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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