The Lord of the Rings (1978) Poster

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Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • Some intense violence. Orcs stab men and blood comes out.
  • Silhouettes of characters in a flashback are stabbed and strangled. No blood.
  • Ringwraiths are attacked with a burning torch, but no damage is dealt.
  • Frodo is attacked by the black beast of Moria, and is almost drowned.
  • Saruman fights with Gandalf and imprisons him with high magic.
  • Uruk-Hai are stabbed and beheaded with some blood in a fight sequence.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Much pipe smoking
  • Drinking ale and wine.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The Nazgul are after Frodo. They look scary. The Orcs are scary looking, too. Very disturbing imagery that will frighten children.


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Violence & Gore

  • Ringwraiths stab the beds of the Hobbits at night when they are asleep. The are actually hiding in the barn next door.
  • Frodo is stabbed by the Witch-King, but he survives.
  • Frodo is chased by the Ringwraiths, and they are washed away by a river. They drown.
  • Orcs are stabbed and they slash at the Fellowship in Moria, during a large battle sequence. This involves them running through tunnels constantly stabbing at Orcs and Goblins. A troll is stabbed in the foot and it bleeds. A demonic creature is flung off a cliff. Gandalf is dragged off a cliff, but he comes back later.
  • Boromir is shot with multiple arrows and killed in a graphic manner, with a great deal of blood shown streaming from his wounds.

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