The Lord of the Rings Film in History

Events in Film & TV


Book releaseHistoric Publication

1954-07-29 Publication of "Fellowship of the Ring" 1st volume of "Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien published by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1954-11-11 Publication of "Two Towers", 2nd volume of "Lord of the Rings", by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London
  • 1955-10-20 Publication of "The Return of the King", the 3rd and final volume of "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London

Film release premierFilm Premier

2001-12-10 "The Fellowship of the Ring" Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in London

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Actor
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Actor
Ian McKellen

Film release premierFilm Release

2001-12-19 "The Fellowship of the Ring", 1st Lord of the Rings film is released. Makes US$47 million US opening weekend, $871 million total worldwide.

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler
  • 2002-02-24 55th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Best Film, Peter Jackson Best Director
  • 2002-12-05 "The Two Towers" 2nd Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in New York
  • 2002-12-18 "The Two Towers", 2nd of the Lord of the Rings films is released. Makes US$62 opening weekend and $926 million total worldwide.
  • 2003-12-01 "The Return of the King", 3rd and final film in the Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2004-01-10 9th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wins Best Film

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2004-01-25 61st Golden Globes: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King", Sean Penn, and Charlize Theron win

Actress Charlize Theron
Actress
Charlize Theron
Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn
Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler

Birthdays in Film & TV


Person of interestJ. R. R. Tolkien

1892-01-03 J. R. R. Tolkien, British author (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings), born in Bloemfontein, South Africa (d. 1973)

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

Person of interestChristopher Lee

1922-05-27 Sir Christopher Lee, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), born in London, England (d. 2015)

  • 1922-09-15 Bob Anderson, English Olympic Fencer, renowned film fight choreographer (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings) (d.2012)
  • 1931-09-12 Sir Ian Holm, eminent English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Alien, King Lear), born in Goodmayes, Essex
  • 1938-10-29 Ralph Bakshi, American animator (Lord of the Rings, Fritz the Cat, Mighty Mouse), born in Haifa, Mandatory Palestine

Person of interestIan McKellen

1939-05-25 Sir Ian McKellen, English film and theatre actor (Lord of the Rings, X-Men), born in Burnley Lancashire

  • 1958-10-20 Viggo Mortensen, American Actor (Lord of the Rings, The Road), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959-04-17 Sean Bean, English actor (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, A Game of Thrones)

Person of interestPeter Jackson

1961-10-31 Peter Jackson, New Zealand film director (Lord of the Rings - Academy Award, Best Director, 2003), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
  • 1964-04-20 Andy Serkis, English actor (Gollum in Lord of the Rings), born in London

Person of interestCate Blanchett

1969-05-14 Cate Blanchett, Australian actress (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Lord of the Rings), born in Melbourne, Victoria

  • 1976-12-08 Dominic Monaghan, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Lost), born in Berlin, West Germany

Person of interestOrlando Bloom

1977-01-13 Orlando Bloom, English actor (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings), born in Canterbury, England

Person of interestLiv Tyler

1977-07-01 Liv Tyler, American actress and daughter of Aerosmith's frontman, Steven Tyler (Stealing Beauty, Lord of the Rings), born in NYC, New York

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler

Person of interestElijah Wood

1981-01-28 Elijah Wood, American actor (Good Son, The Lord of the Rings), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1916-03-22 British author "The Lord of the Rings", J.R.R. Tolkien marries Edith Mary Bratt at St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church, Warwick

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1997-11-22 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (38) weds actress Abigail Cruttenden (29)
  • 2003-01-01 "Lord of The Rings" actress Miranda Otto (35) weds actor Peter O'Brien (44) at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia
  • 2008-02-19 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (49) weds actress Georgina Sutcliffe (29) at Marylebone Registry Office in central London

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2010-12-21 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (51) divorces actress Georgina Sutcliffe (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV


Person of interestJ. R. R. Tolkien

1973-09-02 J. R. R. Tolkien, British author (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings), dies of an ulcer at 81

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

Person of interestChristopher Lee

2015-06-07 Sir Christopher Lee, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Dracula), dies at 93