The Hobbit Movies In Order

by Nabahat|created - 30 Dec 2013|updated - 30 Dec 2013| Public
After the success of the Lord of the Rings movies, a big-budget adaptation of J.R.R.
  • Tolkien’s earlier novel, The Hobbit, seemed inevitable.
  • What wasn’t so predictable was that it would become a sprawling trilogy to match its predecessor.
  • The Hobbit is set in Middle-earth and takes place about 60 years before The Lord of the Rings.
  • It tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, a set-in-his-ways hobbit who reluctantly embarks on a long journey to help a group of dispossessed dwarves reclaim their former stronghold of the Lonely Mountain and the riches held inside from a fearsome dragon.
  • On the way, Bilbo Baggins encounters a strange creature called Gollum and inadvertently becomes the new owner of a mysterious gold ring.
  • Tolkien published The Hobbit, or There and Back Again in 1937 to immediate success.
  • The Lord of the Rings was intended to follow a similar format to The Hobbit, but Tolkien spent many years developing his Middle-earth mythology.
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That epic storyline wouldn’t appear in print until 17 years later.

The Hobbit is regarded as a children’s book since its themes aren’t as dark as the high fantasy trilogy that followed it.
The company of Bilbo Baggins, twelve dwarves, and a gentler Gandalf the Grey make for a more lighthearted quest across Middle-earth.

As Tolkien expanded the concept of his fantasy universe, he revised specific points of The Hobbit in later editions. When it came to the big-budget adaptation, the critical factor was that The Hobbit came after the phenomenally successful Lord of the Rings.

As such, the prequel’s fun is balanced with increased threat and foreshadowing that bridges to the epic threat that dominated winter cinema at the start of the 21st century.

Votes:1,791,759|Gross:The Hobbit was in Peter Jackson’s mind as far back as 1995, before he concentrated on bringing The Lord of the Rings to the big screen.


Several legal issues mired the aftermath of that trilogy’s release and massive success, including a dispute between the director and New Line Cinema.

The first was intended to follow the book’s plot, while the second bridged that adaptation with The Lord of the Rings.
In 2008, it was announced that Guillermo del Toro would direct the films.

He soon began an extensive plotting and scripting process with Jackson and his wife and production partner Fran Walsh. Unfortunately, financial concerns at MGM delayed the project further.

Always a director with a stockpile of projects in development, del Toro departed the project two years after he joined, stating that the project hadn’t officially been greenlit.

Votes:1,599,129|Gross:After del Toro’s departure, Peter Jackson picked up the reins despite a demanding production schedule and his long-running concern that it couldn’t compete with his experience directing the earlier trilogy.


In 2012 Jackson confirmed that the story had been extended to three films, over a year after filming had begun in New Zealand.

Alongside that, the films included scenes set during the events of The Lord of the Rings as well as original content.
Unlike The Lord of the Rings, you won’t get much of a clue as to how to watch the Hobbit films from the original book.

Split into a trilogy, here are the names of the movies and their correct viewing order:. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).

The Hobbit has enjoyed full home media release and is available to stream on Amazon Prime or HBO MAX.

Votes:1,770,187|Gross:Like the earlier trilogy, extended editions appeared after each Hobbit film’s release.

Where does the Amazon TV series fit in the timeline?

For the whole experience, you’d have to set aside 8 hours and 52 minutes to watch the sequence back-to-back.

Fans of Middle-earth can expect further adventures to reach the screen soon, although in a period even further back than The Hobbit.
In November 2017, Amazon purchased the television rights to the Lord of the Rings for $250 million and committed $1 billion to five seasons of a new show, making it the most expensive television production of all time.

Little is known about the series so far, beyond the release of a teaser image in August 2021. However, it is believed that the show takes place during the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The first season completed filming in New Zealand in 2021, with the second scheduled to start shooting in 2022 after the production relocates to the UK.

Votes:801,526|Gross:It is expected to arrive on Amazon Prime on September 22, 2022, otherwise known as Hobbit Day.


“The Lord of the Rings” film franchise pulled a ‘Star Wars’ when it released “The Hobbit” trilogy.

Tolkien wrote “The Hobbit” 17 years before he released “The Lord of The Rings.”.
In terms of the films, director Peter Jackson and producer Fran Walsh originally expressed their interest in filming “The Hobbit “in 1995.

Troubles with production rights, however, kept Jackson from adapting Tolkien’s first three books. Instead, he directed “The Lord of the Rings,” which was produced by New Line Cinema.

The move was in favor of Jackson and Walsh’s career since all three Lord of the Rings films were box-office hits.

Votes:640,812|Gross:The final film in the trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” bagged 11 Academy Awards, which included Best Picture and Best Director for Jackson.

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In September 2006, the new management of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer expressed their interest in partnering with Jackson and New Line Cinema to create “The Hobbit.” But it took six years of disputes, production troubles and lawsuits before everyone got their act together and released the first Hobbit film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”.

After the last Hobbit film, the entire trilogy made $2.91 billion on a $765 million budget.
Despite being called an “artistic disappointment,” Bilbo Baggins and his friends were certified grand-slams on the domestic and worldwide stage.

Granted, not everyone’s a fan of spin-offs or unexpected film prequels. Plus, there’s the issue with how Jackson directed “The Hobbit” films.

But in retrospect, the LOTR prequels can be amusing and entertaining. So, if you’re a LOTR fan who is hesitant about watching “The Hobbit,” a Hobbit anti-fan reconsidering your film opinions or just not familiar with who Gandalf even is, here’s why you should watch and enjoy The Hobbit:.

It’s shorter than the original trilogy. The shortest film in the LOTR franchise is two hours, 58 minutes.