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The Return of the King (1980) (TV Movie)
Both based on J. R. R. Tolkien's novel.
Hobitit (1993) (TV Mini-Series)
Both based on J. R. R. Tolkien's novel.

Edited from 

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Scenes from first film incorporated into flashback scenes

Edited into 


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) (Video Game)
the video game version of the movie
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (2004) (Video Game)
Video game adaptation
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (2004) (Video Game)
This is a game based on the Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest (2009) (Video Game)
Video game adaptation.
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest (2010) (Video Game)
Video game adaptation.
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (2011) (Video Game)
Set in the world of The Lord of the Rings movies.
Shadow of Mordor (2014) (Short)
Features characters and designs from the film series.


Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
The siege towers, especially the attack ramps which are used to clamp on to the walls, and their movement up to the walls
The Third Man (1949)
Samwise's shadow preceding him up the stairs when he rescues Frodo
Vertigo (1958)
The famous 'vertigo' reverse-tracking shot is used
Psycho (1960)
Characters that "wouldn't hurt a fly" in both films.
Robin Hood (1973)
Pippin takes the ball of Saruman away from Gandalf in the very same manner as Robin Hood steals away the last bag of coins from Prince John in Disney's Robin Hood
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The elephant battle scenes were strikingly similar to the Hoth At-At battles. An elephant is brought down by Legolas, much in the same way that Luke Skywalker brought down the Imperial walker.
The Elephant Man (1980)
The head of Gothmog, the Leader of the Orcs during the Siege of Gondor, was partly derived from the head of Joseph Merrick.
Gallipoli (1981)
Faramir's suicidal horseback charge.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Shot of Frodo becoming semi conscious as the eagle carries him from Mount Doom is the same shot as when Max becomes semi-conscious as the Gyro Captain flies him to safety after he is nearly killed.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
Theoden and Eowyn exchange lines almost exactly like Luke and Anakin: "I'm going to save you" "You already have."
The Terminator (1984)
Just before the seige upon Minas Tirith, Pippin cribs the line "a storm is coming". This is slightly different to its equivalent in "The Terminator" ("There's a storm coming") but in very similar circumstances: an actual storm *is* coming, and so is a genocidal war, waged by engineered / artificial beings (Terminators / Orcs), with the aim of bringing an end to the "age of men".
The Fly (1986)
Smegol's final transformation into Gollum in the opening flashback.
Bad Taste (1987)
The Orc captain's head is shaped like the alien's in Bad Taste, an early Peter Jackson film.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Frodo hangs on the edge of doom like Indy does in the last crusade while a rescuer asks for his hand
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Gollum's descent into the lava pit
Dead Alive (1992)
The canyon used leading up to the Paths of the Dead was also used by Peter Jackson in Braindead.
Braveheart (1995)
Theoden's and Aragorn's speeches before battles similar to William Wallace's speech before battle

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South Park: The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers (2002) (TV Episode)
The episode name is a mish-mash of the titles of all 3 Lord of the Rings movies. "The Return of" comes from this film, "The Fellowship" comes from the 1st film and "The Two Towers" comes from the 2nd film.
Queer as Folk: Poster May Lead to the Truth (2003) (TV Episode)
The films are mentioned.
The Battle for Helm's Deep Is Over... (2003) (Video)
Peter Jackson says it his favorite movie during its production
Året i Kongehuset 2003 (2003) (TV Special)
the Royal Family attends the premiere of film
Will & Grace: Ice Cream Balls (2004) (TV Episode)
Will's client Stuart references the Lord of the Rings movies.
Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Kelis (2004) (TV Episode)
Referenced in Spy Glass
Everwood: The L Word (2004) (TV Episode)
Ephram discusses "The Lord of the Rings" movies with Bright.
Saturday Night Live: Colin Firth/Norah Jones (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
Dream Team: Return of the King (2004) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes (2004)
"I just got the new Lord of the Rings boxset."
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories Popcorn Taxi Q&A with Rolf de Heer & Hugo Weaving (2004) (Video)
'The Lord of the Rings' film series titles are referred to in relation to actor Hugo Weaving.
Mogelpackung Mann (2004) (TV Movie)
Azzurro visits this movie in a cinema.
Raise Your Voice (2004)
In Raise Your Voice, there's a LOTR:ROTK poster in Paul's room.
Fellowship 9/11 (2004) (Short)
the film applies Michael Moore's documentary style to the plot of the "Lord of the Rings" films
Drawn Together: Hot Tub (2004) (TV Episode)
The volcano climax was parodied in the preview ending of the episode.
Fear of Clowns (2004) (Video)
poster in movie theater
Veronica Mars: Return of the Kane (2004) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2004) (TV Special)
Referenced by name
Subdivision, Colorado (2004)
The story's characters are guided by an evil, magical arrowhead (similar to the One Ring) and must destroy it to survive.
Meet Bob Shaye (2004) (Video)
Ringers: Lord of the Fans (2005)
this is a documentary that is about fans of LOTR and the Peter Jackson movie trilogy
Film Geek (2005)
Title of this film appears on screen. Also, video case is shown in a video store.
Inside Deep Throat (2005)
A big advertisement for it is shown.
Saturday Night Live: Paris Hilton/Keane (2005) (TV Episode)
Referenced in Exclusive Connections
Transamerica (2005)
Toby is expaining the gay aspects of the 3rd LOTR movie during the beginning of the cross country car trip
Comic Relief Does University Challenge (2005) (TV Special)
Reference to the "Lord of the Rings" films
Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05 (2005) (TV Special)
Mentions the Lord of the Rings trilogy
Antibodies (2005)
When Martens is dying he says with a feverish voice "mein böser Schatz" in the same way Gollum says "precious" or "mein schatz" german dubbed version.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) : "Don't worry, I saw Lord of the Rings. I'm not going to end this 17 times."
Entourage: Aquamansion (2005) (TV Episode)
mentioned that the LOTR movies were shot back-to-back
GamerZ (2005)
Lennie says he saw the 'Lord of the Rings' (trilogy) on acid
Stargate: Atlantis: Critical Mass (2005) (TV Episode)
The method they're going to use to contact the Daedalus is compared with the scene where the torches from Gondor are lit, in order to ask Rohan from help
The 100 Greatest Family Films (2005) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about in detail.
Don't Panic About Christmas Shopping (2005) (TV Movie)
Reference to the trilogy
Conan: The Rise of a Fantasy Legend (2005) (Video)
This movie gets mentioned.
Long-Term Relationship (2006)
Lord of the Rings Extended Edition DVD box set is discussed
The Boondocks: Return of the King (2006) (TV Episode)
the episode title references the film
Stargate SG-1: Arthur's Mantle (2006) (TV Episode)
The technique Mitchell uses to locate Volnek while one of them is invisible mirrors the technique used by Frodo to find an invisible Gollum.
The Office: Dwight's Speech (2006) (TV Episode)
Dwight's line
Footballers' Wives: Episode #5.3 (2006) (TV Episode)
Shannon compares Callum's mother to Gollum.
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (2006) (Video Game)
Crow refers to Sam in Lord of the Rings when he tells Zoë about him being a sidekick and his membership in the Sidekicks Guild.
Bones: The Man in the Morgue (2006) (TV Episode)
Booth sarcastically describes the throwing of the ring into the fires of Mount Doom
The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)
The song from this movie was discussed.
Incubus (2006)
discussion about how the LOTR trilogy is a gay commentary
Clerks II (2006)
SW vs. LOTR discussion
Hilfe! Zu Hause sind die Teufel los: Fußball ist ihr Leben (2006) (TV Episode)
A room was built into a fairy tale forest, and the children have seen the trilogy
An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder (2006) (Video)
Kevin talks about the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #11.12 (2006) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Elijah Wood interview.
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2006) (TV Special)
Reference to Ian McKellan as Gandalf
Mosaic (2007) (Video)
mentioned in dialogue
Paragraph 78 (2007)
Poster seen at the entrance of the bar Festival escapes from.
Hellphone (2007)
(Spoiler) At the end, one of the characters says "Mon précieux" before dropping the hellphone container into the sea.
The Tattooist (2007)
"It's the 'Return of the King', like 'Lord of the Rings'" (lyrics)
Entourage: The Return of the King (2007) (TV Episode)
episode title reference
Slacker Uprising (2007)
Moore mentions the three Lord of the Rings films as great films.
The Boarding School: Ver para creer (2007) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Video case is shown.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.7 (2008) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $500 question
Entourage: Gotta Look Up to Get Down (2008) (TV Episode)
mentioned that Peter Jackson wrote all three Lord of the Rings
Family Guy: Baby Not on Board (2008) (TV Episode)
Chris and his boss talk about the Lord of the Rings movies.
Frankie Boyle: Live (2008) (Video)
Frankie Boyle calls an audience member Frodo.
Troldspejlet: Episode #40.12 (2008) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions Christopher Lee's role as Saruman in his review of Scars of Dracula (1970)
Zombie Girl: The Movie (2009)
a still photograph is shown with Emily in front of an exhibition for the trilogy; Harry Knowles also mentions it
The Office: Prince Family Paper (2009) (TV Episode)
Dwight used the war of the ring as an analogy
Troldspejlet: Episode #41.3 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the Lord of the Rings film series in his review of Lord of the Rings: Conquest (2009) (VG)
Atop the Fourth Wall: Watchmen (2009) (TV Episode)
"It's like in Return of the King, the king doesn't return."
Nostalgia Critic: TGWTG Team Brawl, 1st Anniversary Video (2009) (TV Episode)
The Nostalgia Critic says that the series has "a bunch of midgets fighting each other"
Family Guy: Road to the Multiverse (2009) (TV Episode)
In the opening title, Brian is dressed as Frodo and Stewie is Gollum.
Borderlands (2009) (Video Game)
The Spiderant Helob refers to the giant spider Shelob from Return of the King
Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction (2009) (TV Special)
In his stand-up routine, Robin Williams imitates Gollum.
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics (2009) (TV Movie)
Steven Spielberg says that the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is an example of a modern epic
Dancing on Ice: Episode #5.4 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jason Gardiner references the film series twice.
Angels in New York: Episode #1.1 (2010) (TV Episode)
Marcus displays various Lord of the Rings figurines from his collection.
The Big Bang Theory: The Precious Fragmentation (2010) (TV Episode)
The guys believe the have an actual ring used in the movie.
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) (Video)
It is mentioned in a newspaper article.
America's Next Top Model: Hobbits vs. Models (2010) (TV Episode)
Lord of the Rings trilogy mentions as the models are introduced to Sarah McLeod while they are standing at the Shire
Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) (TV Episode)
DVD cover shown.
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Toy Story 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
Poster shown when Hewy discusses threequels
Death by Death II (2010) (Short)
In Death by Death II, there's a LOTR chess set.
Pair of Kings: Return of the Kings (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Love & Other Drugs (2010)
Josh says Farrah looks at his "dick like it's the eye of Sauron."
The Big Bang Theory: The Apology Insufficiency (2010) (TV Episode)
Sheldon mentions his LOTR trilogy blu-ray DVD set.
Special Collector's Edition: Titanic - 1ª Edición (2011) (TV Episode)
DVD mentioned
Raising Hope: The Cultish Personality (2011) (TV Episode)
Jimmy and the brother husbands talk about "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
Parks and Recreation: Fancy Party (2011) (TV Episode)
Tom asks Ben if he's going to take "a year-long walking tour of Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings.'"
Special Collector's Edition: ¿Quién puede matar a un niño? (2011) (TV Episode)
Appears on the list of DVD & Blu-Ray releases of April/May
Forget About It: Pirates of the Caribbean (2011) (TV Episode)
Panda says that Orlando Bloom plays "Pirate Legolas" in the Pirates of the Carribean movies
Conan: Dragonpuncher 3: The Punchening (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned while introducing Elija Wood
Conan: An Atheist Named Faith (2011) (TV Episode)
Conan mentions the Lord of the Rings films while introducing Liv Tyler
Bum Reviews: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
"Then there's a big action scene, like in Return of the King."
HBO First Look: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Andy Serkis.
Conan: And the Wind Whispered 'Balls' (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by James Franco while referencing WETA
Conan: The Murdering Murderer of Murdertown (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned and still shown while introducing and during interview with John Noble
The Big Bang Theory: The Russian Rocket Reaction (2011) (TV Episode)
Sheldon is disappointed that the comic book store doesn't have "'Lord of the Rings' weaponry."
Fry's Planet Word: The Power and the Glory (2011) (TV Episode)
Peter Jackson's films are discussed
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011)
The film is mentioned.
Hot Spots 2012 (2012) (TV Movie)
Scenery and tours of the area where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed are shown
Nostalgia Critic: Star Trek: Generations (2012) (TV Episode)
Critic is dismayed to learn he's used "every clip" from this movie as jokes
Conan: The Lonely Scent of a Lean Cuisine (2012) (TV Episode)
Bret McKenzie talks about appearing as an extra in two Lord of the Rings films as well as the Hobbit
Cinematic Excrement: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Smeghead brings up this film as an example of a great film that hits the 3 hour mark.
Rifftrax: Frankenstein Island (2012)
Bill: "Young Shelob and her fraternal twin, Helob."
Supernatural: The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo (2012) (TV Episode)
Charlie mentions 'the Eye of Sauron' and her co-worker mentions 'the Shire'
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Dune and Gloom (2012) (TV Episode)
Julie says she's seen The Lord of the Rings "like 40 times" (she means all three parts of the live-action movie).
Gossip Girl: The Return of the Ring (2012) (TV Episode)
Title reference (in everyday mentions, the movie is referred to simply as "The Return of the King" instead of the full title.)
Nostalgia Critic: To Boldly Flee: Part VII (2012) (TV Episode)
" For every two dozen Phantom Menaces, there is a Return of the King. "
Shameful Sequels: Hollow Man 2 (2012) (TV Episode)
"...which has more fake endings than Return of the King."
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Toxic Avenger (2012) (TV Episode)
James mentions how Toxic Avenger helped paved Peter Jackson's film career that lead him to direct the Lord of the Rings films.
RiffTrax Live: Birdemic - Shock and Terror (2012)
Bill upon seeing a bird is seen getting shot - "I was on my way to save Sam and Frodo"
Lego the Lord of the Rings: The Video Game (2012) (Video Game)
Galadriel's narration and dialogue from all three films are featured in the game.
General Hospital: Episode #1.12691 (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Face Off: Make It Reign (2013) (TV Episode)
Lord of the Rings films mentioned
Mad: Twilight: Breaking Down/GOllum ON (2013) (TV Episode)
Matthew Perry & the rest of the cast of Go On watch Gollum struggle to get his ring back during the climax of this movie.
Nostalgia Critic: To Boldly Flee: DVD (2013) (TV Episode)
"For every two dozen Phantom Menaces there was a Return of the King".
Supernatural: Goodbye Stranger (2013) (TV Episode)
Quoted by Dean
Dumb Movie Ways to Die (2013) (Short)
An example of a dumb way to die
Veep: Helsinki (2013) (TV Episode)
Kent mentions the Eye of Sauron and Mike asks him if he is comparing Selina to Gollum.
The Internship (2013)
Nick says that wrongly Australia is "'Lord of the Rings' country." Actually it was filmed in New Zealand.
Pastor Mike Online: Man of Steel Coming to a Church Near You! (2013) (TV Episode)
Mike mentions the Lord of the Rings movies.
The World's End (2013)
In the last scene of the film, when Gary says "They call me the King", he strikes the same pose as Aragorn in The Return of the King.
Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: 500th Video - Blu-Ray Collection!! (2013) (TV Episode)
Chris mentions it. Also, DVD is shown.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
After Clary takes out the cup from the card a demonic Madame Dorothea says stop in a simuliar way Gollum says precious after Frodo throws the ring in the lava pit
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.134 (2013) (TV Episode)
This movie is on Chuy's movie knowledge quiz.
Face Off: Dark Magic (2013) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
Honest Trailers: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2013) (TV Episode)
Quoted user is nammed 'lotrrotk'.
Troldspejlet: Troldspejlet julespecial (2013) (TV Episode)
Peter Jackson mentions the Lord of the Rings film trilogy
Anime Abandon: Lady Death: The Motion Picture (2014) (TV Episode)
"Lord of the Rings has less walking scenes, and that was three movies about walking!"
South Park: The Stick of Truth (2014) (Video Game)
New Kid's outfit when he becomes "King Douchebag" in warrior class resembles Aragorn's royal vestments.
Cougar Town: Too Good to Be True (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
Raising Hope: Man's Best Friend (2014) (TV Episode)
Burt suggests watching the DVD.
The Comix Scrutinizer: Bonk's First Impressions (2014) (TV Episode)
"I kept expecting The Return of the King to end with Frodo taking a mouth full of c..."
Storage Wars: The Return of the King of Montebello (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong with Birdemic: Shock & Terror (2014) (TV Episode)
"Here come those eagles again, probably here to save Gandalf from some tight jam".
MovieBerto: El señor de los anillos: El retorno del rey (2014) (TV Episode)
Discussed film of the episode
Studio C: Episode #4.8 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mallory is set up on a date with Gothmog.
Home Bound (2014) (Short)
DVD shown
Honest Game Trailers: Minecraft (2014) (TV Episode)
Minas Tirith mentioned
Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: Complete Blu-Ray Collection (2014) (TV Episode)
Chris mentions it. Also, DVD is shown.
My Weekly Bond: Subscriber Q&A Video! (2014) (TV Episode)
Cinematic Excrement: The Legend of Hercules (2014) (TV Episode)
"The Battle of Pelennor Fields this ain't."
JonTron: Are You Afraid of the Dark? Part 1 (2014) (TV Episode)
JonTron believes that the good doctor's home resembles the home of Bilbo Baggins.
A Night at the Movies: George Lucas and the World of Fantasy Cinema (2014) (TV Movie)
Poster shown; mentioned in discussion
Mom: Crazy Eyes and a Wet Brad Pitt (2014) (TV Episode)
When she receives her handmade napkin ring from Jill, she calls it "My precious!"
Cinematic Excrement: Birdemic: Five Year Anniversary Special (2014) (TV Episode)
"It's kind of like the musical equivalent of the end of Return of the King."
Film 2017: Episode dated 10 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
All critics refer to this movie when reviewing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
The Interview (2014)
While escaping Kim Jong-un's compund, Dave is told by Aaron that someone has bitten his fingers off, to which Dave replies: "That's just like Frodo".
Honest Trailers: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2014) (TV Episode)
Narrator notes that the characters are captured by spiders again
Total Riff Off: Man v. Monster (2014) (TV Episode)
"He was where he was standing in those shallow waters that he was attacked." Kevin: "It was his cousin Smegol demanding the 'precious'."
Best of the Worst: The Star Wars Holiday Special (2014) (TV Episode)
Jack alludes to it.
Nostalgia Critic: Mamma Mia! (2015) (TV Episode)
The Critic complains that "Mamma Mia" has more endings than "Return of the King"
Looking: Looking for Gordon Freeman (2015) (TV Episode)
James dresses as Legolas for the Halloween party.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Boyle-Linetti Wedding (2015) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
Veep: Election Night (2015) (TV Episode)
Tom refers to Matty Curtis as a "moon-faced hobbit".
Scream: The TV Series: Betrayed (2015) (TV Episode)
Noah, unable to destroy an SD card, says he feels like Frodo with the ring on Mount Doom.
The Big Bang Theory: The Matrimonial Momentum (2015) (TV Episode)
Sheldon mentions The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Lego Dimensions (2015) (Video Game)
Features the world and characters.
Nostalgia Critic: We Wish You a Turtle Christmas (2015) (TV Episode)
produced by Larry Osbourne's brother Barry
WatchMojo: Top 10 Actors Who Were Underpaid for Big Roles (2015) (TV Episode)
Sean Astin, who was paid $250,000 for the "Lord of the Rings" franchise, is #7.
Ashens: Christmas Special 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
Ashens mentions that elves had gone downhill after "Lord of the Rings" finished.
Alison (2015)
Teaser poster in Alison's room.
Fifty Shades of Black (2016)
Christian says Hannah looks like a sad Gollum.
Zoolander 2 (2016)
Zoolander and Gollum talk to their reflections in a pool.
Half in the Bag: The 2016 Oscars (2016) (TV Episode)
Mike mentions The Return of the King as an exception of sci-fi or fantasy films not winning an Oscar for Best Picture
Fuller House: Love Is in the Air (2016) (TV Episode)
Max says that he doesn't think Stephanie saw "The Lord of the Rings" movies.
Loose Canon: Oscar Bait: A History (2016) (TV Episode)
Poster shown.
Girls: I Love You Baby (2016) (TV Episode)
During her monologue, Hannah compares herself to Viggo Mortensen in the film.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Insanely Expensive Movie Memorabilia (2016) (TV Episode)
Aragorn's Sword Andúril from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is #7.
Best of the Worst: Wheel of the Worst #12 (2016) (TV Episode)
Jim and Jay allude to it.
Nostalgia Critic: Teddy Ruxpin: The Live Action Series (2016) (TV Episode)
"The ending to Return of the King said goodbye faster than this."
Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks/Lady Gaga (2016) (TV Episode)
Third Lord of the Rings movie mentioned during Presidential Debate cold opening
JonTron: Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (2016) (TV Episode)
JonTron notes that Christopher Lee is best known as Saruman.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: Fall (2016) (TV Episode)
Rory says that Dean "had a disturbing obsession" with the trilogy.
Bow Shock: Ghosts (2016) (Video)
LOTR/Middle Earth poster on the wall
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Getaway Week 3 (2017) (TV Episode)
Correct answer to question.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Fellowship of the Spear (2017) (TV Episode)
Rip Hunter paraphrases Aragorn's famous speech from "Return of the King" while Tolkien is listening intently. However, that particular speech was not written by Tolkien. It was by Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens and Peter Jackson specifically for the film.
Talking with Chris Hardwick: Elijah Wood (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Chris Hardwick when introducing Elijah Wood as a guest. They later discuss Wood's experience during filming.
The Trip to Spain (2017)
Ian McKellen and 'The Ring" are mentioned.
Camp Camp: Quest to Sleepy Peak Peak (2017) (TV Episode)
The squirrel's death mirrors Gollum's.
Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall (2017) (TV Episode)
Daenerys's arrival to save the group at the last moment is similar to the arrival of the eagles to save Sam and Frodo from Mount Doom.
The Michael Knowles Show: Everything You Wanted to Know About Ben Shapiro, But Were Too Afraid to Ask (2017) (TV Episode)
Ben Shapiro lists his favorite movies, which include the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Don't Panic (2017) (Short)
Edgar quotes a passage from this when wielding Aragorn's sword
Dáma a Král: Návrat Krále (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced in title.
Sean Bradley Reviews: Breathe (2017) (TV Episode)
Sean mentions Peter Jackson's 'Middle Earth' franchise when talking about Andy Serkis.
Studio C: Episode #8.5 (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the cosplay sketch
Rifftrax: Batman v. Superman (2017)
Bill: "Uh-oh, hope it's not Smeagol's birthday again."
Nostalgia Critic: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) (TV Episode)
The movie is mentioned.
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong with Fifty Shades Darker (2018) (TV Episode)
The movie is mentioned.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Actors Completely Cut from Movies (2018) (TV Episode)
Christopher Lee, who was cut from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, is #9.
A Quiet Place (2018)
The scene of the torches progressively getting lit during the night resembles the beacons of Gondor claiming for help.
Family Guy: Send in Stewie, Please (2018) (TV Episode)
The Child psychologist has a 'University of Gondor' diploma in his office.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Grooming Show Dog Balls (2018) (TV Episode)
Brought up in Andy Serkis' filmography.
Honest Trailers: Every Christopher Nolan Movie (2018) (TV Episode)
Title seen in screenshot
Honest Trailers: Hook (2018) (TV Episode)
"Today is not that day"
FanScription: What if Ghostbusters II Was Better? (2019) (TV Episode)
The movie is mentioned.
Don't Ignore Me (2019) (Short)
DVDs are seen in box set
Nostalgia Critic: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2019) (TV Episode)
The movie is mentioned.
JonTron: Architecture Tier List (2019) (TV Episode)
JonTron compares the Shard to the Eye of Sauron.
Estel: The Making of a King
references events

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CinéMagique (2002) (Short)
Updated version features a clip from this film
National Geographic: Beyond the Movie - The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) (TV Movie)
footage is used in the tv-special
Troldspejlet: Episode #30.15 (2003) (TV Episode)
reviewed + footage used
The Lord of the Rings: The Quest Fulfilled (2003) (TV Special)
show scenes from the movie.
The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) (TV Special)
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) (TV Special)
Nominee clips.
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #11.79 (2004) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown in "Conan on the Aisle".
The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV Special)
Aragorn's Destiny (2004) (Video)
Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?!! (2004)
'Frodo is great who is that' shows a clip from LOTR3 where 'figwit' returns to say the speaking part "Lady Arwen..."
The Force Is with Them: The Legacy of 'Star Wars' (2004) (Video)
A special effects clip is shown.
The Ultimate Film (2004) (TV Movie)
number 19
Troldspejlet: Episode #32.15 (2004) (TV Episode)
DVD release of the Extended Edition reviewed + footage used
Big-atures (2004) (Video)
"Making of" documentary.
Cameras in Middle-Earth (2004) (Video)
"Making of" documentary.
Costume Design (2004) (Video)
"Making of" documentary.
Designing Middle-Earth (2004) (Video)
"Making of" documentary.
Editorial: Completing the Trilogy (2004) (Video)
"Making of" documentary.
The End of All Things (2004) (Video)
"Making of" documentary.
From Book to Script: Forging the Final Chapter (2004) (Video)
"Making of" documentary.
Home of the Horse Lords (2004) (Video)
"Making of" documentary.
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-Earth (2004) (Video)
"Making of" documentary.
Music for Middle-Earth (2004) (Video)
"Making of" documentary.
The Passing of an Age (2004) (Video)
"Making of" documentary.
The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth (2004) (Video)
"Making of" documentary.
Weta Digital (2004) (Video)
"Making of" documentary.
A Filmmaker's Journey: Making 'The Return of the King' (2004) (Video)
Shows scenes from the movie.
The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV Special)
The 100 Greatest Family Films (2005) (TV Movie)
Clips shown.
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #11.12 (2006) (TV Episode)
Clip shown in Elijah Wood interview.
La noche de...: El vuelo del Fenix (2008) (TV Episode)
clups shown - Miranda Otto profile
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Featured in Best Picture montage.
I Love the New Millennium: 2003 (2008) (TV Episode)
Shown on the 2003 episode
Nostalgia Critic: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (2009) (TV Episode)
"The castle of Gondor"
20 to 1: Big Screen Buddies (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Frodo Baggins and Sam Wysegangi.
Troldspejlet: Episode #42.6 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the film in his portrait of Christopher Lee + clip shown
Great Movie Mistakes (2010) (TV Movie)
Clips of mistakes shown
20 to 1: Our All Time Favourite Films (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Nostalgia Critic: My Pet Monster (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned when discussing abrupt movie title droppings in the plot
Hollywood's Top Ten: Best of the Decade (2011) (TV Episode)
Taking #3 on the user poll of the best movies of 2001-2010
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) (TV Special)
Clips prior to presentation of Makeup and Costume Design Oscars.
Forget About It: Lord of the Rings (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips from the 3 movies are shown as Panda "forgets about it"
Maltin on Movies: Top 10 Films of the Decade (2011) (TV Episode)
Movie reviewed in this episode.
Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time (2011) (TV Special)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the #3 Best Action Film.
Nostalgia Critic: Airborne (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown
Hollywood's Top Ten: Battle of the Warriors (2011) (TV Episode)
Taking #8 for top warrior movies
Hollywood's Top Ten: Best Movies Ever Made (2011) (TV Episode)
Honorable mention, clips show
Musical Hell: Mamma Mia! (2012) (TV Episode)
"when you're wrapping a 10-hour trilogy, you can spend 15 minutes on the conclusion..."
Honest Trailers: Lord of the Rings (2012) (TV Episode)
Film trailer used
The Nostalgia Chick: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2013) (TV Episode)
To be reviewed next time
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong with CinemaSins in 3 Minutes or Less (2013) (TV Episode)
"And there are spiders down there".
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Dumbest Lord of the Rings Moments (2013) (TV Episode)
The Critic examines this movie and determines what moments he finds to be dumb
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Blockbuster Movie Franchises (2013) (TV Episode)
The "Middle Earth" franchise is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Battle Speeches in Movies (2013) (TV Episode)
The battle speech in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is #3.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Split Personality Movie Characters (2013) (TV Episode)
Sméagol is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Kings (2013) (TV Episode)
Théoden, King of Rohan gets an honorable mention.
Honest Trailers: Dragonball Evolution (2013) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Greatest Best Picture Oscar-Winning Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies of the 2000s (2014) (TV Episode)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies of All Time (2014) (TV Episode)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Swords (2014) (TV Episode)
The sword of the Witch King gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Princesses (2014) (TV Episode)
Éowyn is #6.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Fictional Wars in Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
The War of the Ring is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Tragic Movie Figures (2014) (TV Episode)
Sméagol / Gollum gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Visually Striking CGI-Filled Films (2014) (TV Episode)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is #3.
Lost in Adaptation: The Neverending Story (2014) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Character Transformations in Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Greed Makes the Gollum is #6.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Motion Capture Performances (2014) (TV Episode)
Andy Serkis as Gollum is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Longest Hollywood Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which is 201 minutes long, is #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Third Installments in Movie Franchises (2014) (TV Episode)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is #1.
Atop the Fourth Wall: The Hobbit #1 (2014) (TV Episode)
clips shown as Linkara discusses the whole Hobbit series
WatchMojo: Top 10 Last Words Before Death in Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Gollum gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Scenes Where Villains Fall to Their Death (2014) (TV Episode)
The scene where Gollum falls to his death is #6.
Middle-earth: There and Back Again (2014) (TV Movie)
Clips shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Hanging on for Life Movie Scenes (2014) (TV Episode)
Give Me Your Hand is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Unlikable Movie Characters (2014) (TV Episode)
Denethor: Steward of Gondor gets an honorable mention.
Nostalgia Critic: Matrix Revolutions (2015) (TV Episode)
Critic inserts an Agent Smith line over one of Hugo Weaving's characters
WatchMojo: Top 10 Pre-Kill Quips in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
The #6 pre-kill quip is "I am no man."
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies - New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth - Part 3 (2015) (Video)
A clip from the prologue is featured.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Annoying Major Characters in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Frodo Baggins is given an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Interspecies Couples in Movies and TV (2015) (TV Episode)
Aragorn & Arwen are #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Surprise Attacks in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Attack on the Docks is #10.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Director's Cut Special Editions of Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
The extended editions of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy are #6.
I Hate Everything: the Search for the Worst: Bionicle: Mask of Light (2015) (TV Episode)
Alex Bolton mentions it. Also, poster and footage of this movie are shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies with Massive Casualties (2015) (TV Episode)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is #3.
Lost in Adaptation: A Series of Unfortunate Events (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Alcohol Chugging Movie Scenes (2015) (TV Episode)
Elf vs. Dwarf is #6.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Disappointing Deaths of Great Characters (2015) (TV Episode)
The death of Saruman is #10.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Moments (2015) (TV Episode)
Destruction of the Ring is #10. Pippin's Song is #9. Aragorn Becomes the King is #6. Sam Carries Frodo, I Am No Man and Aragorn Summons Army of the Dead get honorable mentions.
Honest Trailers: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
Honest Trailers: Ant-Man (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Billion Dollar Box Office Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Movie Disguises (2016) (TV Episode)
Orcs get an honorable mention.
Nostalgia Critic: How Right Are Trailers? (2016) (TV Episode)
trailer clip shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Action Movie Killing Spree Scenes (2016) (TV Episode)
Legolas Takes Down a Mûmakil gets an honorable mention.
Cinematic Excrement: RoboCop 3 (2016) (TV Episode)
Footage is used as Smeghead brings it up as a good third movie in a trilogy.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Scenes Where the Hero Saves the Villain (2016) (TV Episode)
Gollum Can Be Trusted, Right? gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies You Need to Watch in the Theater (2016) (TV Episode)
The "Lord of the Rings" franchise is given an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Anti-Climactic Movie Endings (2016) (TV Episode)
The ending of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Films with Multiple Villains (2016) (TV Episode)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is #3 with Sauron, Gollum & Saruman.
Nostalgia Critic: Can an Ending Ruin a Film? (2016) (TV Episode)
calls the ending awkward
ITV News at Ten: Episode dated 1 June 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Goodbye Scenes in Movies (2017) (TV Episode)
The goodbye scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is #6.
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
Seen in 90 Years of Oscars montage
DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Guest Starring John Noble (2018) (TV Episode)
Rory watches a clip from the movie
Lindsay Ellis' Essay Collection: The Hobbit: Battle of Five Studios (2/2) (2018) (TV Episode)
Clips of the movie are shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Scenes That Almost Ruined Good Movies (2018) (TV Episode)
The goofy reunion in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is #5.
Best of the Worst: Kill Squad, Ryan's Babe, and Demonwarp (2018) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown when Jay describes watching Demonwarp after Ryan's Babe being like the end of Return of the King.
Honest Trailers: Ready Player One (2018) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Hidden Secrets in Movie Credits (2018) (TV Episode)
A Maori Message is #5.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: John Heilemann/Alex Wagner/Hasan Minhaj (2018) (TV Episode)
Archive footage of battles seen in a satire segment.

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Elijah Wood/Jet (2003) (TV Episode)
Spoofed during the monologue
The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV Special)
Billy Crystal is Gollum, looking into his reflection on the pond
The Polar Express (2004)
The elderly elf asks the small boy to let him take care of his gift box by saying "Trust me" in a slightly sneaky seductive supplicating tone, and has somewhat crafty-looking facial features, just as Gollum does.
World of Warcraft (2004) (Video Game)
Human male character tells ironic story about a magic bracelet, which might be well suitable for a movie trilogy; the climatcic conclusiong could be called "Hey, the King's back!"
Dougal (2005)
The fellowship and especially when reaching the surrounded-by-lava-diamond.
Robot Chicken: A Piece of the Action (2005) (TV Episode)
Corey Feldman steals the ring as it is about to be destroyed in Mount Doom.
D' Anothers (2005)
"My precious, My precious" one of the character repeatedly said when he was transformed into a cockroach.
Stockflame (2005) (Short)
In the endbattle ghosts of ancient robber-knight come as reinforcement for the heros
Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation B.U.L.L.I.E.S./Operation F.I.S.H.Y. (2005) (TV Episode)
Vaious scenes in Operation F.I.S.H.Y. are spoofing the Peter Jackson movie.
Bored of the Rings: The Trilogy (2005)
LOTR parody
VeggieTales: Lord of the Beans (2005) (Video)
spoofed extensively
My Name Is Earl: Stole a Badge (2006) (TV Episode)
The finding of the badge in the stream, including the background music, is suggestive of the finding of the Ring by Smeagol. Also, the badge seduces Earl, Randy and Joy with its power and causes them to turn on each other in order to possess it.
Clerks II (2006)
When Randal is showing what the Rings movies were to the Rings fans.
Maple Palm (2006)
The character of Amy comedically impersonates Gollum/Smeagol "Yes, that's it! My little Pressssioussss"
American Dad!: Black Mystery Month (2007) (TV Episode)
Spoofs of the scene inside of Mount Doom with lava lake consuming dreaded object. Here it is peanut butter.
The Simpsons: Rome-old and Juli-eh (2007) (TV Episode)
Spoofs the siege of Minas Tirith at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields: Bart and Lisa fight a screaching fell beast flying with brown-shirted 'Witch-king' delivery man.
South Park: Lice Capades (2007) (TV Episode)
the scene where Travis is carried off by the fly is a direct parody of the scene in this movie where Frodo and Sam are carried off Mount Doom by the Eagles
Shrek the Third (2007)
In the scene with King Harold's funeral, the top of the citadel looks like the top level of Minas Tirith
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen (2007) (TV Episode)
The Battle of the Morannon is spoofed when Billy arrives with a bunch of giant eagles.
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Scene of Bart fishing with Flanders mirrors opening scene of Return of the King, including replicated shots.
Spaceballs: The Animated Series: Lord of the Onion Rings (2008) (TV Episode)
climactic scenes in Mordor and Rivendell spoofed
Futurama: Bender's Game (2008) (Video)
Many spoofs of this movie can be found.
The Fairly OddParents: Wishology! "The Big Beginning" (2009) (TV Episode)
The episode starts with Timmy spoofing this film as part of a "trilogy wish".
American Dad!: Return of the Bling (2010) (TV Episode)
Episode title and elements of plot.
Doosh Baggins: The Forgotten Hobbit (2010) (Short)
Parodies the entire Lord of the Rings saga.
Total Drama: Hawaiian Punish! (2010) (TV Episode)
when Ezekiel grabs the million dollars and falls into the volcano
Mad: Snott Pilgrim vs. the Wonderful World of Disney/Malcolm in the Middle Earth (2011) (TV Episode)
The ring falls into a science fair volcano project.
Family Guy: Tiegs for Two (2011) (TV Episode)
The "Light the Beacons" sequence spoofs the lighting of the Beacon of Amon Din.
Robot Chicken: The Departy Monster (2011) (TV Episode)
segment with Frodo getting rid of the ring
The Hobbit Games (2012) (Short)
Characters, dialogue, and plot points are parodied
Achmed Saves America (2014) (Video)
Achmed's crooning "Hello, Gorgeoussss...!" in a half-whisper to his bomb, just as Gollum speaks in his sneaky seductive hiss.
Studio C: Episode #5.6 (2014) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the "Lewis & Clark & Frodo" sketch
Lord of the Rings (By Spring) (2017) (Short)
Film is a parody of all three Lord of the Rings films.
The Lord of the Things (2017) (Short)
The film spoofs Frodo and Sam's parting of ways
Disenchantment: A Princess, an Elf, and a Demon Walk Into a Bar (2018) (TV Episode)
Battle between gnomes and giants is spoofed

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