There and Back and There and Back Again: A Lord of the Rings Recap, in Running Shots

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Dec. 12 2013 3:22 PM

There and Back and There and Back Again

A Lord of the Rings recap, in running shots.

The Lord of the Rings movies—which, with the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this week, enter their second dozen hours—tend to follow a few familiar beats: People are tempted by the ring, ominous statements are made about treacherous new junctures, and everyone (even the dwarves and elves) comes together in the end.

But mostly, there’s a lot of running—especially across mountain ridges, filmed in helicopter shots. If you need a recap of the series so far, look no further than our supercut of all the running in the first four films. It’s only a few minutes long, but rest assured that we have a special 43-minute extended edition locked away in our vaults.

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