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From the opening scene, a flashback, two hobbits, Sméagol ( ) and his Buddy Déagol (), are at Fishing the River Anduin near the Gladden Fields from the North of Middle Earth. Déagol is dragged into the river with a powerful catch and finds the One Ring glinting from the lake bed. Sméagol sees him it and as they succumb to the Devil’s power they start to quarrel. Sméagol demands the Ring, saying that it is his birthday and it ought to be his gift. The squabble becomes a battle; Sméagol strangles his buddy along with his bare hands and pries the Ring from Déagol’s clenched fist. Sméagol is ostracized from his community and pushed away. Suffering from loneliness and shame, Sméagol takes solace in his love. He takes solitary refuge in caves beneath the mountains, where under the sway of this Ring he resides to a very great age. He dwindles to a hunched, furtive, slinking creature known from the unpleasant sound he makes in his throat “”Gollum.”” In today’s on the outskirts of Mordor, Frodo () and Sam () are resting within an alcove. Sam awakes and finds that his master has not slept. Gollum arrives and urges them to proceed. They locate Treebeard at the tower of Orthanc at the center of Isengard, where Saruman () has already been trapped. Saruman shows them himself. Grima (), who’s still with himstabs him with a knife. Legolas shoots Grima having an arrowbut Saruman falls to his death, landing on the spikes of a large waterwheel. As they are talking, Pippin sees Saruman’s palantír amongst the flotsam and can be entranced by it, but Gandalf immediately takes it out of him and hides under his cloak. The team rides on Edoras, where King Théoden has prepared a large banquet to’hail the victorious dead’ of this Battle of the Hornburg. There Éowyn () reveals affection for Aragorn that Théoden finds; he informs her that he’s happy for her, Aragorn being an honorable man and the architect of the victory at Helm’s Deep. Gandalf communicates to Aragorn his worries. His wicked half senses some uncertainty in Sméagol and insists that when he can murder after (such as he killed Déagol to the ring) he can do it again. Gollum starts leading Sméagol during his plan, to send the hobbits to the clutches of Shelob at Cirith Ungol, after that the Ring can be reclaimed. Sam hears the conversation and beats Gollum because of his treachery. Frodo intervenes, saying that as their manual Gollum is necessary due to their pursuit. Sam glowers as Gollum flashes him an evil grin while Frodo’s back is turned. That same night back in Edoras, Pippin’s curiosity gets the best of himrelieving a sleeping Gandalf of this palantír, he seems right into it. Pippin sees a vision of a white tree in a stone courtyard set ablaze, but in doing this he’s caught by Sauron and filed to mental torture and questioning. Aragorn tries to save him exposing himself to Sauron. Pippin recovers from his ordeal and it’s found that he didn’t inform Sauron anything of this Ring’s whereabouts. By Pippin’s fantasy of the White Tree, Gandalf deduces that Sauron is currently moving to attack the great Gondorian city of Minas Tirith and he rides off to ship warning, taking Pippin with himlest his impulse to check in the palantír (left today in Aragorn’s keeping) reunite again. Leaving Rivendell on her way into the Undying Lands, Arwen () has a vision of Eldarion (), the boy she’ll have with Aragorn. She realises that her father lied to her when he said and Aragorn had no future. She informs her father that as foretold, the opportunity to reforge Narsil has arrived. Gandalf and Pippin arrive at Minas Tirith, City of Kings, that was built from this stone of Mindolluin. There Pippin recognises the White Tree as they proceed to discover that the Steward Denethor (). Pippin swears loyalty to him recompense for Boromir’s sacrifice. Denethor appears to be caught up in his despair and has not taken measures to strengthen the city against the threat of Sauron. Wary of this enemy, they locate the Winding Stair (leading into the pass of Cirith Ungol) that stays concealed from the seas surrounding the accursed city. Just at that instant, the doorways of town open and the Witch-king of Angmar, leader of this Nazgûl, dispatches his gigantic Orc army from his lair, heralding the start of the war. The outpouring of the army is seen by Gandalf and Pippin as a flash of lightning shoots at the opening of their doors. As they leave Edoras, Aragorn finds that Éowyn saddles up together and that she’s girt with a sword, but she insists that she rides simply to watch them off and that the guys have found their captain at Aragorn. The orcs show powerful and induce the Gondorians from Osgiliath; Faramir and his surviving men retreat to Minas Tirith, chased from the Nazgûl. Gandalf, riding out to fulfill with the retreating men, wards off them, saving Faramir. Upon his arrival, Faramir (who fulfilled Frodo, Sam, and Gollum at Ithilien before they headed to the mountain pass to Mordor) informs Gandalf of this dangerous route Gollum is taking Frodo and Sam on, persuasive Gandalf of Gollum’s treachery. The hobbits, lead by Gollum, are trying hard to climb the steep stairs. Gollum reaches and empathises with Frodo, saying that he understands that his pain. Gollum proceeds to play with the hobbits against each other, now by blaming Sam for eating their meals provisions. Frodo, in his deluded state, is leery of Sam and requests him back home if Sam, attempting to be useful, provides to carry the Ring, thus fulfilling Gollum’s adorable forecast. Faramir rides head-long in the arrows of this encamped orcs as Pippin sings for Denethor that unconcernedly eats his noon meal. Faramir’s attack fails and Faramir is dragged back with his horse at a death-like coma. At the weapon-take at Dunharrow, a hooded figure gradually rides a white horse along the twisting road to the encampment from the hills. He gifts Aragorn together with his birthright — the newly reforged sword Narsil, currently named Anduril, Flame of the West. He recommends Aragorn to use this sword to recall the Dead Men of Dunharrow and utilize their allegiance to the heir of Isildur (i.e. Aragorn) to halt the attack of the Corsairs’ ships, that are already sailing out of the south. Aragorn accepts this counselor and rides off that very night to the Dimholt, along with Legolas and Gimli. As he’s preparing to proceed, a tearful Éowyn arrives to Aragorn and begs him not to move, declaring her love for himbut Aragorn, realizing now that Arwen has denied the guarantee of Valinor, additionally refuses Éowyn’s love. The morning after, Théoden rides off to war using six thousand riders, unaware that Éowyn and Merry, who were told to remain behind from the King, are part of the army. The Morgul forces, composed largely of Orcs, start the siege of Minas Tirith by catapulting the heads of captured prisoners over the walls. Denethor sees his son Faramir and considers him to be dead; he also beholds the could of these forces marshaled against him and at he loses trust and his thoughts, ordering the Gondorians to abandon their rankings. Gandalf, however, steps in and incapacitates Denethor, assuming charge of the shield. A skirmish involving Gondorian trebuchets and Mordor’s catapults contrasts before the Witch-king and the Ringwraiths in their Fell Beasts attack, ruining the trebuchets and stitching terror among the defenders. Away in Cirith Ungol, Gollum betrays Frodo into the giant spider-creature Shelob, but Sam proceeds to fight off her. Sam considers Frodo is dead, however if Orcs in the Tower of Cirith Ungol come and investigate, Sam overhears that Frodo has just been paralysed by Shelob’s stinger. In Minas Tirith, Denethor, stricken mad with despair at having spent his sons, prepares a funeral pyre for himself and the unconscious Faramir. Denethor is unaware that Faramir isn’t dead and the pyre will burn him alive. Gandalf and Pippin arrive at the Hallows and manage to save Faramir, but Denethor is thrown on the pyre and as he burns to death, he turns and finds his son stirring awake out of his injuries and exhaustion. Down in town, the battle goes ill with the Gondorians, as the enormous battering ram Grond shatters the gates of this city and trolls pour into. As the defenders retreat to the top heights of town, the orcs crawl through the roads of the degrees burning and massacring the men of Gondor. But unexpectedly in the middle of the chaos a lone horn penetrates the air and all turn to the west and watch the army of Rohan arrive at last, into the rising of the sun. The Rohirrim charge to the Orcs with great impact. Nevertheless their pleasure is cut short by the arrival of the forces of Harad and the elephants, the Mûmakil. The Witch-king descends killing Snowmane his horse and fatally wounding the King. In the back of time, the Corsairs’ ships arrive to assist the stranded Orcs, but it’s Aragorn who jumps off the lead boat, followed by an army of the deadperson. Théoden dies of his wounds and Aragorn retains the Dead Army’s oath fulfilled, releasing them from their curse that they may rest in peace. Sam rescues Frodo out of Cirith Ungol, that is largely empty after a struggle between the two factions of the Tower’s Orc garrison over Frodo’s valuable mithril shirt. They start the long trek across Mordor. Aragorn suggests they lead the remaining soldiers into the Black Gate to draw on the Orcs away from Frodo’s path, as well as distract the Eye of Sauron. Sam carries Frodo up to Mount Doom, but Gollum arrives and attacks themjust as the Battle of the Morannon starts. At the Crack of Doom, Frodo, instead of falling the Ring to the fire, succumbs to its power and sets it on, disappearing from sight. The act alerts Sauron, who directs the Ringwraiths racing towards Mount Doom. Gollum leaves Sam unconscious afterward attacks Frodo, seizing his ring finger and biting off it. As Gollum rejoices at finally having reclaimed his eponymous, Frodo, still under the sway of this Ring’s attraction, charges at Gollum. After a short battle, they fall over this precipice’s edge. Gollum falls into the flame together with the Ring, while Frodo barely hangs with his power failing. Sauron’s Eye screams as his character fades before the tower of Barad-dûr collapses and explodes, forever banishing his power. The Orcs, Ringwraiths and the remaining forces of Sauron are absorbed in the consequent shockwave as the earth collapses under their toes; the Black Gate and Mordor are equally shaken apart. Frodo and Sam become stranded when the surface of Mount Doom is ignored at a large eruption. With the devastation of the Nazgul, Gandalf is able to call on the Eagles to carry the hobbits into safety. They awake in Minas Tirith, reuniting with all the members of their fellowship, all of them but Boromir having lived the War of the gang. This is when everyone kneels down in homage to the hobbits. Frodo, having completed writing his entrance from the Red Book of Westmarch, is experiencing the effects of the wounds that he received in the Ringwraiths at Weathertop and out of Shelob. Before embarking at the havens, Frodo passes the Book into Sam to document the years of his entire life. Subsequently the last boat to leave Middle Earth sets off, yanking away from the coast and passing along the Straight Road to the Uttermost West. Pippin and Merry take their leave and Sam is left staring into the sunset. In the last scene, Sam walks back up the lane into Bag End, where he’s greeted by his wife Rosie, and his kids. Inspired by his family and with the remainder of his life ahead of himSam sighs and says””Well, I am back.”” He moves inside and closes the door as the screen fades to black.
Original title The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
IMDb Rating 8.9 1,553,345 votes
TMDb Rating 8.4 14,546 votes