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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 the enduring classics, we're exploring every aspect of Peter Jackson's trilogy, from JRR Tolkien's source material to the best scenes and moments, along with the continued influence of Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King on modern pop culture.

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What hope really meant to Tolkien

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Lord of the Rings’ Gimli double finally tells his tale

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

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

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13 Frodos changed action figures forever

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Queer readings of The Lord of the Rings are not accidents

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Evangelicals saw their foes in Harry Potter and themselves in Lord of the Rings

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

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

Confessions of a former Legolas fangirl

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord of the Rings movies redefined ‘epic,’ but how long will the definition last?

31-disc Lord of the Rings 4K Blu-ray box set is the most Lord of the Rings yet

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

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

The Two Towers is underrated as a movie sequel

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

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

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

Why on Middle-earth has there never been a true Lord of the Rings graphic novel?

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

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

The ecstasy of seeing Lord of the Rings in theaters in 2021

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

The Lord of the Rings technically takes place in March, which hits differently now

The truth about Gandalf

What Peter Jackson’s original two-movie Lord of the Rings almost looked like

The orc daddies of Middle-Earth, ranked

The best Easter eggs in Lord of the Rings are hidden in dialogue