The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


August 13, 2022

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the third installment in Peter Jackson's film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, based on the bestseller of the same name by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film premiered on December 1, 2003 in Wellington, New Zealand and was shown in cinemas worldwide on December 17. The Return of the King is the sequel to The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2002). Compared to Tolkien's book, the film recounts parts of both The Two Towers and The Return of the King. He was nominated for 11 Oscars at the 2004 Oscars. The film cashed in on all nominations (including best picture) and thus shares the record number of Oscars of eleven with Titanic and Ben Hur. A year later, in late 2004, the Extended Edition of this movie came out and 48 minutes of new and expanded scenes were added to this movie. The game of the same name was released on November 14, 2003 for the Xbox, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube and Mac OS X.


The film opens with a flashback showing how 500 years ago Sméagol got hold of the One Ring and it slowly turned him into Gollum. Gollum still serves as a guide for Frodo and Sam, whom he takes to Minas Ithil. Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Gandalf, Théoden and Éomer meanwhile arrive at Isengard conquered by the Ents, where they find Merry and Pippin. (In the Extended Edition, Grima stabs Saruman in the back and falls from the tower. Legolas kills Grima Saruman is impaled and slips into the water, causing the Palantír to fall into the water.) In the film, Gandalf leaves Saruman and Grima under Treebeard's guard. How the Palantír ends up in the water is then unknown - probably during the destruction of Isengard by the Ents. Pippin finds in the water the Palantír of Saruman. That evening Pepijn decides, against Gandalf's advice, to look into it. He sees Sauron plotting an attack on the city of Minas Tirith. However, Sauron sees Pippin through the Palantír and thinks he has the One Ring. Gandalf decides to bring Pippin to safety and takes him to Minas Tirith to warn the population. In Minas Tirith, Gandalf and Pippin visit the governor Denethor II, who is still mourning the death of his son Boromir. Pippin tries to make amends by swearing loyalty to Denethor. Meanwhile, in Mordor, Sauron's army led by the Wizard King of Angmar prepares to attack. Sam, Frodo and Gollum witness the army leaving the city of Minas Ithil. In Minas Tirith, Denethor refuses to hear Gandalf's warning. Gandalf then sets Pippin to light the distress beacon so that Rohan's army thinks Gondor is calling to their aid. Meanwhile, Rohan's army waits in tents. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are there too. Aragorn is visited by Elrond (who is from Rivendell), who has the sword Narsil (with which Sauron was once defeated by Isildur) reforged into Anduril. Aragorn accepts the sword and his destiny as king of Gondor. The next day he decides to go to the cursed Army of the Dead with Gimli and Legolas. When Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas want to call upon the Army of the Dead, they refuse, until they see that Aragorn has the sword Narsil. Sauron's army, meanwhile, is approaching Minas Tirith. Denethor becomes tense, so Gandalf takes charge of the soldiers. The battle for Minas Tirith erupts. Sauron's army manages to invade the city. Denethor wants to burn his son Faramir during the battle, because he thinks he is already dead. When Denethor is about to burn him at the stake, Gandalf appears. Pepijn manages to get Faramir off the pyre just in time. Denethor runs under the flames down into the abyss, where there is fierce fighting. Meanwhile, in Mordor, Gollum leads Frod