Hobbit Movies In Order [What Order Are The Hobbit Films]

The Hobbit Trilogy sets in a fictional world where Elves, Men, Dwarves, Hobbits, Ents, Orcs and Trolls, as well as various spirits lives. The trilogy is based on the story of a Hobbit named Bilbo Bagan who goes through a fantasy adventure. Here is the list of all Hobbit movies in order of release

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
list of all Hobbit movies in order of release

About Hobbit Movies Series

The Hobbit Trilogy is based on the fantasy novel “The Lord of the Rings” written by J. R. R. Tolkien. In 2012, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey washed its way into cinemas. The movie was about a Hobbit named Bilbo and his adventure was a box office hit and received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.

After the success of the film, the franchise produced two sequels and the Hobbit series into a complete trilogy. The Hobbit Trilogy acts as a prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and is a part of the Middle Earth series.

Hobbit Movies In Order: What Is The Correct Order Of The Hobbit Movies?

There are there Hobbit movies that star Martin Freeman in the lead role of Bilbo Baggins and are directed by Peter Jackson.

All the Three Hobbit movies are connected and are based on the same storyline. Every Hobbit film picks and continues the story from the end in the previous film.

To understand the story and the plot, it is important to watch Hobbit films in order because movies are in a linear timeline and contains many references to previous plots which will make no sense if you haven’t watched the previous films.

What Is The Correct Order Of The Hobbit Movies?

Since, every Hobbit films continues the story after its previous film and doesn’t contain any prequels or Jumps, the best way to watch Hobbit series is to watch them in release order. Here is the list of all Hobbit movies in order of release

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
  • Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
  • Runtime: 2h 49min

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
  • Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage
  • Runtime: 2h 41min

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
  • Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage
  • Runtime: 2h 24min
Edited still from An Unexpected Journey (2012). this film is the first movie on the list of all hobbit movies in order of release
Edited still from An Unexpected Journey (2012) | credit goes to Warner Bros

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

While Hobbit Bilbo is enjoying the morning, Wizard Gandalf arrives and asks him to arrange a dinner for king Thorin and his other fellow Dwarves. After the dinner, Gandalf offers Bilbo to help them in their quest to lonely mountain.

Bilbo initially ignores, but later accepts Gandalf’s proposal and all of them begins their journey towards lonely mountain and on the way, Bilbo learns about the history of Kingdom Erbor and lonely mountain.

Edited still from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013). this film is the second movie on the list of all hobbit movies in order of release
Edited still from The Desolation of Smaug (2013) | credit goes to Warner Bros

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

After the events in the previous film, Azog Orcs attacks Dwarves and Dwarves takes shelter at Bayon’s house who has the ability to turn himself into a monster Bear when needed and hates Orcs.

Dwarves and Bilbo continues their journey through cursed forest while Gandalf goes to learn about the secret of Dol Gudur’s dark shadow. In the cursed forest, Elves attacks and captures all of them, further the king of Elves makes a deal with Thorin to share the Treasure.

Edited still from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). this film is the third movie on the list of all hobbit movies in order of release
Edited still from The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) | credit goes to Warner Bros

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Dragon Smaug attacks the town Ablaze but gets killed by bard after he breaks out of prison. After the incident, Bard becomes the new leader for people of Ablaze and leads them to Dale for shelter and food.

Thorin after capturing all the treasure in lonely mountain is now in search of Arkenstone which Bilbo kept hidden from everyone. meanwhile Galadriel, Elrond, and Sarumon frees Gandalf after which Sauron attacks them but gets defeated by Galadriel.

Is Hobbit and Lord of the Rings connected?

Hobbit and Lords of the Rings, both trilogy are the part of Middle Earth series and the Hobbit trilogy is a prequel to The Lords of the Rings Trilogy and narrates the story of what actually happened before Lords of the Rings. Here is the list of all Hobbit and Lords of the Rings movies in their correct watch order

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Should I watch Hobbit or LOTR first?

Watching the Middle Earth series in chronological order proves to be more fun and entertaining, hence you should watch the Hobbit series first and then you should watch The Lords of the Rings Trilogy.

Which Hobbit Movie Is Best?

all three Hobbit movies received positive reviews from critics and have developed a fan base around the world. but out of all the three Hobbit movies, which movie is the best? Here is the list of all Hobbit movies ranked from worst to best based on audience ratings on IMDb.

Hobbit FilmsIMDb Ratings
The Battle of the Five Armies 7.4/10
The Desolation of Smaug7.8/10
An Unexpected Journey7.8/10

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Conclusion

Hobbit Trilogy is a prequel to Peter Jackson’s popular ” The Lord of the Rings Trilogy” and was wildly successful and earned a huge profit at the box office. Hobbit movies are meant to watch in release order and should be watched first if you want to watch Middle Earth movies in chronological order.

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