How to watch Lord of the Rings in the BEST way

LORD OF THE RINGS is a film franchise which set fans alight when it hit the big screen - but what is the best way to enjoy the movies?

PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 10:01, Sat, Sep 12, 2020

Lord of the Rings, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, is one of the best loved fantasy book series ever. It begins with the children’s book The Hobbit, and gains momentum throughout its follow up: The Lord of the Rings. These books were turned into six movies – but what is the best way to enjoy these films?

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J.R.R. Tolkien wrote two novels which were turned into the Lord of the Rings film franchise.

The first was The Hobbit, published in 1937 to critical acclaim.

The children’s book was nominated for a Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction, and is still one of the most famous children’s books of all time.

The story follows Bilbo Baggins, played in The Hobbit by Martin Freeman and in Lord of the Rings by Sir Ian Holm, the titular hobbit who goes on a treacherous journey to get his hands on a portion of treasure guarded by Smaug the dragon.

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Lord of the Rings - how to watch the seriesLord of the Rings - how to watch the series (Image: New Line)

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Bilbo's journey begins happily until things become more sinister as he faces dangers he never knew existed.

The Lord of the Rings, which followed after fans begged Tolkien for a sequel, was supposed to be part of a two-volume book including poetry collection The Silmarillion.

Sadly, publishers were not a fan of this idea, and instead The Lord of the Rings was released in three volumes over the course of 1954 and 1955.

The three volumes, which are each split up into two sections, were called The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, which also became the names for the movies which were adapted from the book.

Cate Blanchett as GaladrielCate Blanchett as Galadriel (Image: New Line)

The book was met with less vigour than The Hobbit, and references Lord Sauron, who had in an earlier age created the One Ring to rule Rings of Power as the ultimate weapon, in its title.

The story follows the quest of a fellowship of people from different Middle Earthen races

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