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National Geographic Explorer

Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings
Unrated
TV Episode | 60 min | Documentary, History

A look at the background for Tolkien's mythology, hence the movie's mythology.
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Updated Dec 23, 2001

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Dec 23, 2001 (United States)
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Phil Crowley
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John Howe
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Peter McHugh
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Oliver Muirhead
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Alan Lee
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Billy Boyd
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Dominic Monaghan
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Sean Astin
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Christopher Lee
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John Garth
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Martin Carver
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Richard Taylor
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Orlando Bloom
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Cate Blanchett
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Pekka Huttu-Hiltunen
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Jussi Huovinen
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Wade Davis
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Markku Nieminen
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Tom Shippey
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Liv Tyler
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Rayner Unwin
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Jane Chance
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Philippa Boyens
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Michael Fay
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Peter Jackson
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Ian McKellen
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Chris Upton
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7.1 / 10 | 621 votes