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The Return of the King (2003)


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Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay)

Awards, including:
– Screen Actor Guild Awards – Best Ensemble
– Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards – Best Ensemble
– National Board of Review, USA – Best Ensemble

Noel Appleby … Everard Proudfoot
Alexandra Astin … Elanor Gamgee
Sean Astin … Sam
John Bach … Madril
Sean Bean … Boromir
Cate Blanchett … Galadriel
Orlando Bloom … Legolas
Billy Boyd … Pippin
Sadwyn Brophy … Eldarion
Alistair Browning … Damrod
Marton Csokas … Celeborn
Jason Fitch … Uruk 2
Bernard Hill … Theoden
Ian Holm … Bilbo
Bruce Hopkins … Gamling
Ian Hughes … Irolas
Lawrence Makoare … Witchking / Gothmog
Ian McKellen … Gandalf
Bret McKenzie … Elf Escort
Sarah McLeod … Rosie Cotton
Maisy McLeod-Riera … Baby Gamgee
Dominic Monaghan … Merry
Viggo Mortensen … Aragorn
John Noble … Denethor
Paul Norell … King of the Dead
Miranda Otto … Eowyn
Bruce Phillips … Grimbold
John Rhys-Davies … Gimli
Thomas Robins … Deagol
Andy Serkis … Gollum / Smeagol
Harry Sinclair … Isildur
Peter Tait … Shagrat
Liv Tyler … Arwen
Karl Urban … Eomer
Stephen Ure … Gorbag
Hugo Weaving … Elrond
David Wenham … Faramir
Elijah Wood … Frodo
Alan Howard … The Ring (voice)
Sala Baker … Orc / Sauron

With the final battle joined and the legions of darkness gathering, Gandalf urgently tries to rally Gondor’s broken army to action. He is aided by Rohan’s King Theoden, who unites his warriors for history’s biggest test.
Yet even with their courage and passionate loyalty, the forces of men–with Eowyn and Merry 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, 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. Gollum-and the Ring itself-will test Frodo’s allegiances and, ultimately, his humanity.

(taken from The Lord of the Rings)

Elrond (voice over): “Take her by the safest road. A ship lies at anchor in the Grey Havens. It waits to take her across the sea. The last journey of Arwen Undómiel.”
(flashback to Elrond): “There is nothing for you here. Only death.”

Arwen: “Tell me what you have seen.”
Elrond: “Arwen.”
Arwen: “You have the gift of foresight. What did you see?”
Elrond: “I looked into your future and I saw death.”
Arwen: “There is also life. You saw that there was a child. You saw my son.”
Elrond: “That future is almost gone.”
Arwen: “But it is not lost.

Elrond: “Nothing is certain”
Arwen: “Some things are certain. If I leave him how, I will regret it forever. It is time.”
[Arwen approaches the shards of Narsil, wearing a dark cloak.] Arwen (voice over): “From the ashes a fire shall be woken. A light from the shadow shall spring. Renewed shall be blade that was broken. The crownless again shall be king.”
Arwen: “Reforge the sword. Ada.”
Elrond: “Your hands are cold. The life of the Eldar is leaving you.”
Arwen: “It is my choice. Ada, Whether by your will or not, there is no ship now which can bear me hence.”

Elrond: “I come on behalf of one whom I love. Arwen is dying. She will not long survive the Evil that now spreads from Mordor. The light of the evenstar is fading. As Sauron’s power grows her strength wanes. Arwen’s life is now tied to the fate of the ring. A shadow is upon us Aragorn. The end is come.”
Aragorn: “It will not be our end, but his.”
Elrond: “You ride to war, but not to victory. Sauron’s armies march on Minas Tirith, as you know. But in secret he sends another force, which will attack from the river. A fleet of Corsair ships sails from the south. It will be in the city in two days. You’re outnumbered, Aragorn. You need more men.”
Aragorn: “There are none.”
Elrond: “There are those who dwell in the mountain.”
Aragorn: “Murderers, traitors. you would call upon them to fight? They believe in nothing. They’ll answer to no one.”
Elrond: “They will answer to the king of Gondor! Anduril, flame of the West, forged from the shards of Narsil.”
Aragorn: “Sauron will not have forgotten the Sword of Elendil. The blade that was broken shall return to Minas Tirith.”
Elrond: “The man who wields the power of this sword can summon to him an army more deadly than any that walks this earth. Put aside the Ranger. Become who you were born to be. Take the Dimholt road. Ónen i-Estel Edain.” [I gave Hope to the Dúnedain.] Aragorn: “Ú-chebin Estel anim.” [I have kept no hope for myself.]

Elrond:”I Aear cân ven na mar.” [The Sea calls us home.]

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