Tag: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

October 10, 2008 / / Film Notes

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 2003 – dir. Peter Jackson

The Return of the King is the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new era.  The age of the fair folk passes, and the age of men dawns.

In Tolkien’s books, Aragorn the Ranger has a goal of claiming the kingship from the outset.  However, in the films, he undergoes a transition from reluctant leader to king of men.  Of course, such a transition is interesting to watch – we first see him as a shady character at the Prancing Pony Inn, contrasted with the crowned royalty he becomes at the end of the third film.