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1. The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy
We can hear you freaking out and cursing us right now, but just give us a chance. There’s no denying that J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most important literary releases of all time.
The series essentially invented the fantasy genre as we know it today, while at the same time providing some biting social commentary about the state of the world during the middle of the 20th century.
However, even Tolkien’s most ardent fans have to admit that at times the books are a bit too dense for their own good, often balancing dozens of plot points, and at times abandoning the narrative entirely to delve into minutia about the history of Middle Earth.
Peter Jackson’s acclaimed film trilogy, which ran from 2001 to 2003, streamlined the story and narrative into a more easily digestible… 12 hours, while still maintaining the themes that made Tolkien’s world so beloved.