The film series The Lord of the Rings is three epic fantasy adventure films. The film is directed by Peter Jackson and based on the novel written by J. R R. Tolkien. The films are subtitled The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2003), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). The film was produced and distributed by New Line Cinema. It is an international venture between the US and New Zealand. The film is produced by Barrie Mitchell Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Tim Sanders.
The film cast includes – Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Catherine Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies, Dominic Monaghan, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean. It is set in the fictional world of Middle Earth. The film follows the hobbit Frodo Baggins. He and the fellowship begin on a quest to destroy the One Ring to ensure its maker’s destruction. The Fellowship eventually splits up. But Frodo, along with Sam and Gollum, continues the quest.
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The three films were shot simultaneously and in New Zealand from October 1999 to 22 December 2000. The first film in the series was released on 10 December 2001, the second film released on 5 December 2002, and the third film released on 1 December 2003. The film was a major financial success and is among the highest-grossing film series of all time. The film earned $2.981 billion worldwide. The first film earned $887,933,911, the second film earned $951,227,416, and the third film earned $1,142,271,098. Critics liked each film.
For the first film, the music track was released on 20 November 2001, the second film music track released on 10 December 2002, and the third film music track released on 25 November 2003. The music is composed, conducted, produced, orchestrated by Howard Shore.
The awards include – Academy Awards – Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Makeup, Original Score, Original Song, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects.