"One man cast a lingering spell of awe and wonder, of magical innocence overcoming evil, of simple courage conquoring fear -- he will give us the legend that will live forever in our minds."

Come to the Middle Earth, a world beyond the furthest reaches of your imagination where you meet Ferdo the hobbit, Gandalf the wizard, and the evil Sauron. Fredo's immortal quest, his grand adventures along the road to Morder, the extraordinary landscape of Middle Earth, they're all here in an exquisite feature animated fantasy for viewers of all ages.

NOTE: Don't let the "all ages" thing fool you; there's animated blood in this film, and the movie was rated PG before the PG-13 rating even existed.


Character's name Portrayed by Sonic counterpart
Frodo Christopher Guard Sonic
Gandalf William Squire Uncle Chuck
Sam Michael Scholes Knuckles
Aragorn John Hurt
Saruman Fraser Kerr Dr. Eggman
Saruman Fraser Kerr Dr. Eggman

In Other LanguagesEdit

Language Title
French Le Seigneur des Anneaux
Spanish El Señor de los Anillos
Portuguese O Senhor dos Anéis
Japanese 指輪物語
Chinese 指環王
Korean 반지의 제왕
Thai ศึกชิงแหวนวิเศษ

Release timelineEdit

Format Country of origin Date
Original theatrical USA November 15, 1978
VHS USA November 3, 1993
DVD USA September 11, 2001
Blu-ray Disc USA April 6, 2010

Television broadcastsEdit

The Lord of the Rings once aired on TCM on March 25, 2016.

Home video releasesEdit

The Lord of the Rings was actually distributed by Fantasy Films instead of Warner Bros. in its theatrical release in 1978. The first home video was distributed by Thron-EMI Video in 1982, and went on sale until the company sold some of its assets to Republic Pictures Home Video in 1985, and the video was re-released by that company in 1993. It lasted through about 1997, when Republic Pictures Home Video became defunct.

In 2001, Warner Home Video released The Lord of the Rings for the first time on DVD and the last time on VHS, at prices of $19.98 and $14.95, respectively. The DVD was discounted to $12.98 in 2004, deflating the film's 2001 price by 39%. It remained in stores through 2006.

Here, the film is presented in a 16:9 anamorphic widescreen format, with English (Dolby Surround) and French (monaural) audio tracks, and subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Thai or Korean.

Today, the film is valued at $14.99 in 1080p HD format, which is 46% less than the 2001 price.


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