In an age where streaming services and online buy and rental services are booming, you’d think finding any content you want to watch would be a piece of cake. Sometimes it is, but other times you’re thwarted by regional restrictions. Read on to find out how and where to watch Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies from anywhere.
Key Takeaways: How to Watch Lord of the Rings
- You can watch The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies on Max, or Amazon Prime Video U.S. or Canada.
- If you’re outside of the U.S., Canada or a country where Max is available, you can connect to a VPN to stream The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies on Amazon Prime Video or Max.
- We recommend ExpressVPN for streaming. NordVPN is another great choice, and Proton VPN is the best free VPN for streaming The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies.
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TheLord of the Rings trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson and distributed by New Line Cinema, has had a profound impact on both cinematic and popular culture. The series stars Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins. The star-studded cast also includes Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett and Viggo Mortensen, among many others. Dark Lord Sauron has been played by various actors, including Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies are available on a variety of streaming services worldwide, but not every platform has them and not every platform is available everywhere. To get around this, you can use a reputable VPN service like ExpressVPN. We’ll show you how that works further down.
Where to Watch Lord of the Rings Online
There are three The Lord of the Rings movies — The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003).
The three The Lord of the Rings movies are available to watch with a Prime subscription in the U.S. and Canada at no additional cost. If you’re outside the U.S. or Canada, you can connect to a U.S. or Canadian server on a VPN to access the U.S. or Canadian Amazon Prime Video library and stream the LOTR trilogy. Stay tuned to find out how to do that further down.
Alternatively, you can watch The Lord of the Rings trilogy series with a Max subscription. Unfortunately,Max isn’t available in every country yet, but if you have an account, you can still access it from anywhere with a VPN while traveling. Meanwhile, here’s a roundup of everywhere The Lord of the Rings is available and the countries these platforms are available in.
|Stream||Buy or Rent|
|Amazon Prime Video (U.S.)||Amazon Prime Video|
|Amazon Prime Video (Canada)||Vudu (U.S.)|
|Amazon Prime Video (France)*||iTunes|
|Max (Various locations)||Google Play|
|Now TV (U.K.)||YouTube Movies & TV|
How to Watch The Hobbit Trilogy: Watch The Lord of the Rings Prequels
There are three movies in The Hobbit series — An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). These stories take place prior to the events of The Lord of the Rings. If you’re hoping to go the whole hog, here’s where you can watch the prequel trilogy:
|Stream||Buy or Rent|
|Amazon Prime Video (U.S.)||Amazon Prime Video|
|Amazon Prime Video (France)||Vudu (U.S.)|
|Amazon Prime Video (Canada)||Google Play|
|Max (various locations)||YouTube Movies & TV|
Where Can I Watch The Lord of the Rings for Free?
There are a couple of ways you can watch The Lord of the Rings for free. One option is to sign up for a free trial with Amazon Prime Video and watch the movies on Amazon Prime Video U.S. or Canada (with a VPN free trial if you’re abroad).
Alternatively, you can sign up for a free trial with Hulu if you’re in the U.S., then add on Max. The Hulu with Max package offers you a seven-day free trial.
How to Watch The Lord of the Rings Trilogy With a VPN
The below steps show you how to watch The Lord of the Rings on Amazon Prime Video U.S. from anywhere in the world. You can also use this method to access your Max account and other streaming services and libraries. For this tutorial, we’ll be using ExpressVPN, our top recommendation for streaming. We’ll share more VPN options further down.
You’ll need an Amazon Prime Video account for these steps to work.
- Get a VPN
Go to a reputable VPN’s website and sign up for a plan. ExpressVPN’s plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, as do those of many other providers.
- Download Your VPN
Go to “download VPN” at the top of the page, choose the device you use, then click “download app.” Finally, click “download” on the next page. These steps may differ slightly depending on the VPN you choose.
- Connect to a US Server
Open your VPN app and connect to a U.S. server.
- Go to Amazon Prime Video US
Go to Amazon Prime Video’s U.S. page, sign in and search for The Lord of the Rings. Click “watch now” to start streaming.
The 3 Best VPNs for Watching The Lord of the Rings
If you’re impressed by what a VPN can offer you in terms of security and streaming freedom, and are ready to explore your options, here are our top three recommendations.
- Unlocks streaming services
- Great speeds
- Very user-friendly
It’s only fitting that we start with the service we consider the best of the best. ExpressVPN is our number one recommendation for streaming because it’s 100% secure, fast and consistent speed-wise, and makes it seem like geoblocks just don’t exist. It’s also really easy for beginners to use, so you won’t have to waste precious time finding your way around the apps.
In short, if you’re looking for a service that will get you into Amazon Prime Video, Max, Netflix and many more streaming services with no hassle, you can’t go wrong with ExpressVPN. No VPN is perfect, though — ExpressVPN doesn’t come cheap. It’s best to go with the yearly plan, as the monthly plan will cost you more in the long run.
Find out more in our full ExpressVPN review. You can also try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days with its money-back guarantee.
- Excellent speeds
- Easy-to-use desktop app
- Unlocks streaming apps
- Awkward mobile app
NordVPN is the fastest VPN of all those we test on a daily basis. This is a major plus for streamers, as buffering and lag can put a real dampener on your experience. It’s also very consistent at getting around geoblocks on streaming services and makes it easy to change servers in a single click with its well-designed desktop interface.
There isn’t much separating NordVPN and ExpressVPN in terms of streaming performance. NordVPN misses out on the top spot by a hair in this case because its mobile app isn’t as easy to use as ExpressVPN’s. Other than that, you can expect a smooth streaming experience with this provider.
Find out more in our NordVPN review, and try NordVPN for yourself with its 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Unlimited GB
- Unlimited GB
3. Proton VPN
- Free plan with unlimited data
- Easy to use
- Decent speeds
- Only 3 free server countries
Consider giving Proton VPN a whirl if you’d like to pair an Amazon Prime Video free trial with a free VPN. Proton VPN’s free plan gives you access to servers in three countries — the U.S., Japan and the Netherlands. You have unlimited data on the free plan, making Proton VPN a good choice for streaming as often as you’d like on Amazon Prime Video U.S.
Though Proton VPN can’t match the top two providers speed-wise, its performance in this area is still good enough for us to recommend it for streaming. On the downside, you may find only having free servers in three countries limiting. To get full access, you’ll need to sign up for a paid plan — and Proton VPN’s paid plans are a bit pricey. Check out our Proton VPN review for more.
Whether you plan to join Frodo and co. on their quest to destroy the One Ring, or Bilbo Baggins on his early escapades, we hope our guide has helped you find The Lord of the Rings movies you’re looking for.
Now that you know how to watch The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, read our guides to learn how to watch Citizen Kane, where to watch Princess Mononoke and how to watch The Dark Night movies.
Have you tried using a VPN to access Amazon Prime Video U.S., Max or another streaming service from abroad? What was your experience like? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments and thanks for stopping by.