Modern movies in the vein of LOTR: set in imaginary worlds and defined by the epic scale of their storyline and characters. Be warned the path from here to LARPing may be deceptively short and comfortable.
Experience the miracle of imagination on the big-screen with such multi-million dollar fantasy franchises as 'Chronicles of Narnia' and 'Harry Potter'. Will have you sprinting into train-station walls at full pelt!
From the decade that witnessed 'Lord of the Rings - Return of the King' scoop up all its 11 academy award nominations, enjoyed our comprehensive selection of all Oscar Best Picture Nominees 2000 - 2009.
Relatively self-explanatory. All movies featuring Orlando Bloom brandishing a sword, including 'LOTR', 'Kingdom of Heaven', and 'Troy'. And yes, to preempt all you ill-informed pedants out there, Legolas does use a sword in some battle-scenes, not just his bow.
If you think 'LOTR' is all Peter Jackson's done, think again. Let this collection introduce you to 1993 horror-comedy cult classic 'Dead Alive', surrealist masterpiece 'Meet the Feebles', and the simply indescribable 'Bad Taste'. The only question you'll be asking after checking out the maestro's early work is, 'why the hell did they bet on THIS horse?'.
People who though Mortensen's career had peaked with LOTR were in for a pleasant surprise when he came out with 'A History of Violence' in 2005 and 'Eastern Promises' two years later. Fun fact: Old Viggo is also an accomplished painter, musician, and poet!
YOU SHALL NOT PASS…. up the opportunity to check out this complete collection of Sir Ian McKellen's leading roles. Although our generation know him from a variety of venerable, silver-haired roles, make sure to check out a young Ian in films like 'Macbeth' (1979), 'David Copperfield' (1982), and 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' (1982). Gandalf was a stud!
If you haven't seen 'Green Street' or 'LOTR' yet we recommend you watch the former first and the latter second, as it does feel a little odd seeing Wood pummel his way around East London after having been introduced to him as a tousle-headed, emotionally fragile half-man. Other than that, make sure to check out his role as a Church sanctioned cannibal in 'Sin City'. Creepy!