The Lord of the Rings timeline art. Featuring the eye of Sauron.

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 likeĀ 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 andĀ 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.

1HobbitBuyThe Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyFilmPeter Jackson2012
2HobbitBuyThe Hobbit: Desolation of SmaugFilmPeter Jackson2013
3HobbitBuyThe Hobbit: Battle of Five ArmiesFilmPeter Jackson2014
4Shadows of MordorBuyShadows of ModorGameWB Interactive2014
5LOTRBuyThe Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the RingFilmPeter Jackson2001
6LOTRBuyThe Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersFilmPeter Jackson2002
7LOTRBuyThe Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersGameEA2002An adaptation of the films Fellowship of the Rings, and The Two Towers
8LOTRBuyThe Lord of the Rings: Return of the KingFilmPeter Jackson2003
9LOTRBuyThe Lord of the Rings: Return of the KingGameEA2003An adaptation of the film Return of the King
10War in the NorthBuyBattle for Middle-EarthGameEA2004
11War in the NorthBuyBattle for Middle-Earth IIGameEA2005Covers the War in the North during the films.
12War in the NorthBuyWar in the NorthGameWB Interactive2011Also covers the War in the North during the films
13Post-LOTRBuyAragorn's QuestGameWB Interactive2010The frame story takes place 15 years after ROTK.