Netflix have announced the Lord of the Rings Trilogy is coming to the streaming service on November 1.
Get ready for some seriously time-consuming binging, because if our code-reading skills are correct, the whole 11 hours, 22 minutes of the hobbit and wizard-filled adventures will be available in less than a week’s time.
I say ‘code-reading skills’, because the company announced the news in a way which possibly took even more planning than Bilbo Baggins’ 111th birthday party. Okay, well maybe not that much planning, but still.
Take a look at their tweet below:
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) October 24, 2018
Any non-LOTR fan probably wouldn’t have a clue what the tweet was about. A wizard’s family has a proposal then they all visit a tower twice before, returning to be crowned king?
Netflix did actually lose a few people through their use of emojis, with one confused Twitter user writing:
A wizard and his eight friends take a ring to Tokyo (Twice?) take a right turn and one becomes a king? [sic]
A wizard and his eight friends take a ring to Tokoyo (Twice?) take a right turn and one becomes a king?
— David Hollingsworth (@DavidrHolly) October 24, 2018
While that might be an interesting film plot, the emojis of course actually refer to the fantasy trilogy, namely The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.
Luckily, most people understood the reference and were quick to share their delight through pictures of their own – mostly Gandalf GIFs.
One excited fan wrote:
Lord of the Rings coming to Netflix – yesssss..!!! [sic]
So we are getting LOTR's trilogy ?? Nice !
— Mark Watwood (@MarkWatwood) October 24, 2018
While another simply posted the following:
The trilogy comes just at the right time, as with the clocks going back in the UK this weekend, the dark and miserable evenings will be the perfect excuse to get caught up in an adventure with Frodo and the gang.
The movies will keep us occupied while we wait for Amazon to bring Tolkein’s adventures to the small screen, after the company confirmed the new TV series back in May.
— TheOneRing.net (@theoneringnet) May 16, 2018
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon beat Netflix in a battle for the rights to guarantee a five-season commitment of the adaptation, which will start with a story centred around a young Aragorn.
Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series at Amazon Studios, said in a statement:
The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen.
We are honoured to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.
Digital Spy report we’ll probably have to wait until 2021 for the TV series, but at least you can now watch the movies whenever you get a LOTR craving!
With the way you’ll be guarding the TV remote from anyone trying to watch anything other than LOTR on Netflix, you’ll finally know how Gollum felt as he tried to keep hold of his precious ring.
Plus, you can embody one of the hungry hobbits and eat constantly as you make your way through the trilogy.
There’s our November plans sorted!
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.