The Lord of the Rings

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Created by:
J.R.R. Tolkien
First Film:
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Latest Film:
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
First TV Show:
The Lord of the Rings The Rings of Power
Latest TV Show:
The Lord of the Rings The Rings of Power
First Episode Air Date:
September 1, 2022
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MCU Star Anthony Mackie Calls Out Harry Potter's Lack of Diversity

Captain America: Brave New World lead actor Anthony Mackie blasts the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchises for their lack of diversity.

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Here's What Came Before the First Age of Middle-earth

Though the name might suggest it does, the First Age of Middle-earth doesn't actually mark the beginning of the timeline in Tolkien's universe

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Rings of Power Is Giving Isildur's Origin Story the Anakin Skywalker Treatment

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power may be missing a golden opportunity to build a great character arc for Middle-earth's future fallen king.

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The Dead Marshes' Ghostly Figures Carry a Tragic Lord of the Rings Tale

The Dead Marshes are one of the most frightening and mysterious places in all of LOTR, but there is a reason the waters contain so many bodies.

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Lord of the Rings: Gollum Focused on the Wrong Part of the Character's Life

Daedalic Entertainment's choice to focus its Lord of the Rings game on Gollum wasn't a bad one, but it explored the wrong period in his life.

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Where Dwarves Come From in Lord of the Rings

Both Elves and Men have relatively similar origin stories in The Lord of the Rings, but the Dwarves arguably have the most interesting of all.

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Lord of the Rings Rights Sell For Less Than $500 Million

Embracer Group announces that it paid $395 million for the rights to make Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit games, films, and merchandise.

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Why Beorn Didn't Fight Against Sauron in The Lord of the Rings

Beorn was a big part of The Hobbit's Battle of the Five Armies, but he never fought against Sauron in The Lord of the Rings. Here's why.

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Fellowship of the Ring's Original Movie Ending Gave Frodo a Dramatic Encounter

At the end of Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo keeps Sam from drowning, but in the original version, Frodo was the one with a harrowing experience.

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The Most Expensive LotR Commander Deck Reprints - & What They're Worth

Tales of Middle-earth features some excellent, valuable reprints in its four Commander decks.

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An X-Men Villain Has a Powerful Lord of the Rings Weapon That Could Doom the Mutants

X-Men Red formally reintroduces a deadly foe from ancient mutant history who brings a Lord of the Rings flair to the Marvel Universe.

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Fans of Lord of the Rings' Éowyn Will Love Watching Hell's Paradise's Sagiri

Like Éowyn from Lord of the Rings did for movies, Hell's Paradise's Sagiri is setting an important precedent for female characters in anime.

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Tales of Middle-earth Is Bad for Beginners - Here's Why

Tales of Middle-earth is supposed to bring in new MTG players, but the barrier of entry is too high.

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SGF: MTG Senior Art Director on the Importance of Diversity in Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth

MTG Senior Art Director Ovidio Cartagena breaks down the importance of diversity and fresh imagery for Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth.

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The Hobbit: Who Are the Five Armies? It's Surprisingly Complicated

The five armies of The Hobbit differ between Peter Jackson's film and J.R.R. Tolkien's book, and the answer isn't straightforward either way.

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Disappointed by Lord of the Rings: Gollum? Play Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

LotR: Gollum was a deeply disappointing game with an interesting premise. Games looking for a better experience should play Shadow of Mordor.

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Why These Two Rings of Power Elves Need to Show Their LOTR Natures in Season 2

Gil-galad and Elrond's actions in The Rings of Power Season 1 made Galadriel look brash, so they need to be more like their LOTR selves in Season 2.

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10 Best 4K Movies To Watch On Max (June 2023)

The newly rebranded Max is finally here, making epic 4K features like Avatar and Lord of the Rings available for fans of all stripes.

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The LOTR Movies Could've Given Gandalf a More Epic Encounter Than His Balrog Fight

Gandalf showed off his powers when he defeated the Balrog, but some LOTR fans don't know that he also unveiled his power in a Nazgûl fight.

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Galadriel Refusing the One Ring Was More Than a Personal Sacrifice in Lord of the Rings

Galadriel refused Sauronn's One Ring, but her refusal came at a high price. She forewent her desire to rule, but she also doomed Lothlórien.