The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King | 2003

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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Main Plot

The Return of the King is the final installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Frodo and Sam continue their journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and save Middle-earth from the dark lord Sauron. Meanwhile, Aragorn must fulfill his destiny as the rightful king and unite the people of Middle-earth against Sauron's forces. As the epic battle for Middle-earth ensues, the fate of all hangs in the balance, and the characters must confront their own fears and weaknesses to bring about the ultimate triumph of good over evil.


  • Frodo Baggins, played by Elijah Wood, is the main character who carries the One Ring and leads the mission to destroy it in Mount Doom.
  • Aragorn, the rightful heir to the throne of Gondor, leads the armies of Men against the forces of Sauron in the final battle for Middle-earth.
  • Ian McKellen plays the character Gandalf, a wise and powerful wizard who guides and supports the Fellowship of the Ring in their quest to defeat Sauron and destroy the One Ring.


In the epic conclusion to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frodo and Sam continue their treacherous journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring. Meanwhile, Aragorn leads the armies of Gondor and Rohan in a final stand against Sauron's forces. As the battle rages on, Frodo and Sam succeed in their mission, but are unable to escape the erupting volcano. However, they are rescued by the great eagles and the Ring is destroyed. Aragorn is crowned King of Gondor, and peace is restored to Middle-earth. The hobbits return to the Shire, only to find it corrupted by Saruman. They lead a rebellion and restore order. Finally, Frodo, Bilbo, and Gandalf sail away to the Undying Lands, leaving their friends behind.

Peter Jackson