[Movie] The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Cast: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin
  • Based on: The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

It is the final part of the movie trilogy with a climax – the destruction of the ring -. The film maintains the balance of the epic until the end, even though a lot of link events are missing. The special effects look great even in the 2020s.

Frodo: And thus it was. A fourth age of middle-earth began. And the fellowship of the ring… though eternally bound by friendship and love… was ended. Thirteen months to the day since Gandalf sent us on our long journey… we found ourselves looking upon a familiar sight. We were home. How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on… when in your heart you begin to understand… there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend… some hurts that go too deep… that have taken hold. Bilbo once told me his part in this tale would end… that each of us must come and go in the telling. Bilbo’s story was now over. There would be no more journeys for him… save one. My dear Sam. You cannot always be torn in two. You will have to be one and whole for many years. You have so much to enjoy and to be and to do. Your part in the story will go on.

from the book

The king has returned, and everyone is finding his or her own place again.

“The destruction of the ONE RING and the end of the battle between the good and the evil.” What do they mean to all? For elves and wizards, the end means the end of their era. They are leaving the middle earth. Men won the war against the evil power and gained the right to prosper under a new king. Hobits return to their old lives. Yes, the main story is ending but, for some, their parts of the story must go on.

Sam: Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?

from the book

What is your nostalgic homeland, where you always want to be back? Our nostalgia – the ol’ good days – is the creation of our mind based on the censorship of memory and wishful dreams. Everyone is right. Hobbits are amazing creatures. They can manage the past and the current at the same time, in which you can see they are fictional creations. Humans are also amazing creatures. Our memory is blurred with our hope so that we can go forward. Hobbits remain in the past, but men can change.

The inconsistency of the movie is mainly from the missing parts from the original story. Look at my book review of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

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