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Viggo Mortensen in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn in The Return of the King

Release: 2003

Director: Peter Jackson
Writer(s): Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Based on: J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Producer: Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, Tim Sanders
Studio: New Line Productions, Inc.

Runtime: 201 min (251 min EE)

MCAA Rating: PG-13 for intense epic battle scenes and frightening images

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cast and Crew

Viggo Mortensen: Aragorn Elessar

Other leading roles:
Sean Astin: Sam Gamgee
Orlando Bloom: Legolas Greenleaf
Billy Boyd: Pippin
Bernard Hill: Theoden
Sir Ian McKellen: Gandalf
John Noble: Denethor
Miranda Otto: Eowyn
John Rhys-Davies: Gimli
Andy Serkis: Gollum
Karl Urban: Eomer
David Wenham: Faramir
Elijah Wood: Frodo Baggins

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

This movie is the final of three which make up The Lord of the Rings. Frodo and Sam continue their journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring, threatened by Gollum, orcs and the nasty Shelob. The other members of the fellowship continue to rally the forces of Rohan and Gondor to fight the final battles for Middle Earth.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Brief Review

Those who were disappointed in the diminishing quality of the Matrix movies will be relieved to find that films of The Lord of the Rings trilogy just keep getting better. Yes it is 3:20 long, I only wish it were longer!

The extended version, released in December, 2004, contains fifty minutes of additional footage, including the resolution of Saruman and Wormtongue, the Mouth of Sauron, the Houses of the Healing, the romance between Faramir and Eowyn, and much more. In addition, there are two discs with over six hours of specials. I particularly enjoyed the additional insights into Tolkien's life and motivations, and the "Horse Lords" special that delved into the horses, their training and the relationships that developed between the horses and riders. The anecdotes the cast members tell about each other are also a treat.

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

Another deserving Oscar-winning soundtrack for Howard Shore and cohorts:
1. A Storm Is Coming
2. Hope and Memory
3. Minas Tirith - Ben del Maestro
4. The White Tree
5. The Steward of Gondor - Billy Boyd
6. Minas Morgul
7. The Ride of the Rohirrim
8. Twilight and Shadow - Renee Fleming
9. Cirith Ungol
10. Anduril
11. Shelob's Lair
12. Ash and Smoke
13. The Fields of the Pelennor
14. Hope Fails
15. The Black Gate Opens - James Galway
16. The End of All Things - Renee Fleming
17. The Return of the King - Viggo Mortensen
18. The Grey Havens - James Galway
19. Into the West - Annie Lennox

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Articles & Interviews

Lord of the Rings Star is King of the Warriors - Newsday, December 14, 2003
Topics covered in this thoughtful interview include the filming of The Lord of the Rings, Viggo's Elvish contributions to the films, and the connections between Tolkien, politics, photography and life. "What [The Lord of the Rings] is about, and what the experience of working with these people is about," he says, "is celebrating the idea of fellowship and community, celebrating the effort to find common ground and considering that we really do have a lot more in common with others than not."   []

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King - Chicago Sun-Times, December 14, 2003
Filming notes from The Return of the King. Viggo comments on his son Henry's role in the film.

The One King - Film Review 2004 Yearbook (Special #49), 2004
In-depth discussion with Viggo Mortensen about the complexity of Tolkien's books, Aragorn and other characters, exhaustion and other aspects of the filming of The Lord of the Rings.   []

Chronicle of a King - Starlog #318, January 2004
In this extensive interview, Viggo analyses the development of Aragorn's character through the three Lord of the Rings films, and talks about the exhaustion, sadness and satisfaction that he and his fellow cast members felt at the end of the filming.   []

Farewell to the KingFarewell to the King - Starburst #306, January 2004
Interview with Viggo Mortensen about the difficulties and rewards of filming The Lord of the Rings, and of his perception of the character of Aragorn. "Aragorn...makes an effort to understand other peoples, and other races. He uses his knowledge about the history and culture of Middle Earth to understand people better, and he doesn't act without thinking." Sounds a lot like Viggo to us.   []

Viggo MortensenViggo Mortensen - Pavement, Summer 2003/2004, January 2004
Long, detailed, personal interview with Viggo Mortensen about the filming of The Lord of the Rings. Lots of wonderful quotes and anecdotes from Viggo and his co-workers. When asked what he is taking away from the marathon filming experience, Viggo answers, "How we treat everyone else and whether we try to be compassionate or merciful is what makes a difference, what makes a community, and, ultimately, what makes society. That's pretty obvious but a lot of people will just say, 'Oh, yeah, that's all very nice.' But what else is there? That's something that this story is trying to tell you; that everybody has to play their part and do what's right. This movie has just strengthened my perceptions and convictions about that."   [Viggo-Works]

Return of the King Resources

See also the general Lord of the Rings resources elsewhere on this site. The Return of the King - Lists upcoming showtimes for The Return of the King on US premium cable channels. Site also has a brief review and links to related websites.
Viggo Mortensen & Ian McKellan in Return of the Return of the King - Over 80 images from The Return of the King, including some captured from the extended DVD and several production shots. Quite a few feature Aragorn. Most photographs are offered at high resolution, up to 1400x1022. Nice large thumbnails make it easy to see what you're getting. Site also has movie review in German.
Lord of the Rings: Return of the KingReturn of the King movie trailers - From the official Lord of the Rings site, view or download the Return of the King trailer. Choice of three sizes and two formats.
Viggo Mortensen in The Return of the KingVal's Screencaps: The Return of the King - Over 40 screen captures of Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn in The Return of the King. Mostly full-screen, some cropped. Larger than the average screencap, good clarity.