Top 13 The Return Of The King Movie Facts

Following is our collection of The Return Of The King facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of The Return Of The King film message.

In "The Return of the King (2003)", during the epic scene of the Rohirrim Charge Peter Jackson requested that only extras who have read the novel and could recite the scene, to be placed in the front lines as they are aware of the importance of this moment. It's how he ended up with this epic rider.
In "The Return of the King (2003)", during the epic scene of the Rohirrim Charge Peter Jackson requested that only extras who have read the novel and could recite the scene, to be placed in the front lines as they are aware of the importance of this moment. It's how he ended up with this epic rider.
In "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003) the giant eagle that saves Frodo & Samwise, as originally described in J.R.R. Tolkien's book (1955), was inspired by the pub in Oxford where Tolkien famously wrote much of the novels. The pub's plackard depicts a large eagle carrying a boy.
In "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003) the giant eagle that saves Frodo & Samwise, as originally described in J.R.R. Tolkien's book (1955), was inspired by the pub in Oxford where Tolkien famously wrote much of the novels. The pub's plackard depicts a large eagle carrying a boy.

The Return Of The King Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • Peter Jackson had a cameo in "The Return of the King" (2004) as one of the pirates. He was cut out of the theatrical cut, but appears in the extended cut.

The Return Of The King Hidden Details

1 - During the celebration at Edoras, you can spot a young boy doing some underage drinking, much to the shock of the woman beside him.
During the celebration at Edoras, you can spot a young boy doing some underage drinking, much to the shock of the woman beside him.
1 - Merry and Pippin continued wearing the uniforms of Gondor and Rohan upon returning to the Shire.
Merry and Pippin continued wearing the uniforms of Gondor and Rohan upon returning to the Shire.
1 - Two scars on Frodo's chest are clearly visible: on his right the hit received on the chain mail of mithril under the mines of Moria, on his left the wound received by the Witch-King on Weathertop.
Two scars on Frodo's chest are clearly visible: on his right the hit received on the chain mail of mithril under the mines of Moria, on his left the wound received by the Witch-King on Weathertop.
1 - When the gate of Minas Tirith is first breached, Easterlings can be seen in behind the orcs and trolls, which are also seen in The Two Towers when Frodo and Sam reach the Black Gate.
When the gate of Minas Tirith is first breached, Easterlings can be seen in behind the orcs and trolls, which are also seen in The Two Towers when Frodo and Sam reach the Black Gate.

As we see Frodo finishing his manuscript, the director pulls back to reveal the missing finger of Frodo's hand, a reminder of his moment of weakness inside Mount Doom.

Merry's helmet in the Ride of the Rohirrim appears to be repaired. It shows a nice link to how people at that tech level would treat armor. Repair, not remake.

1 - When Gollum finally takes the ring back, there is a brief expression of sadness on his face. This is Sm?agol being sad at what he did to his master, before the ring takes him over and he becomes Gollum again.
When Gollum finally takes the ring back, there is a brief expression of sadness on his face. This is Sm?agol being sad at what he did to his master, before the ring takes him over and he becomes Gollum again.

When Legolas climbs and kills an Oliphaunt, the Oliphaunt repeatedly attempts to swat him off with it's tail.

When Denethor orders his guards to burn Faramir and himself alive, one of the guards looks quickly to the others like "We really doing this? We are? Okay."

The Return Of The King poster
The Return Of The King poster

The Return Of The King Plot

Two Hobbits struggle to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom while their friends desperately fight evil Lord Sauron's forces in a final battle.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of The Return Of The King. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Musical
Director Jules Bass
Stars Orson Bean, Theodore Bikel, William Conrad, John Huston
IMDB score 5.7