Netflix have announced the Lord of the Rings trilogy is now available on their streaming service.
Looks like it’s time to get ready for some seriously time-consuming binging, because the whole 11 hours, 22 minutes of the Hobbit and wizard-filled adventures are now available for us to enjoy from the comfort of our sofas/beds.
The company initially announced the trilogy was coming 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 the 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 David’s suggestion above 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.
The clocks have gone back, Halloween is over, and we’re in a a bit of a limbo period where it’s not quite the festive season.
So what better time than the present to start binging on all these films? It’s the perfect excuse to get caught up in an adventure with Frodo and the gang.
Netflix confirmed the news on their Twitter account today, writing:
the Lord of the Rings trilogy is now streaming (if you have a spare 9/10 hours) [sic]
Hmmmm extended edition or not though?
the Lord of the Rings trilogy is now streaming (if you have a spare 9/10 hours) https://t.co/lHwmregKSL
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) November 1, 2018
The movies will keep us occupied while we wait for Amazon to bring Tolkein’s adventures to the small screen, after the company confirmed a new TV series based on J.R.R’s writing 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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