How to Watch The Lord of the Rings in Chronological Order

From its epic scale and unmatched sense of adventure to its beloved characters and the unforgettable relationships between them, Lord of the Rings remains the all-time best series of fantasy films. 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 movies in order is a fairly straightforward endeavor, though ahead of the TV series’ September 2 debut, we’ve put together this article to make sure newcomers can properly navigate both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies . With series newcomers in mind, the brief plot synopsis below will be spoiler-free beyond broad plot points and character introductions.

At the bottom of the article, you’ll find a second list that orders the films by their current release dates, if you’d prefer to watch them in that order instead (as I do).

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The Lord of the Rings Movies in (Chronological) Order

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