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The The Lord of the Rings film trilogy comprises 3 live-action fantasy epic films: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). The series is based on the book The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien and is set in the fictional world of Middle-earth. The 3 films follow the young hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and thus ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron.
The movies were written, produced, and directed by Peter Jackson, co-written by Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and distributed by New Line Cinema. Considered to be one of the biggest movie projects ever undertaken (with an overall budget of $280 million), the entire project took 8 years, with the filming for all 3 movies done simultaneously and entirely in Jackson's native New Zealand. The trilogy was a great financial success and the films were critically acclaimed, winning 17 Academy Awards in total.
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