The Lord of the Rings is a film series of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson, based on the novel of the same name by J.R.R. Tolkien. The films are titled The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003).
The Fellowship of the Ring follows the journey of hobbit Frodo Baggins as he sets out to destroy the One Ring, a powerful and evil artifact created by the Dark Lord Sauron to enable him to conquer and enslave the inhabitants of Middle-earth. Along the way, Frodo is accompanied by his loyal gardener Samwise Gamgee and two other hobbits, Merry Brandybuck and Pippin Took, as well as the wizard Gandalf, the man Aragorn, and the elves Legolas and Gimli.
The Two Towers continues the story of Frodo and Sam's journey towards Mordor, while Merry and Pippin are captured by orcs and held captive by the enemy. The Return of the King concludes the story with the hobbits' reunion and their final confrontation with Sauron in the Battle of the Black Gate.
The films were critically acclaimed and were a commercial success, with all three films in the series winning numerous awards, including 17 Academy Awards. The films are known for their high production values, including elaborate sets, special effects, and costume design. The performances of the cast, particularly those of Elijah Wood as Frodo, Sean Astin as Sam, and Ian McKellen as Gandalf, were also praised.
Overall, The Lord of the Rings film series is a faithful and visually stunning adaptation of the novel, and is widely considered one of the greatest fantasy film series of all time.