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Year of the Ring

Year of the Ring

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. In honor of these enduring classics, we’re exploring every aspect of Peter Jackson’s trilogy, from J.R.R. Tolkien’s source material to the films’ best scenes and moments, along with the continued influence of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King on modern pop culture.

Every photo from the 2001 Lord of the Rings media blitz is a priceless work of art

Gollum is a singular performance without a sole author

Debating if The Lord of the Rings films are Thanksgiving movies or Christmas movies

PS2’s Two Towers was the coolest way to miss the whole point of the Lord of the Rings

‘You shall not pass’ is classic Gandalf, but his greatest line is key to Lord of the Rings

Peter Jackson one-upped Tolkien by making Lord of the Rings into a Horse Girl story

The Lord of the Rings’ 20-year-old DVD set is absolutely thriving on TikTok

Let’s call Fellowship of the Ring what it is: a horror movie

The Lord of the Rings hobbits are almost too hot to make sense

Lord of the Rings made people think Sauron is an eye — but he’s so much more

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The jeweler who forged the One Ring never got to see it

The late artist Jens Hansen, remembered by his children and LOTR crew

Which two towers in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers are THE two towers? The answer is maddening.

Confessions of a former Legolas fangirl

The Lord of the Rings movies invented orc restaurants, in a classic fantasy pitfall

The first note played in the Lord of the Rings score has an ancient history

The truth about elven immortality

In praise of Aragorn, the most well-rounded sex symbol on Middle (or any) earth

A report from Lord of the Rings’ 2001 Comic-Con panel, with new perspective

One cannot simply separate the Lord of the Rings movies from meme immortality

Legolas’ dumb, perfect faces are the key to his whole character

Lord of the Rings revived soft masculinity with Boromir’s tender death

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings heralded the end of ‘nerd stuff’

A guide to being the most annoying person to watch Lord of the Rings with

Lord of the Rings knows full well what it’s doing

The eagles in Lord of the Rings are a plot hole, but also an us problem

An investigation of how Legolas got on that horse that one time

Return of the King won big, but Fellowship changed the Oscars forever

13 Frodos changed action figures forever

The moral of Denethor’s Lord of the Rings story is stop doomscrolling

Lord of the Rings’ best joke is about wigs, dolphins, and soccer

I wore Arwen’s bridge dress to prom thanks to a united Lord of the Rings fandom

Everybody loves the least definitive versions of the Lord of the Rings movies

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