What’s on the Lord of the Rings Timeline?
This is the unofficial Lord of the Rings timeline for the films and film tie-in material, such as video games like Shadows of Mordor. The rights to create tie-in materials like video games for Lord of the Rings used to be rather limited. The rights for the books and films were separate, so Warner Brothers could only make games based on the films and only on the films. Thankfully, the rights were consolidated and other tie-in works can be made based on the books or pieces of the books that didn’t appear in the films.
This timeline does not include the Lord of the Rings books. If you want a timeline that includes the books or something that places the Lord of the Rings chapters in chronological order, I recommend checking out our Lord of the Rings reading order.
|1||Hobbit||Buy||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Film||Peter Jackson||2012|
|2||Hobbit||Buy||The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug||Film||Peter Jackson||2013|
|3||Hobbit||Buy||The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies||Film||Peter Jackson||2014|
|4||Shadows of Mordor||Buy||Shadows of Modor||Game||WB Interactive||2014|
|5||LOTR||Buy||The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring||Film||Peter Jackson||2001|
|6||LOTR||Buy||The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||Film||Peter Jackson||2002|
|7||LOTR||Buy||The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||Game||EA||2002||An adaptation of the films Fellowship of the Rings, and The Two Towers|
|8||LOTR||Buy||The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King||Film||Peter Jackson||2003|
|9||LOTR||Buy||The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King||Game||EA||2003||An adaptation of the film Return of the King|
|10||War in the North||Buy||Battle for Middle-Earth||Game||EA||2004|
|11||War in the North||Buy||Battle for Middle-Earth II||Game||EA||2005||Covers the War in the North during the films.|
|12||War in the North||Buy||War in the North||Game||WB Interactive||2011||Also covers the War in the North during the films|
|13||Post-LOTR||Buy||Aragorn's Quest||Game||WB Interactive||2010||The frame story takes place 15 years after ROTK.|