Fact or Fiction: Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Movies
Back in the early 2000s, filmmaker Peter Jackson and his wife, Fran Walsh, decided to take on a hugely ambitious project: adapting J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings trilogy for the silver screen. At first, the plan was to do two of the Lord of the Rings movies, but after the scripts were written, it grew into three films (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King).
After Patrick Stewart suggested Sir Ian McKellen for the role of Gandalf, casting took off until all the characters were in place. Filming took place over a few years, and then the movies were released to the public, where they received very positive feedback from the audience and critics. After proving that he could do Middle Earth justice, Peter Jackson returned to Middle Earth a few years later to create a trilogy based on The Hobbit, the prequel to Lord of the Rings.
With so many movies from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, how many do you think you really know enough about to tell the difference between fact or fiction?
The Lord of the Rings Movies
The Lord of the Rings movies are fantasy adventure movies set in the fictional Middle Earth that tell the story of one hobbit's unexpected journey to save the world by preventing the Dark Lord Sauron from obtaining the One Ring. Award-winning director Peter Jackson worked hard to get these films made, including writing a script, directing them all, and doing the final edits in the movies.
Nine years after the Lord of the Rings movies were released, Peter Jackson began working on The Hobbit, creating three more films set in Middle Earth that would tell the rest of the story, including how the One Ring got into the hands of Bilbo Baggins to begin with.