Is the ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy available on Netflix?

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Lord of the Rings is one of the greatest movie trilogies in the history of cinema and as a result, millions of Netflixers go searching on Netflix to rewatch all three of the Lord of the Rings movies. The Fellowship of the Ring is back on Netflix for the second time in 2018, here’s whether the rest will be available and how long the fellowship will be available for. 

It’s now been sixteen years since Fellowship of the Ring landed on our screens and the other two films following shortly thereafter. The adaptation of the JRR Tolkien books by Peter Jackson was incredible. The adaptations are regarded as some of the best and feature some fantastic talent, set pieces and possibly the best soundtrack ever recorded.

The movie franchise is a prequel to The Hobbit trilogy and focuses on Frodo Baggins who has to carry Sauron’s ring to Mordor to destroy it.

If you’re aware of how licensing works on Netflix you’ll know that Netflix has to pay over money to the studio holders to get the rights to stream content. As you can imagine, streaming movies isn’t cheap and in particular, popular movies get very pricey. That’s why when Netflix does get big budget popular movies, they don’t stay on for long.


Lord of the Rings History on Netflix US

The first movie has already appeared on Netflix US twice this year. It first rocked up in January before being removed a couple of months later. It was added again to Netflix on August 1st, 2018. Sadly, only the first movie is on Netflix. As we explained just recently, the rights to the second and third movie have recently moved from Hulu to Starz.

In January 2019, the first movie is due to leave Netflix US leaving Netflix with no Lord of the Rings movies.

Hulu was the recipient of all three of the Lord of the Rings movies as of May 2018 and remains the only place to watch the movies in succession currently.


Netflix UK Streams All Three Movies

All three movies were added to Netflix UK in November 2018. It secured the licenses from Sky who had held them for multiple years before. It’s one of the few English speaking regions with one movie let alone all three.


Where is Lord of the Rings on Netflix?

Some regions of Netflix are streaming the trilogy of movies. Here’s a breakdown of which region is streaming each movie.

  • Fellowship of the Ring can be found on Netflix in Argentina, Brazil, Poland, India and Spain.
  • The Two Towers can be found on Netflix in Canada, Argentina, Brazil, India and Spain.
  • The Return of the King can also be found in Canada, Argentina, Brazil, India and Spain.

What about the TV Series?

You may have heard over the past few months that Netflix was in the running to be one of the providers looking to create a new TV series around the books. Sadly for Netflix, they lost out to Amazon who reportedly paid a billion dollars to secure the rights. This could have consequences with Netflix too meaning that Amazon will more than likely have first dibs on the movies moving forward given they’ve now got a vested interest in the franchise.

Unfortunately, without Game of Thrones on Netflix either, Netflix is pretty light when it comes to action series set in a fantasy world.

Are you sad that LoTR isn’t on Netflix in your region? Let us know in the comments.

Kasey Moore

Kasey Moore is the founder and editor-in-chief of What's on Netflix. Kasey launched the site in 2013 after growing frustration with finding content on Netflix. He has an in depth understanding of the release cycles for Netflix and has developed tools to make navigating Netflix easier. Resides in Norwich in the UK.