Monstrous spiders, dragon-aided epic battles, endangered hobbits and final farewells ... the finale of the Lord of the Rings trilogy boldly upped the ante. Although the first two films had excited viewers, critics and accountants, Return of the King sealed Peter Jackson's place in movie legend. Reviewers praised it with gusto and the film won a staggering 11 Oscars, a total matched only by Titanic and Ben-Hur. Return anointed a Hollywood empire in the Wellington suburb of Miramar. The box office figures weren't half bad, and nor was the effect on New Zealand tourism.
We come to it, at last. The great battle of our time.– Gandalf (Ian McKellen)
The Saul Zaentz Company
Music composed, orchestrated and conducted by Howard Shore
‘Into the West’ by Howard Shore, Fran Walsh and Annie Lennox
‘Merry and Pippin’s Song’ composed by Plan Nine.