The Lord of the Rings is a series of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson, based on The Lord of the Rings novels written by J. R. R. Tolkien

The films are subtitled The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003).

Produced and distributed by New Line Cinema with the co-production of WingNut Films

the series is an international venture between New Zealand and the United States.

the films follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and the Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring

The Lord of the Rings is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential film series ever made.

It was a major financial success and is among the highest-grossing film series of all time with $2.991 billion in worldwide receipt

The Fellowship of the Ring makes for the Gap of Rohan, but discover it is being watched by Saruman's spies.

Jackson began abstract discussions on casting during the development of the scripts with Miramax.