The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim

From Tolkien Gateway
Revision as of 17:07, 31 January 2023 by LorenzoCB (talk | contribs) (Text replacement - "{{films}}" to "{{Screen}}")
The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim
The Lord of the Rings - The War of the Rohirrim - logo.jpg
DirectorKenji Kamiyama
ScreenplayPhoebe Gittins
Arty Papageorgiou
Jeffrey Addiss
Will Matthews
Based onThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
ProducerJoseph Chou
StarringBrian Cox
Gaia Wise
Luke Pasqualino
Miranda Otto
Laurence Ubong Williams
NarratorMiranda Otto
StudioNew Line Cinema
Warner Bros. Animation
Sola Entertainment
DistributorWarner Bros.
Released12 April 2024 (scheduled)
CountryUnited States
IMDbIMDb Profile

The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim is an upcoming anime fantasy film based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film, set 250 years before the events of The Lord of the Rings, makes use of the Appendices mainly and it will cover the events of Helm Hammerhand, and the history behind the founding of Helm's Deep.


The film will be set around 250 years before the events of The Lord of the Rings, covering the period of time when Helm Hammerhand was King of Rohan. Helm was King of Rohan from T.A. 2741 to 2759.[1]

According to Deadline: "The War of the Rohirrim focuses on a character from the book’s appendix, the mighty King of Rohan, Helm Hammerhand, and a legendary battle which helped shaped Middle-earth heading into LOTR. The anime pic will expand the untold story behind the fortress of Helm’s Deep, delving into the life and bloodsoaked times of Hammerhand. Overall, the movie is a companion piece to New Line’s LOTR trilogy and is set roughly 250 years before that movie during the third age".[2]


Actor Role(s)
Brian Cox Helm Hammerhand
Gaia Wise Hera
Luke Pasqualino Wulf
Miranda Otto Eowyn / Narrator
Laurence Ubong Williams Fréaláf Hildeson
Shaun Dooley Freca
Lorraine Ashbourne TBA
Yazdan Qafouri TBA
Benjamin Wainwright TBA
Michael Wildman TBA
Jude Akuwudike TBA
Bilal Hasna TBA
Janine Duvitski TBA



The film was announced on 10 June 2021 in the run up to the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

All of us at New Line feel a deep affinity for the extraordinary world J.R.R. Tolkien created, so the opportunity to dive back into Middle-earth with the team at Warner Bros. Animation is a dream come true. Fans know Helm’s Deep as the stage for one of the greatest battles ever put to film and, with many of the same creative visionaries involved and the brilliant Kenji Kamiyama at the helm, we couldn’t be more excited to deliver a fresh vision of its history that will invite global audiences to experience the rich, complex saga of Middle-earth in a thrilling new way.
—Carolyn Blackwood, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chief operating officer, and Richard Brener, New Line Cinema president and chief creative officer.[3]


New Line Cinema, currently owned by Warner Bros., and the company behind The Lord of the Rings film series, announced that they were fast-tracking development of this anime film. Warner Bros. Animation will be partnering with Sola Entertainment, and it was announced also that the film will be directed by Kenji Kamiyama. The screenplay will be written by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, with Philippa Boyens - who worked on both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series -acting as a consultant.[3]

In February of 2022, it was announced that the script was being written by Phoebe Gittins, Philipa Boyens' daughter, and her writing partner Arty Papageorgiou, based on a story by Addiss and Matthews.[4] It was also announced that Richard Taylor, the creative director of special effects company Wētā Workshop, and illustrators Alan Lee and John Howe have also joined the film's creative team after all working on the Peter Jackson's Middle-earth film series.[4][5]


Voice casting had begun by June 2021,when executive producer Jason DeMarco confirmed that hiring for voice artists was underway.[6] In June of 2022, the main voice cast was announced.[5]

Announcement Reaction

When it was announced, Shaun Gunner, Current Chair of The Tolkien Society, said in a statement that "Tolkien fans will be delighted to see more of Middle-earth on screen. In The Lord of the Rings film trilogy we got a hint of the wider history that underpins Tolkien’s creation, and the Rohirrim are no exception. I’m excited to see a different interpretation of Tolkien’s works, and in a different visual style. I hope it brings even more people to reading Tolkien’s creation—it will certainly resend me back to the book!"[7]


The film is scheduled to be released in 12 April 2024 on USA and it will be distributed by Warner Bros. on cinemas.[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl"
  2. Anthony D'Alessandro, "‘The Lord Of The Rings’ Goes On: Anime Film ‘The War Of The Rohirrim’ In Works At New Line" dated 10 June 2021, Deadline (accessed 30 December 2021)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Adam B. Vary, "‘Lord of the Rings’ Anime Feature Fast-Tracked by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Animation" dated 10 June 2021, Variety (accessed 30 December 2021)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Couch Aaron, ""Lord of the Rings Anime Movie Sets 2024 Release Date"" dated 15 February 2022, (accessed 12 July 2022)
  5. 5.0 5.1 By Anthony D'Alessandro, "‘The Lord Of The Rings: The War Of The Rohirrim’: Anime Voice Cast Counts Brian Cox, Gaia Wise, Miranda Otto & More" dated 15 June 2022, Deadline Hollywood (accessed 28 October 2022)
  6. Scott Campbell, "Lord Of The Rings Producer Shares Excitement For The War Of The Rohirrim" dated 14 June 2021, We Got This Covered (accessed 30 December 2021)
  7. Daniel Helen, "“The War of the Rohirrim” anime film in development" dated 10 June 2021, The Tolkien Society (accessed 30 December 2021)
Licensed screen adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's works
Animation The Hobbit (1966) · The Hobbit (1977) · The Lord of the Rings (1978) · The Return of the King (1980) ·The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim (2024, upcoming)
Live-action The Lord of the Rings film series The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · The Two Towers (2002) · The Return of the King (2003)
The Hobbit film series An Unexpected Journey (2012) · The Desolation of Smaug (2013) · The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
TV series Hobitit (1993) · The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (2022-present)