Middle-Earth marathon: Use these sites to watch ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies
Before the MCU took hold of Hollywood forever (although we’re praying there’s a breaking point), The Lord of the Rings trilogy was the franchise to watch way back in the early 2000s.
In fact, LOTR became the rough blueprint for the way movies work in Hollywood these days. First a book, story, or comic is chosen, then it’s adapted into one movie, then another, then another, then a prequel, then two more, then a reboot and the installments then never stop until the money stops coming.
Yes, folks, we are living in a renaissance of artistic integrity in 2021. However, since The Lord of the Rings movies came before franchise was imperative, we like to think they have more heart than whatever Marvel shlock shows up in theaters this month. Have you never seen The Lord of the Rings movies? Or have you seen them a million times and now is just time for a good old-fashioned comfort rewatch? Either way, we got you covered. Check out where to watch all the original Lord of the Rings movies today.
The Fellowship of the Ring
In 2001, the first installment of The Lord of the Rings movies dropped on theaters and began to blow the minds of Tolkien freaks & LOTR noobs alike.
The film not only laid the foundation for the franchise to come and eased fans into the story of the one ring to rule them all, but also let audiences know the Lord of the Rings movies were going to be some of the biggest epics of the 2000s, if only from the prologue alone.
Some think the first LOTR is too boring, while others enjoy the rich background story for the epic battles coming in the next two installments. If you’re a Fellowship fan, it’s time to grab one of your pals’ HBO Max password; The Fellowship of the Ring is available to stream on HBO Max now, along with the extended edition.
The Two Towers
By the time the second installment of The Lord of the Rings movies came around, LOTR became a full-fledged phenomena and fans around the globe were dying to get a closer look at what Gollum looked like.
Luckily for fans, director Peter Jackson gave the people what they wanted with Gollum, along with the most battle-heavy LOTR audiences had yet seen.
The Two Towers showed off the rich detail of costume, sets, and miniatures from the people behind the Lord of the Rings movies, along with intricate battle scenes showcasing the unbelievable makeup of the Orcs battling the good guys for power over Middle-Earth.
Are you a die-hard for the non-stop action of the second installment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy? If you yearn to revisit the time in the LOTR trilogy when meat’s back on the menu, you’re in luck; you can buy The Two Towers on Vudu & iTunes. However, if you have an HBO Max subscription, you can watch both the theatrical & extended versions of The Two Towers for free now.
The Return of the King
Finally, many regard the final installment of The Lord of the Rings movies as the most well rounded, featuring a seemingly equal display of wafty emo brothership and gritty dense battle. The film earned an Oscar for Best Picture in 2004, although many viewed the award as an acknowledgement of the massive undertaking all three films required.
To Return of the King fans, nothing beats LOTR 3. Return presents Gollum’s origin story, Frodo & Sam’s return to the Shire (but to the annoyance of book fans, without the scouring), and about four different endings before the film’s credits finally roll.
If you want to watch Return, (you guessed it), get your hands on an HBO Max password to watch both the theatrical & extended editions. Otherwise, you’ll have to pick up the movie from Vudu or YouTube for $3.99. If you’re desperate to scratch that LOTR itch, though, the four bucks will be well worth it.