle-earth, the three films follow the young Hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and thus ensure the destruction of the Dark Lord Sauron. However, the ArargornFellowship breaks and Frodo continues the quest together with his loyal companion Sam and the treacherous Gollum. Meanwhile, the wizard Gandalf and Aragorn, heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, unite and rally the Free Peoples of Middle-earth in several battles culminating in the War of the Ring. The wizard Saruman is defeated, The Ring is destroyed, and Sauron and his forces are vanquished.

The films were written, produced and directed by Peter Jackson,Peter Jackson co-written by Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens and distributed by New Line Cinema. Considered to be one of the biggest movie projects ever undertaken, with an overall budget of $280 million, the entire project took eight years, with the filming for all three films done simultaneously and entirely in Jackson's native New Zealand.

The trilogy was a large financial success, with the films being the 14th, 7th and 2nd most successful of all time, respectively, unadjusted for inflation. The films were critically acclaimed, winning 17 Academy Awards in total, as well as wide praise for the cast and for the innovative practical and digital special effects.[2][3][4] Each film in the trilogy also had Special Extended Editions (SEE), released a year after the theatrical release on DVD.


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