The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Cast
Elijah Wood … Frodo Baggins
Ian McKellen … Gandalf the White
Viggo Mortensen … Aragorn
Sean Astin … Samwise ‘Sam’ Gamgee
Liv Tyler … Arwen
Billy Boyd … Peregrin ‘Pippin’ Took
Dominic Monaghan … Meriadoc ‘Merry’ Brandybuck
Orlando Bloom … Legolas Greenleaf
John Rhys-Davies … Gimli
Ian Holm … Bilbo Baggins
Christopher Lee … Saruman the White
Cate Blanchett … Galadriel
Bernard Hill … Théoden
Brad Dourif … Grƒ­ma Wormtongue
Miranda Otto … ƒâ€°owyn
Marton Csokas … Celeborn
Karl Urban … ƒâ€°omer
David Wenham … Faramir
John Noble … Denethor, Steward of Gondor

Other credited cast listed alphabetically
Alexandra Astin … Elanor Gamgee
Sala Baker … Sauron
Wi Kuki Kaa … Ghan-buri-Ghan
Lawrence Makoare … The Witch King
Sarah McLeod … Rosie Cotton
Andy Serkis … Gollum/Sméagol
Bruce Spence … The Mouth of Sauron
Stephen Ure … Gorbag
Hugo Weaving … Elrond

2003 release: New Line presents a film directed by Peter Jackson. Produced by Peter Jackson and Barrie M. Osborne. Written by Frances Walsh. Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Photographed by Andrew Lesnie. Music by Howard Shore. Running time: 200 minutes. Classified PG-13 (for intense epic battle sequences and frightening images).

Central Theme
There is a battle for the soul of man in which the enemy must be engaged with courage, determination, individually and in the fellowship of friends; Above all else we must recognize that ultimately we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with spiritual forces requiring our submission to and cooperation with a spiritual reality that seeks our well being and not our destruction.

Story
Sauron’s forces have laid siege to Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor, in their efforts to eliminate the race of men. The once-great kingdom, watched over by a fading steward, has never been in more desperate need of its king. But can Aragorn (Mortensen) answer the call of his heritage and become what he was born to be? In no small measure, the fate of Middle-earth rests on his broad shoulders. With the final battle joined and the legions of darkness gathering, Gandalf (McKellen) urgently tries to rally Gondor’s broken army to action. He is aided by Rohan’s King Theoden (Hill), who unites his warriors for history’s biggest test. Yet even with their courage and passionate loyalty, the forces of men–with Eowyn (Otto) and Merry (Monaghan) hidden among them–are no match for the enemies swarming against Gondor. Still, in the face of great losses, they charge forward into the battle of their lifetimes, tied together by their singular goal to keep Sauron distracted and give the Ring Bearer a chance to complete his quest. Their hopes rest with Frodo (Wood), a tiny but determined hobbit making a perilous trip across treacherous enemy lands to cast the One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom. The closer Frodo gets to his final destination, the heavier his burden becomes and the more he must rely on Samwise Gamgee (Astin). Gollum-and the Ring itself-will test Frodo’s allegiances and, ultimately, his humanity. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” concludes the epic story of these characters, their relationships and rivalries, and reveals how through courage, commitment and determination even the least of us can change the world. ‚© New Line Productions.

A most satisfying cinematic experience combining Tolkien’s incredible and rich story, an attention to detail, an aesthetic sensibility, dramatic action scenes. Like the LOTR book series archetypical themes weave throughout, but for the theologically literate it is impossible to miss the light/dark, life/death, good/evil foundation on which the trilogy rests. Sin destroys, removes the enjoyment of the richness of human life (taste, sight, smell, friendship, love) and replaces it with a dark, dank, sightless, tasteless poverty of spirit. The notion of spiritual warfare is clear and we understand the nature of this battle as a cooperation between the divine and human AND between individual and collaborative efforts. Ultimately, the real battle cannot be won by human energies and weapons alone, but the battle also cannot be won without them. Human life is enriched by aspiring to a virtuous, honorable life of valor.

Beliefs num
–It is not over until it is over.
–Honor in battle is as important as winning
–Oaths must be taken and kept.
–There is a dark power that can overtake us and lead us into behavior we would never condone.
–The more you embrace this dark power the more you deteriorate.
–Darkness cannot tolerate light and there is a light when all others fail you.
–There are good and evil forces at work behind the scene in the events of humans.
–There is a difference between a king and a steward.
–A good king is a good thing.
–There are those who doom coming and do nothing and others who see doom and prepare to face it with honor.
–In most battles there are multiple fronts.
–Each of most must discover and do our individual part, but victory comes through our interdependent efforts.
–It is the age of the dominion of man.
–There is a world after this one and hope after we die.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What are the artistic merits of this film?
–What elements common to human experience did you resonate with in this film?
–What elements in word, deed, theme or behavior created a dissonance with who you are or want to be spiritually?
–What does this film tell us about who God is? Who humans are? What we are seeking in life?
–In addition to military battles are there other kinds of battles humans face today?
–Are there unseen forces at work behind the scenes?
–Is there a dark force enticing us into behavior that will ultimately destroy is?
–Do we still value honor as much as winning in today’s world?
–What is the great challenge your generation must face?

Provocative Quotes byline
–We forgot the taste of bread¢â‚¬¦the sound of trees¢â‚¬¦we even forgot our own name.
==Gollum.
— Sméagol did it once¢â‚¬¦ Sméagol can do it again.
==Gollum about killing for the ring.
–Things are now in motion that cannot now be undone.
== Gandalf.
–If I leave him now I will regret it. It is time.
==Arwen.
–He is a steward only¢â‚¬¦a caretaker¢â‚¬¦The Lord and Steward of Gondor.
== Gandalf about Denethor, steward of the city.
–I offer you my service, such as it is, in repayment of this debt.
==Pippin.
–Authority is not given for you to deny the return of the King.
== Gandalf to Denethor, steward of the city
–Our enemy is ready¢â‚¬¦We come to it at last, the great battle of our time¢â‚¬¦the board is set the pieces are moving¢â‚¬¦Hope is kindled.
== Gandalf.
–Now is the hour. Oaths you have taken. Fulfill them all.
==Rohan.
–The age of man is over. The time of the Orc has come.
==Orc commander.
–Long has he foreseen this doom.
==Faramir.
–Foreseen and done nothing.
== Gandalf.
–But he’s a liar. He’s poisoned you against me.
==Sam to Frodo.
–Become who you were born to be.
==Elrond to Aragorn.
–I fear not death.
==Aragorn.
–The dead do not suffer the living to pass.
==Commander of the dead.
–You will suffer me.
==Aragorn.
–I summon you to fulfill your oath. Fight for us and regain your honor.
==Aragorn.
–Abandon your posts.
== Denethor, steward of the city
–Prepare for Battle.
== Gandalf.
–May it be a light for you in dark places when all other lights go out.
==Galadrial.
–I have to destroy it Sméagol. I have to destroy it for both of our sakes.
==Frodo.
–This task was appointed to you Frodo of the Shire, If you do not find a way no one will.
==Galadrial.
–You are soldiers of Gondor no matter what comes through that gate you will stand your ground.
==Gandalf.
–End? The journey doesn’t end here.
== Gandalf to Pippen.
–This is your test. Every path you have trod through, wilderness, through war, has led to this road. The enemy will never let Aragorn come to the throne of Gondor.
==Elrond to Aragorn.
–I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fail . . . when we forsake our friends, and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. This day, we fight!
==Aragorn preparing the troops for battle.
–Feast on his flesh.
==Witch King.
–I will kill you if you touch him.
==Eowyn.
–No man can kill me-die now.
==Witch King
–I am NO Man.
==Eowyn.
–I go to my fathers in whose company I shall not now feel ashamed.
==King Theodin.
–I hold your oath fulfilled. Go be at peace.
==Aragorn.
–Behind the walls of Mordor the enemy is regrouping.
==Gandalf.
–There’ll be none left for the return journey.
==Frodo about water to Sam.
–I think that there’ll be a return journey.
==Sam to Frodo.
–I never thought I’d die side by side with an elf.
==Gimli.
–What about side by side with a friend?
==Legolas replies.
–I can’t carry it for you, but I CAN carry you.
==Sam.
–The ring is mine.
==Frodo to Sam.
–It’s gone. It’s done. It’s over now.
==Frodo.
–Now come the days of the king. May they be blessed.
==Gandalf.
–My friends you bow to no one.
==Aragorn to Hobbits.
–The age of three ring’s power has ended. The time has come for the dominion of man.
==Galadrial.
–It is time Frodo.
==Gandalf.
–We set out to save the Shire and we have done that, but not for me.
==Frodo.
–The journey doesn’t end here. (Death) is just another path, one that we all must take. As the gray-rimmed curtain of this world rolls back, and turns to silver clouds, then you’ll see it¢â‚¬¦ White shores; and beyond, a far green country and a swift sunrise.
== Gandalf to Pippin.

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