Regretting what perils his companions had and have yet to endure to be rid of the Ring of Power in his possession, Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) said "I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened." But surely anybody who can even remotely appreciate a masterful fantasy epic has sentiments to the contrary. Without the tragic circumstances in which the good-natured, peace-loving hobbit finds himself, we would be without one of the greatest film sagas of all time. This is a movie about an ordinary hobbit facing extraordinary circumstances with a slew of unlikely companions.
In contrast to the first film, The Two Towers is considerably darker, focusing on awe-inspiring action sequences rather than character development. Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) continue their perilous journey to Mordor to destroy the One Ring. Unprotected, Frodo's resolve weakens as the Ring gets closer to its true master. Darkness rises once again in Middle-earth as the Dark Lord's Army marches towards the city of Gondor. The broken fellowship must make new allies to survive their encounter with Ringwraiths, battle the evil wizard Saruman's terrifying Uruk Hai army and defend Rohan. Thus begins the War of the Ring.
It does not matter if you were originally a fan of the books or if it was the Peter Jackson movies that introduced the world of Tolkien’s Middle Earth to you: the Lord of the Rings trilogy is an amazing feat of storytelling, film-making, and the ability of the entertainment industry to transport audiences to world beyond our own. Return of the King is the penultimate volume in the trilogy, and it does more than wrap things up nicely, it shows us all that there are stories worth being told and passed on for generations to come.