The Lord of the Rings is a movie trilogy directed by Peter Jackson that is based on the books of the same name written by J.R.R. Tolkien. The films are The Fellowship of the Ring which was released in 2001, The Two Towers which was released in 2002 and The Return of the King which was released in 2003. While the films follow the book's general storyline, they do omit some of the plot elements from the novels and include some additions to and other deviations from the source material.
The three films, set in fiction Middle-earth, follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and ensure the destruction of its maker, Sauron. The Fellowship becomes divided and Frodo continues the quest with the help of his loyal friend Sam and the deceitful Gollum. Meanwhile, Aragorn, heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, and the wizard Gandalf unite and rally the Free Peoples of Middle-earth, who become victorious in the War of the Ring.