Almost twenty years have passed since the Lord of the Rings trilogy was released on cinemas, and it still wears the crown as one of the most epic and ambitious film productions in history.
But the burning question is, can you watch it on Netflix?
In this guide I’ll be showing which countries you can watch it in and what to do if it’s not available in your region.
The three movies, which follow each of the books written by J.R.R. Tolkien, were directed by Peter Jackson in a co-production between New Zealand and the US, and like the books, they have become into a reference for the high fantasy genre.
So, what happens if we want to visit the Middle Earth now from our devices through a streaming service?
Where can we find them? Keep reading this article to find out the answer!
Does Netflix have Lord of the Rings?
Yes, it’s available, but the sad news is it’s only in a few countries.
If you live in the UK or France, for example, you won’t find the trilogy in the Netflix catalogue at all.
Then, something weird happens, if you live in the US, you’ll find The Two Towers and The Return of the King, but The Fellowship of the Ring is missing.
In Latin America countries like Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil something similar happens, but it’s The Two Towers that is missing.
Only a few countries have the complete trilogy to be enjoyed on Netflix. Below I’ll show you how to unblock them all and watch in any country.
What regions is it available in?
Canada is lucky enough to have the complete trilogy available on Netflix.
In any of these countries, you’ll find all three movies available with English audio and subtitles.
In the next section, I’ll tell you how you can unblock these countries using your Netflix account, so that you can stream the Lord of the Rings anywhere without any issues.
How to unblock LOTR on Netflix
If you live outside any of the countries mentioned in the previous section, you’ll need to unblock another region of Netflix to access them and watch.
The way to do it is by using the ExpressVPN app, which can unlock other Netflix regions and allows you to watch them as if you were living in those countries.
A VPN is a security tool mostly used to preserve user privacy online and protect the internet connection from hackers, spyware and any other treats.
Since the VPN works hiding the user’s actual location with another one, this allows you to unblock media content that is not available where you live.
The best news is, you don’t even need a new Netflix account, you can use your regular account details on any region.
So, how can you configure it to see LotR? Easy, by following these steps, you’ll have everything set in a couple of minutes!
Go to the ExpressVPN website and chose the plan you prefer.
Keep in mind that the yearly package is always more convenient for your budget – but the choice is yours.
Create your account to subscribe to the service using your email address and choosing the payment method of your preference.
Get the app from the Products section where you’ll find all the versions available for all kind of devices and OS.
You can also get the app from your regular app store if you’re using an Android or Apple iOS mobile device.
Log in with the account credentials you created in Step 2.
Now the app is open click the three dots ‘…‘ next to Selected Location. Then type ‘Canada’ and click on it (or one of the other countries listed earlier where all the movies are available).
Now visit the Netflix website or use their app where you’ll be able to stream the entire trilogy of films.
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What about The Hobbit?
The Hobbit is the trilogy prequel to LotR based on the book of the same name by J.R.R. Tolkien and also directed by Peter Jackson.
The movie follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who sees himself involved in a great journey along with a group of dwarves. Along the way, he will meet a strange creature who possesses a special ring.
For the time being, only the first movie is on Netflix, and it’s only available in the UK.
If you want to watch it, you need to access Netflix selecting a UK server in the ExpressVPN app.
What’s LOTR about?
The LotR is based on the book trilogy of the same name written by English author J.R.R. Tolkien. The story works as a sequel to The Hobbit novel and became something huge that Tolkien wrote in stages and split into three books.
The movie adaptation follows the same path, and it was split into three movies which adapted each one of the books.
The Fellowship of the Ring
Three hobbits see themselves involved in a great adventure when one of them, Frodo, inherits a ring from his uncle Bilbo.
With the help of Gandalf the Grey, a powerful wizard, they find out the ring was forged thousands of years before by the Dark Lord Sauron to control the Middle Earth.
Now, they must join forces with the elves, the men, and the dwarves to deliver the One Ring to the Mount Doom to be destroyed.
The fellowship has nine members: four hobbits: Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin; two men: Aragorn and Boromir; one elf: Legolas; one wizard: Gandalf; and one dwarf: Gimli.
The Two Towers
The group is split. Frodo and his friend Sam meet Gollum, a strange creature who was the former owner of the One Ring. They decided to use Gollum as a guide in Mordor to reach the Mount Doom.
While Aragorn’s group fights Sauron’s new ally Saruman, a powerful wizard commanding an army of Uruk-hai.
Merry and Pippin get separated from the group, and they met the Ents, tree-like creatures who don’t want to get involved in the war.
Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli reach Rohan where they find out its king is under Saruman’s control. They fight a big battle to set Rohan free and gain new allies.
The Return of the King
The war between good and evil to control the Middle Earth has reached its highest point.
Frodo and Sam continue their way to Mount Doom guided by Gollum to destroy the One Ring.
While Aragorn and Gandalf fight Sauron and his evil army in an attempt to distract him from the One Ring and save the Middle Earth from its dark fate.
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Who stars in LOTR?
LotR features an ensemble cast full of big names coming mostly from the US, England and Australia.
- Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
- Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn
- Sean Bean as Boromir
- Dominic Monaghan as Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck
- Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee
- Ian McKellen as Gandalf
- John Rhys-Davies as Gimli
- Orlando Bloom as Legolas
- Billy Boyd as Peregrin “Pippin” Took
- Liv Tyler as Arwen
- Hugo Weaving as Elrond
- Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
- Andy Serkis as Gollum
- Christopher Lee as Saruman
A Brief Summary
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is available on Netflix but only in a few countries. If you live in the UK or some other European countries, you won’t find it in your Netflix catalogue.
Thankfully, there is a way to fix this, and it’s unlocking the regions where it’s available by using a VPN app.
With ExpressVPN, you can connect to the regions where LotR is available entirely like Canada, and enjoy it without worries.
Sign up for ExpressVPN, download their app, connect to Canada and start enjoying one of the most epic movie sagas ever made in your country.