This is the climactic scene of the three-film Lord
of the Rings trilogy. The films shows not just the oppression
of good by evil, but the overwhelming power of evil and the determination
of good to resist the forces of evil even unto death.
The struggle between good and evil is the essence of the popular
story by J.R.R. Tolkien. The finale of the trilogy builds the
story continuously through the darkest hour for mankind and
its allies, and then hope is once again renewed. The struggle,
the grand scale is the war between men, elves, and dwarfs against
wizard-controlled orcs and goblins. On a smaller scale, is
quest to destroy the Ring, and Sam’s struggle to protect
Frodo from Gollum.
Seeing the struggles between good and evil on both small and
large scale helps audiences to relate to the mythological epic
of The Lord of the Rings, whether or not they have read Tolkien’s
The movie is set in the lush, majestic scenery of New
Zealand, scenery so realistic that it is easy to believe that
this story is actually real. The humanity and the emotion of
the characters evoke the emotions of those watching. The film’s
ability to make audiences care for the different characters
makes these movies popular with people of all ages. This is
all over the world have braved the three hours and 20 minutes
to watch the finale of this epic story.
The first film in this trilogy was The Fellowship of the Ring,
which came out in December 2001. The Fellowship introduces
us to the “Ring of Power,” also called “The One
Ring to rule them all,” which refers to the nine evil rings
of power. Here begins the quest of Frodo Baggins, the “Ringbearer,” to
destroy the ring in Mount Doom, where it was forged. Frodo is
a hobbit – a mythological combination of man and fairie,
smaller than a man and distinguished by large, hairy feet.
The One Ring was made for the purpose of enslaving the entire
of Middle-Earth under the rule of Sauron, the Dark Lord of
Mordor, a desolate land to the east of the lands of men, hobbits,
Frodo (Elijah Wood) is joined by Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen),
the king of men; Legolas (Orlando Bloom), an elven prince;
(Sean Bean), son of the steward of Gondor; Gimli (John Rhys-Davies),
a dwarf warrior; Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), a wizard;
and three of his fellow hobbits: Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck
(Dominic Monaghan), Peregrin “Pippin” Took (Billy
Boyd), and Sam (Sean Astin). Their group is called “The
Fellowship of the Ring,” and together they depart to
Mordor, to help Frodo destroy the One Ring.
The Two Towers, the second film in the trilogy, released in
December, 2002, starts where the first ended, with Frodo and
on the road to Mordor, Merry and Pippin captives of orcs, and
Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas searching for them. The first battle
is between the creatures of good and an army of orcs created
by Saruman (Christopher Lee), a turncoat wizard who has joined
Sauron’s cause. As Frodo and Sam approach Mordor, they
are joined by Gollum (Andy Serkis), to whom viewers were introduced
in the first film.
Gollum’s relationship to the ring is established in the
opening scenes of the conclusion of the trilogy, The Return of
the King, when he kills a friend in order to possess his “precious.” The
film has what many critics are calling some of the best battle
scenes. One such battle takes place as the might of Mordor is
brought against the city of Minas Tirith and the major battle
takes place between men and monsters. The Return of the King
divides the action between Frodo and Sam’s trek to Mount
Doom, and the quest of Aragorn to fulfill his destiny and reclaim
his crown and throne, and gather enough allies to defeat Sauron’s
The Return of the King was released Dec. 17, and it quickly
shot up to the top of the box office.
Many critics have commended
the movie and praised it highly, and there has been little
no negative criticism. According to New Line Cinema, the
movie grossed a total of $490.7 million in its first
two weeks, which
is more than what was earned by its predecessor, The Two
Towers, within the same time period.
The struggle between good and evil is what we all live with
in our daily lives, and is the major draw of the film.
The array of impressive locations, fearful
monsters, and the triumph of good make this a great movie to see.