The story picks up with a flashback which reveals how Smeagol was corrupted by the discovery of Sauron's Ring. Soon it's back to watching his attempts to lead Frodo and Sam to Mordor, where they can destroy the Ring once and for all. But Gollum is rapidly becoming less of a guide and more of a hindrance. His precious ring has darkened him too much, and even Frodo is feeling this dark influence. At the same time, Aragorn must claim his rightful place at the throne of Gondor. But Denethor, father of Boromir and Faramir and steward to the throne, is having none of it. Not even Gandalf can make him see sense. That is only one problem. King Theoden and the army of Rohan must reunite with Aragorn, Gandalf, Gimli and Legolas, among others, to defend the city of Minas Tirith. Hobbits, Pippin and Merry, are ready to lend their own contributions as well, as is Eowyn.
Saruman: Tell me, what word of comfort did you give the Halfling... before you sent him to his doom? [Gandalf sighs] The path that you have sent him on can only lead to death.
Gimli: I've heard enough. Shoot him, stick an arrow in his gob. [Legolas draws an arrow]
Gimli: [drunk] It's the dwarves who go swimming with little hairy women.
Eowyn: (regarding Merry) You should encourage him. You should not doubt him.
Eomer: I do not doubt his heart, only the reach of his arm. [Gamling snickers]
Eowyn: Why should Merry be left behind? He has as much cause to go to war as you. Why can he not fight for the ones he loves?
Eomer: You know as little of war as that Hobbit.
Mouth of Sauron: (taken from extended edition) The Halfling was dear to you I see. Know that he suffered greatly at the hands of his host. [Growls] Who would've thought someone so small could endure so much pain? And he did, Gandalf. He did. [Laughs] (Aragorn rides closer) And who is this? Isildur's heir? It takes more to make a king than a broken Elvish sword. (Aragorn swiftly takes his head)
Gimli: Never thought I'd die fighting side by side with an Elf.
Legolas: What about side by side with a friend?
Gimli: Aye, I could do that.
Production Budget - $94,000,000
Domestic Gross - $377,845,905 (1st)
Worldwide Gross - $1,119,929,521 (1st)
Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $511,313,861
Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $1,515,526,516
The 'extended version' of the movie runs approximately 50 minutes longer.
Other Production Companies:
The Saul Zaentz Company
Alliance Atlantis Communications (Canadian distributor)
Entertainment Film Distributors (UK)
Filming locations include:
Camperdown Studios, Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand
Fernside, Featherston, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Hinuera Valley, Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand
Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand
Erewhon, Canterbury, New Zealand
Glenorchy, Otago, New Zealand
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
Central Plateau, New Zealand
Twizel, Canterbury, New Zealand
Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
1. This Christmas the journey ends.
2. There can be no triumph without loss. No victory without suffering. No freedom without sacrifice.
3. The eye of the enemy is moving.
Into the West
Words and Music by Howard Shore, Fran Walsh, and Annie Lennox
Performed by Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox appears courtesy of BMG Ariola Munchen GmbH
The Green Dragon
Music by David Donaldson, David Long, Steve Roche (as Stephen Roche), and Janet Roddick
Lyrics by Philippa Boyens
Performed by Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan
The Edge of Night
Music by Billy Boyd
Lyrics by J.R.R. Tolkien
Performed by Billy Boyd
Adapted by Philippa Boyens
Orchestration by Howard Shore
Music by Viggo Mortensen
Lyrics by J.R.R. Tolkien
Academy Awards Wins:
2. Director - Peter Jackson
3. Adapted Screenplay
5. Art Direction
6. Costume Design
8. Visual Effects
10. Original Score
11. Original Song - "Into the West"