How Long Are All The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Movies Combined?

How Long Are All The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Movies Combined?

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The three-year period from 2001 to 2003 has given us three films that are today considered to be among the most memorable works of modern cinematography. Peter Jackson was the brave director that had enough courage to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic saga The Lord of the Rings and the trilogy became a massive hit, both critically (winning numerous awards) and commercially.

The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King are movies that are often quoted as being among the best of the whole decade and they have certainly earned their place in history. Nine years after The Return of the King, Peter Jackson once again returned to Tolkien’s Middle-earth, adapting The Hobbit, once more as a trilogy. Although not as acclaimed as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit trilogy was also well-received and it fit right into the cinematic world of Tolkien’s Middle-earth. In today’s article, we are going to tell you how long each of these movies was – both the theatrical and the extended editions – and how long would it take you to watch all of them.

The theatrical versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies have a total runtime of 558 minutes (9 hours and 18 minutes) and 474 minutes (7 hours and 54 minutes) respectively. The extended editions of each trilogy have a total runtime of 686 minutes (11 hours and 26 minute) and 532 minutes (8 hours and 52 minutes) respectively. This means that it would take you 1,032 minutes (17 hours and 12 minutes) to watch the theatrical versions and 1,218 minutes (20 hours and 18 minutes) to watch the whole extended editions of the two trilogies.

What should you expect? A thorough guide to the two Middle-earth cinematic trilogies that have defined the fantasy genre when movies are concerned. You’re going to see a list of all the movies and their run times, both the theatrical and the extended versions. Then, we are going to give you a brief synopsis for each movie and list the differences between the two versions for each movie and with that, we are going to conclude today’s article. Enjoy!

How Long Are All The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Movies Combined?

Peter Jackson’s two series contain a total of six movies. Each of the movies has a shorter, theatrical version that was released in cinemas around the world, and a longer, extended version that was released on home media. The six movies, along with their run times, are:

MovieYearRunning time (TV)
(hours and minutes)
Running time (TV)
(minutes)
Running time (EV)
(hours and minutes)
Running time (EV)
(minutes)
The Fellowship of the Ring20012 hours and 58 minutes1783 hours and 28 minutes208
The Two Towers20022 hours and 59 minutes1792 hours and 46 minutes226
The Return of the King20033 hours and 21 minutes2014 hours and 12 minutes252
An Unexpected Journey20122 hours and 49 minutes1693 hours and 2 minutes182
The Desolation of Smaug20132 hours and 41 minutes1612 hours and 6 minutes186
The Battle of the Five Armies20142 hours and 24 minutes1442 hours and 44 minutes164

Now that we’ve listed all of the movies and their run times, we can do some simple math. As far as the theatrical versions are concerned, it would take you a total of 1,032 minutes to watch all of the six movies, i.e., a total of 17 hours and 12 minutes.

If you opt for the extended versions, it would take you about three hours longer, as they run for 1,218 minutes in total, which equals to 20 hours and 18 minutes. Okay, you might not get much sleep that day, but the good thing is that you could binge-watch the complete series in under a day. Now that we’ve settled this, let us tell you a little about the movies themselves.

1. The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Synopsis

The Narrator first tells the prehistory of the so-called One Ring, which was forged by the Dark Ruler Sauron. The ring has magical powers and gives Sauron great power. Even so, the free peoples of Middle-earth managed to defeat Sauron. Isildur took the One Ring, but was killed in an attack by orcs.

A total of 2,500 years later, when the Ring was almost forgotten, it was found by Sméagol, a halfling who would be corrupted by the Ring and become Gollum. The Ring cursed the creature’s life for five hundred years until it went in search of a new bearer and fell into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

The actual plot beings 60 years later in the Shire, in a small town inhabited by Hobbits. On his 111th birthday, Bilbo decides to leave his home and bequeath the Ring to his nephew, Frodo Baggins. By studying old records, the wizard Gandalf finds out that this is the Ring of the dark ruler Sauron. Sauron, who has returned to his old realm of Mordor, lets his servants, the Nazgûl, search for the ring through which he would regain his old strength. Frodo, therefore, has to flee from his home.

His friends Samwise Gamgee, Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry), and Peregrin Took (Pippin) join him on that adventure. They flee from their pursuers, the Nazgûl, to Bree, where a meeting with Gandalf was arranged. But Gandalf doe not appear because he is being held captive by his former friend, but now an ally of Sauron, Saruman the White, in Isengard. Instead, in Bree, the hobbits meet Aragorn, the rightful heir to the throne of Gondor. His identity, however, remains hidden for the time being, as he pretends to be “Strider”.

He wants to lead them to the Elven city of Rivendell. On the way there, Frodo is seriously injured in an attack by the Nazgûl. With the help of the Elf Arwen, he gets to Rivendell in time to be healed by Elrond. In Rivendell, a council made up of representatives of the free peoples of Middle-earth decides that a Fellowship of nine companions should bring the ring to Mordor in order to destroy it there. The Fellowship consists of the wizard Gandalf, the hobbits Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry, the Men Aragorn and Boromir, the elf Legolas, and the dwarf Gimli.

On the way to Mordor, the companions have to overcome the Misty Mountains. The attempt to cross it on Mount Caradhras fails because of a snowstorm triggered by Saruman. So they decide to take a detour through the mines of Moria. There they find the corpses of the dwarfs who once lived there. There is also a fight with some orcs and a cave troll. Finally, Durin’s Bane, a balrog who was once roused by the dwarves when they were digging for Mithril and who ultimately destroyed their empire in Moria, appears in front of them.

The Fellowship flees from it. Gandalf wants to stop the Balrog on the bridge of Khazad-dûm. Both fall into a ravine together, and the Fellowship has to continue the journey without him. They reach the Elven Kingdom of Lothlórien, which is ruled by Galadriel and Celeborn. There Frodo looks in Galadriel’s mirror and realizes the dangers that lie ahead of him. He offers the ring to Galadriel, who – herself a ring bearer – manages to resist this offer.

On departure, Galadriel presents gifts to all the members of the Fellowship, gifts which will be of great use to them on their journey. With the boats that they got from the Elves of Lothlórien, the Fellowship drive on the Anduin downstream to Parth Galen. They are followed by the Uruk-hai, orcs bred by Saruman.

Boromir succumbs to the power of the Ring and wants to take it from Frodo below Mount Amon Hen. Frodo runs away and decides to travel on by himself. In Parth Galen, there is a final battle with the Uruk-hai, in which the Fellowship is separated.

Boromir tries to protect the hobbits Merry and Pippin from the attacking Uruk-hai by himself. In this fight, Boromir is fatally hit by three arrows; Merry and Pippin are kidnapped by the Uruk-hai. When Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli finally come to the battlefield, they only find the badly wounded Boromir, who dies in Aragorn’s arms. Sam finds Frodo when he gets into one of the Elven boats alone.

Both now travel on without the other companions. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, however, decide to free the abducted hobbits and go into pursuit.

Differences between the versions

As the official Lord of the Rings Wikia states, these scenes have been extended or added in the first movie:

  • Prologue: One Ring to Rule them All… (Extended)
  • Concerning Hobbits (Added)
  • The Shire (Extended)
  • Very Old Friends (Extended)
  • A Long-expected Party (Extended)
  • At the Green Dragon (Added)
  • The Passing of the Elves (Added)
  • The Nazgul (Extended)
  • The Midgewater Marshes (Added)
  • Flight to the Ford (Extended)
  • The Sword That Was Broken (Extended)
  • The Council of Elrond (Extended)
  • Gilraen’s Memorial (Added)
  • The Departure of the Fellowship (Added)
  • The Ring Goes South (Extended)
  • The Pass of Caradhras (Extended)
  • Moria (Extended)
  • A Journey in the Dark (Extended)
  • Balin’s Tomb (Extended)
  • Lothlorien (Extended)
  • Caras Galadhon (Extended)
  • The Mirror of Galadriel (Extended)
  • Farewell to Lorien (Extended)
  • The Great River (Extended)
  • The Breaking of the Fellowship (Extended)
  • Boromir’s Last Stand (Extended)
  • The Departure of Boromir (Extended)
  • Fan Club Credits (Added)

2. The Two Towers (2002)

Synopsis

After entering Emyn Muil, Frodo Baggins and Sam meet the creature Gollum, who tries to take the Ring from them by force but, upon being defeated, promises the hobbits to guide them to Mordor. Taking them out of Emyn Muil and through the Swamp of the Dead, they reach the Morannon, the “Black Gate” of Mordor.

However, the great protection it has makes it impossible for them to enter that way and Gollum proposes that they take the secret path of Cirith Ungol. During the journey, they meet an advanced troop of Gondorian Rangers led by Faramir, brother of Boromir, who takes them prisoners and discovers that they carry the One Ring. Faramir tells the hobbits that Boromir has died and that he was found in an elven boat.

This makes Frodo think, because he believed that Boromir only wanted the Ring, and through his brother, he discovers that he died protecting the Fellowship, as all its members had sworn when leaving Rivendell. Faramir decided to take them before his father, but as he passed through the ruined city of Osgiliath, the Gondorian soldiers found themselves fighting Sauron’s forces led by some Nazgûl.

Realizing the evil power of the Ring over Frodo, who was almost captured by one of the Nazgûl, Faramir decides to free them to complete their mission. Meanwhile, the Uruk-hai, who have taken Merry Brandybuck and Pippin Took as prisoners, are killed by the exiled Rohan horsemen and the hobbits manage to escape the battle, entering the forest of Fangorn.

Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, who had gone after them, find the remains of the battle and follow the tracks of their friends into the forest. In it, they meet Gandalf, whom they believed to be dead after his fall from the bridge of Moria, and once he informs them that he has left Merry and Pippin in good hands, they go together to Edoras, capital of Rohan, to speak with King Théoden.

However, he is bewitched by Saruman thanks to the help of the king’s advisor, Gríma, who secretly works for the evil wizard. Under his influence, he banished his nephew Éomer after the death of Théodred, his son and heir to the throne. Gandalf manages to free him and Théoden decides to shelter his people in the fortress of Helm’s Deep in order not to risk an open conflict with Isengard on Edoras.

Saruman sends a large army of Uruk-hai to destroy Helm’s Deep, while Gandalf goes in search of the exiled Rohirrim for battle. The elf Haldir, from the forest of Lothlórien, comes with a small army to Rohan’s aid, and together they manage to resist until the arrival of Gandalf, Éomer, and numerous Rohirrim, who defeat the Uruk-hai.

Meanwhile, Pippin and Merry, who had been entrusted by Gandalf to Treebeard, go together with him to a council among various members of their race at which they decide what to do about the war. After a long time talking, they decide that it is not their business.

However, when Treebeard leads the hobbits out of the forest, he discovers that Saruman has cut down many trees and with his cry lures back all the Ents, who march towards Isengard and destroy it. After these victories, Gandalf and the rest believe that the time has come to fight the final battle, which will be decided in Gondor and where everyone will play their last cards for the future of Middle-earth.

Differences between the versions

As the official Lord of the Rings Wikia states, these scenes have been extended or added in the first movie:

  • Elven Rope (Added)
  • The Taming of Smeagol (Extended)
  • The Uruk-hai (Extended)
  • The Burning of the Westfold (Extended)
  • Massacre at the Fords of Isen (Added)
  • The Banishment of Eomer (Extended)
  • Night Camp at Fangorn (Extended)
  • The Passage of the Marshes (Extended)
  • The White Rider (Extended)
  • The Song of the Entwives (Added)
  • The Heir of Numenor (Added)
  • Ent Draft (Added)
  • The King of the Golden Hall (Extended)
  • The Funeral of Theodred (Added)
  • Brego (Added)
  • The Ring of Barahir (Added)
  • A Daughter of Kings (Extended)
  • Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit (Extended)
  • Dwarf Women (Extended)
  • One of the Dunedain (Added)
  • The Evenstar (Extended)
  • Helm’s Deep (Extended)
  • The Window on the West (Extended)
  • Sons of the Steward (Added)
  • The Forbidden Pool (Extended)
  • The Glittering Caves (Extended)
  • “Don’t Be Hasty Master Meriadoc!” (Added)
  • Last March of the Ents (Extended)
  • Fangorn Comes to Helm’s Deep (Added)
  • The Final Tally (Added)
  • Flotsam and Jetsam (Added)
  • Farewell to Faramir (Added)
  • Fan Club Credits (Added)

3. The Return of the King (2003)

Synopsis

The film begins with a scene where Sméagol (later Gollum) and Déagol find the One Ring while fishing. Although Déagol lifted it from the bottom, Sméagol wants it for himself. Sméagol kills Déagol and takes the Ring for himself, after which he goes to the caves of the Misty Mountains.

Gollum leads Frodo and Sam to the tower of the dead, Minas Morgul, near which there is a secret passage to Mordor. Aragorn, Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas, Théoden, and Éomer arrive in Isengard, where they meet Merry, Pippin, and Treebeard, and learn that Saruman has lost his power. Pippin finds a Palantir and, after returning to Edoras and celebrating the victory, secretly looks at it.

He accidentally learns of the enemy’s plans to attack Minas Tirith and Gandalf goes there with him. Arwen sees the vision of her and Aragorn’s son and returns to her father in Rivendell, where she asks him to restore the sword of Narsil, which cut the One Ring from the hand of Sauron long ago. She turns into a mortal and her life, whether she will live or not, depends on the outcome of the war.

Gandalf and Pippin arrive in Minas Tirith, where Pippin enters the service of Gondor’s governor, the father of Boromir and Faramir. The Witch-king and the Gothmog lead an orc army, while Frodo, Sam, and Gollum begin their ascend towards Mount Doom. Pippin and Gandalf see a ray coming from the Minas Morgul tower and deduce that it is the beginning of the Mordor armies’ offensive. The orcs manage to capture Osgiliath.

Pippin lights a signal light and Rohan’s army gathers in Dunharrow before marching to Gondor’s aid. Elrond arrives with Andúril, a new sword forged from Narsil, for Aragorn. After that, Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas follow the Path of the Dead to gain the support of the cursed army of ghosts and defeat the pirates of Umbar.

Merry and Éowyn go to war with Théoden’s army but in secret. The siege of Minas Tirith begins. The city is attacked by orcs, trolls, the Nazgûl, and fighting mechanisms, including a huge ram in the shape of a wolf’s head. Denethor believes that Faramir is dead and wants to burn him and himself, but Gandalf and Pippin do not allow him to do so. The governor himself dies.

Gollum replaces Sam as Frodo’s “friend” and Frodo chases him away. Soon, Frodo falls into the cave of the giant spider Shelob, who poisons him, but is defeated by Sam, who soon returned. He thinks Frodo is dead and takes the Ring and Sting. But Frodo’s body is found by orcs, who are talking about how Shelob eats and is carried to the tower. Hearing this Sam calls himself a fool and follows them.

The orcs capture the capital of Gondor but they come to the aid of the Rohirrim with Théoden. The southern armies of Haradrim with the Mûmakil (elephants) come to the aid of the orcs. Théoden clashes with the Witch-king and dies under the weight of his horse, as his opponent is killed by Éowyn and Merry.

From the water come pirate ships captured by Aragorn and an army of ghosts destroys all enemy forces. Aragorn then removes the curse from them and releases them. In the tower, there is a battle for Frodo’s mithril vest, which enables Sam to easily free Frodo. They go to Orodruin, dressed in goblin armor.

But between Frodo and the fires is a huge army of Sauron’s, so Aragorn devises a plan to lure them out. The march to the Black Gate begins and the army of Middle-earth is surrounded by enemies. The battle begins.

Frodo and Sam fall on the slope of Orodruin but are attacked by Gollum. They manage to fight back and get inside, but the Ring prevails over Frodo. He does not want to destroy it and puts it on. Gollum begins a fight with him and falls with the Ring into the magma. Frodo and Sam run away from the gorge when the eruption begins.

Aragorn fights a troll, but begins to lose. Eagles come to the aid of armies of people. They also take the hobbits from Mordor. The enemy army and Sauron are destroyed. Barad-dûr is falling apart, and the land is sinking under the forces of Mordor. All return to Minas Tirith, where the coronation of Aragorn and his reunion with Arwen takes place.

The Hobbits return to the Shire, where Sam marries Rosa Cotton, and Frodo completes Bilbo’s book. After a while, Frodo, Bilbo, Gandalf, Elrond, Galadriel, and Celeborn travel to Grey Heavens, where they leave Middle-earth and sail to the Undying Lands. Sam, Merry, and Pippin return home.

Differences between the versions

As the official Lord of the Rings Wikia states, these scenes have been extended or added in the first movie:

  • The Finding of the Ring (Extended)
  • The Road to Isengard (Extended)
  • The Voice of Saruman (Added)
  • Return to Edoras (Extended)
  • Eowyn’s Dream (Added)
  • Minas Tirith (Extended)
  • The Decline of Gondor (Added)
  • Cross-roads of the Fallen King (Added)
  • Sam’s Warning (Added)
  • The Paths of the Dead (Extended)
  • The Siege of Gondor
  • The Corsairs of Umbar (Added)
  • Merry’s Simple Courage (Added)
  • The Tomb of the Stewards (Extended)
  • The Witch-King’s Hour (Added)
  • The Pyre of Denethor (Extended)
  • The Battle of the Pelennor Fields
  • The Houses of Healing (Added)
  • The Last Debate (Extended)
  • Aragorn Masters the Palantir (Added)
  • The Mouth of Sauron (Added)
  • Mount Doom (Extended)
  • Fan Club Credits (Added)

4. An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Synopsis

The film begins with the 111-year-old hobbit Bilbo Baggins writing down his adventure that he experienced 60 years ago in a book for his nephew Frodo Baggins. Long before Bilbo was even born, the dwarf king Thrór was one of the most powerful dwarves in the whole of Middle-earth. His family together with Thorin Oakenshield lived in the Lonely Mountains next to the town of Dale.

But the peaceful idyll was destroyed when the huge fire-breathing dragon Smaug came there and burned most people to death and seized the riches that were in the Lonely Mountains, crushing the city at the same time. Only a few managed to escape, including Thorin and Thrór. Thorin also sees Thranduil, the elf king standing on a hill, looking at what the dwarves’ greed has done to them. He turns his back on them, as he does not want to expose his people to the wrath of the dragon.

This leads to Thorin’s hatred of elves in the future. In the Shire, 60 years prior to Bilbo’s writing, Bilbo is tricked by the wizard Gandalf the Grey into joining Thorin’s entourage of dwarves in order to retake the mountain from Smaug. Among the dwarfs are Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Balin, Dwalin, Fìli, Kìli, Dori, Òin, Nori and Glòin. They want to hire him as a thief.

At first, Bilbo does not want to accept it, but after thinking for a while he follows them at dawn. Later in the evening, Bilbo and the company are caught by three large trolls who intend to eat them, but as their quarrel takes a long time, Gandalf manages to expose them to the sunlight, which causes them to turn to stone.

They find the trolls’ hideout where there are several elf-forged swords; Gandalf gives Bilbo a sword that will in the future be called Sting. Radagast the Brown arrives and tells that a dark force is taking possession of Greenwod. He also says that he had a terrifying encounter in the fortress of Dol Guldur with the Necromancer, a creature cursed by a dark force.

Then they are attacked by a pack of orcs but manage to end up in safety thanks to a secret passage that leads to Rivendell, where the elf Elrond manages to reveal how to get into the mountain as the entrance is blocked by huge boulders. There is a secret door on the side of the mountain that can be unlocked by the key that Thrór gave Gandalf before he died. But it can only be unlocked before the last rays of Durin’s day.

Gandalf then sits down with the White Council, consisting the elven ruler Galadriel, the wizard Saruman the White, and Lord Elrond. He produces a Morgul blade which was dropped by the Necromancer and which belonged to the Witch-king of Angmar. This shows probable proof that Sauron, the Dark Lord, is returning.

Saruman asks Gandalf to stop the dwarves’ journey, but when Gandalf knew this would happen, he asked the company to continue without him. The company happens to end up in a battle of stone giants. They manage to take shelter in a cave but it later turns out to be a trap made by goblins, who take them to their king, the Great Goblin.

Bilbo separates from the company and falls into a dark hole that turns out to be the creature Gollum’s home. Gollum loses a ring but does not notice it at first. Bilbo manages to take the ring and follows Gollum but is discovered. Gollum and Bilbo play a game of riddles as they agree that if Bilbo wins, Gollum will show him out, but if not, he will eat Bilbo. Bilbo wins by asking him what he has in his pocket. Gollum realizes that the ring is gone but soon realizes that Bilbo has it and starts chasing him.

The company manages to find out, thanks to the Great Goblin, that a large pale orc named Azog, who killed Thròr and his descendants in a battle on Mount Moria, has laid out a reward for Thorin’s head. Gandalf arrives and beheads the Great Goblin, which leads to a wild hunt through the mountain but then they manage to escape.

Bilbo manages to escape from the raging Gollum who desperately shouts his anger at Baggins. He comes out of the mountain and is reunited with the company. But they end up in an ambush of Azog and a bunch of orcs, which means that they take shelter in the trees. Thorin goes into battle against the orc but is defeated and overpowered by him along with his wolf.

Bilbo manages to save Thorin in the last moment before the eagles save the company from the orcs and Azog. They land safely on a cliff further away where Gandalf manages to retrieve Thorin. Thorin apologizes to Bilbo for his view of him as a failed member of the party and embraces him. At the same time, they get a view of the Lonely Mountain, which is still far away. There, a thrush knocks with an acorn on a rock, which causes the echo to wake the dragon from its sleep with a deep growl.

Differences between the versions

As the official Lord of the Rings Wikia states, these scenes have been extended or added in the first movie:

  • Prologue: The Fall of Erebor (Extended)
  • Mr. Baggins (Added)
  • Blunt the Knives (Extended)
  • Rivendell (Extended)
  • A Short Rest (Extended)
  • The Last Homely House (Added)
  • The White Council (Extended)
  • The Great Goblin (Extended)

5. The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Synopsis

Thorin and his company are pursued by Azog the Defiler and his orcs after the events of the previous film. Gandalf leads them to the nearby home of Beorn, the skin-changer. At night Azog, summons the Necromancer to Dol Guldur, ordering him to gather troops for the war. Then Azog entrusts the hunt for Thorin to his son Bolg.

The next day, Beorn accompanies the company to the borders of Mirkwood, where Gandalf discovers a black tongue etched into old ruins. At the same time, Gandalf receives a telepathic message from Galadriel urging him to investigate the tomb of the Nazgûl. He warns the company to only follow the trail and leaves them. Upon entering the forest, the group goes astray and is trapped by giant spiders.

Bilbo then frees the dwarves with his newly acquired Ring that enables him to be invisible. He subsequently drops the Ring and begins to understand its dark influence after brutally killing a living being in order to reclaim the Ring. The rest of the spiders are killed by the Wood Elves, led by Tauriel and Legolas. They take the dwarves prisoner and bring Thorin to their king, Thranduil.

Thorin reminds the elf king of his disdain for the dwarves of Erebor after being attacked by Smaug 60 years earlier; the Dwarfs are imprisoned. Bilbo, escaping captivity, rescues them using empty wine barrels, which he sends downstream. Pursued by the wood elves, the dwarves are ambushed by Bolg and his Orc squad, and Keely is wounded by a Morgul arrow. The group engages in a three-way battle, but the dwarves are ultimately able to escape from the two groups of pursuers.

Thranduil then seals the entrance to his kingdom after the captive Orc reveals that the dark entity has returned and gathers an army in the south. Tauriel decides to leave and help the dwarves; Legolas follows her. Meanwhile, Gandalf and Radagast the Brown go to investigate the Nazgûl tomb and find it empty.

The group is smuggled into town by the boatman Bard. Thorin promises the mayor and the people of the Lake-town some of the mountain’s treasures. It is then revealed that Bard is a descendant of Dale’s last ruler named Girion and has the last black arrow to kill Smaug. Kìli is forced to stay in bed, looked after by Fili, Oin and Bofur, and the rest of the company is given a warm farewell.

Meanwhile, Gandalf travels south to the ruins of Dol Guldur, while Radagast travels to warn Galadriel of their findings in the Nazgûl tomb. Inside the Necromancer’s fortress, Gandalf finds the half-mad father of Thorin, Thrain, captured by the orcs, and realizes that he has lost the last remaining of the seven dwarf rings of power.

The wizard is ambushed by Azog and confronts the Necromancer. The Necromancer kills Thrain and then overpowers Gandalf in a duel, and it turns out that the Necromancer is Sauron, whose spirit has survived since the War of the Last Alliance. Thorin and the rest of the company reach Lonely Mountain, where Bilbo discovers a hidden entrance.

He is sent to retrieve the Arkenstone gem, but he accidentally awakens Smaug. While trying to find Bilbo, Smaug says he knows about Thorin’s return. Back in Lake-town, Bard tries to bring the black arrow to the city’s crossbow, as he fears what might happen when the dwarves enter the mountain. However, in the process, he is arrested and tells his son to hide the arrow. Bolg and his detachment of orcs infiltrate the city and attack the four dwarfs, but Tauriel and Legolas, who arrive, quickly deal with the orcs.

Tauriel and Kìli develop a romantic relationship. While Kìli is recovering, he openly admires Tauriel’s beauty and asks if she loves him. Legolas sets off in pursuit of Bolg. Meanwhile, Gandalf helplessly watches as Azog and the orc army march from Dol Guldur to the Lonely Mountain. In the mountain itself, during a long chase, Bilbo and the dwarves reignite the mountain’s forge, using Smaug’s flames to create and melt a large golden statue, hoping to bury Smaug alive in molten gold. They do this, but Smaug emerges from the gold, climbs out of the mountain and flies away to destroy the Lake-town.

Differences between the versions

As the official Lord of the Rings Wikia states, these scenes have been extended or added in the first movie:

  • The Quest for Erebor (Extended)
  • Queer Lodgings (Added)
  • Where the Shadows Lie (Added)
  • Elven-gate (Extended)
  • Mirkwood (Extended)
  • The Master of Lake-town (Extended)
  • The World of Men (Extended)
  • The Prophecy (Extended)
  • A Warm Welcome (Extended)
  • The Parting of the Company (Extended)
  • The Lonely Mountain (Extended)
  • The Spell of Concealment (Extended)
  • Son of Thrór (Added)
  • The Enemy Revealed (Extended)

6. The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Synopsis

Bilbo and the dwarves watch from the Lonely Mountain as the dragon Smaug burns down Lake-town. Bard escapes from prison and ends up killing Smaug with a black arrow brought by his son Bane. Smaug’s falling body crushes the fleeing mayor and his entourage, who are fleeing in a boat loaded with the city’s gold. The Bard becomes the new head of Lake-town, and the mayor’s treacherous servant Alfrid reluctantly becomes Bard’s servant as they seek refuge in the ruins of Dale.

Legolas travels to explore Mount Gundabad with Tauriel. Thorin, now afflicted with the “dragon disease” due to the enormous treasures in the mountain, obsessively searches for the Arkenstone; Bilbo had already found the Arkenstone but hid it, which Thorin did not know. Upon learning that the survivors of Lake-town have fled to Dale, Thorin orders the entrance to Lonely Mountain to be closed.

Meanwhile, Galadriel, Elrond, and Saruman arrive at Dol Guldur and free Gandalf, sending him to safety with Radagst the Brown. They fight and defeat the Nazgûl and the most formless Sauron, driving them to the East. Azog the Defiler, on his way to Erebor with his huge army of orcs, dispatches his son Bolg to Gundabad to summon a second army. Legolas and Tauriel witness the march of Bolg’s army, supported by orc berserkers and giant bats.

Thranduil and the elven army arrive in Dale and form an alliance with the Bard to reclaim the treasure Thror once had hidden from them. Bard goes to the mountain and asks Thorin to give out a share of the gold that he had previously promised to the residents of Lake-town, but Thorin refuses. Gandalf arrives in Dale to warn Bard and Thranduil of the threat Azog poses, but Thranduil is unwilling to help him.

Bilbo escapes from Erebor and hands the Arkenstone to Thranduil and Bard so they can exchange it for the treasures he promised and prevent a battle. When the armies of Bard and Thranduil gather at the gates of Erebor, offering to exchange the Arkenstone for the promised treasure, Thorin, in anger, refuses to believe they have an Arkenstone until Bilbo confesses that he gave it up. Bilbo also reproaches Thorin for the fact that greed has eclipsed his mind.

Enraged, as he believes, by betrayal, Thorin almost kills Bilbo, but Gandalf appears and shames Thorin, who frees Bilbo. Thorin’s cousin Dane arrives with his army of dwarfs, and a battle between dwarves and elves and men begins until worms emerge from the ground, giving Azog’s army passage from the tunnels. Since the orcs are much larger than the army of Dain, the troops of Thranduil and Bard, along with Gandalf and Bilbo, enter the battle and fight the orcs. However, a second front opens up as many orcs, ogres and trolls attack Dale, forcing Bard to withdraw his forces to defend the city, while Alfrid takes a pile of gold and escapes from Dale.

Inside Erebor, Thorin suffers painful hallucinations, then regains his sanity and leads his company into battle. He travels to Ravenhill with Dwalin, Fili and Keely to kill Azog; Bilbo follows them, using his magic Ring to move unseen through the battle. Meanwhile, Tauriel and Legolas arrive to warn the dwarves of the approaching army. Fili is captured and Azog kills him in front of Bilbo and the other dwarves.

Thorin begins a fatal battle with Azog; Bolg knocks out Bilbo, defeats Tauriel, and then kills Kìli, who came to her aid. Legolas fights Bolg and ends up killing him. Thorin kills Azog, but he himself is mortally wounded. The Great Eagles arrive with Radagast and Beorn to fight the newly arrived orc army, and the orcs are finally defeated. Bilbo regains consciousness and reconciles with the dying Thorin.

Tauriel mourns Kìli, and Thranduil finally accepts to their love. Legolas then tells Thranduil that he must leave, and Thranduil advises him to seek out the Dunedain warrior in the north, called Strider. When Legolas asks what his real name is, Thranduil says that he will have to find out himself. Meanwhile, Thorin is buried with the Arkenstone along with Kìli and Fili, and Dain becomes king. When Thorin’s company begins to settle again in Erebor (with Dain as king) and Dale begins to rebuild with Bard as leader, Bilbo bids farewell to the remaining members of the company and travels home to the Shire with Gandalf.

When their paths diverge on the outskirts of the Shire, Gandalf makes it clear that he knows about Bilbo’s Ring, and warns him that the magic Rings should not be used lightly, although Bilbo assures that he has lost the Ring. Bilbo returns to his home and finds that his belongings are being auctioned because Bilbo himself is believed to be dead. He cancels the sale, but finds his house ransacked; he starts cleaning up and settling in again, and it turns out that he still has the Ring. Sixty years later, Gandalf will visit Bilbo on his 111th birthday.

Differences between the versions

As the official Lord of the Rings Wikia states, these scenes have been extended or added in the first movie:

  • Bard the Dragon Slayer (Extended)
  • Attack on Dol Guldur (Extended)
  • “Summon Our Friends” (Extended)
  • The Elven-king’s Aid (Extended)
  • The Night Watch (Added)
  • An Honest Burglar (Extended)
  • Dáin Ironfoot (Extended)
  • The Clouds Burst (Extended)
  • The Darkest Hour (Extended)
  • “To the King!” (Extended)
  • A Call to Arms (Extended)
  • Thorin’s Plan (Extended)
  • The War Chariot (Added)
  • Courage and Cowardice (Extended)
  • An Unforeseen Remedy (Added)
  • The Battle at Ravenhill (Extended)
  • To the Death (Extended)
  • King Under the Mountain (Added)

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