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

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

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

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the thrilling conclusion to the epic fantasy adventure that has captured the hearts of millions worldwide. In this final installment of the trilogy, the characters must face their greatest challenges yet as they strive to defeat the dark lord Sauron and his vast army of orcs and ringwraiths.

At the forefront of the battle for Middle-earth is Aragorn, played by Viggo Mortensen. For much of the series, Aragorn has been a humble ranger, traveling under the name Strider. However, in The Return of the King, he is revealed to be the heir to the ancient kings of Gondor, a powerful and majestic realm that has been overrun by Sauron's forces. With this newfound knowledge, Aragorn must step up and become the leader that Gondor needs, rallying the city's defenders and leading them into battle against the seemingly insurmountable odds.

Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam, played by Elijah Wood and Sean Astin, continue their perilous journey to the heart of Mordor, the dark lord's realm. With the ring growing heavier on Frodo's mind and body with each passing day, Sam must use all of his strength and determination to keep his friend moving forward, even as they are beset by enemies on all sides. Along the way, they will encounter old friends and new foes, and will be forced to confront their own doubts and fears as they strive to complete their mission and save Middle-earth from the grip of darkness.

The Return of the King is a breathtaking and emotionally charged finale to one of the greatest film trilogies of all time. With its unforgettable characters, stunning visual effects, and epic battle scenes, it is a must-see for fans of fantasy and adventure alike.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is part of the The Lord of the Rings Collection, together with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers .

Full Cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Elijah Wood
plays Frodo Baggins

Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
In "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Elijah Wood delivers a captivating performance as Frodo Baggins, the brave and resilient hobbit tasked with destroying the One Ring. Wood's portrayal of Frodo is nuanced and emotionally charged, showcasing the character's internal struggle between the corrupting influence of the Ring and his own determination to complete his mission. His performance is particularly noteworthy in the film's climactic scenes, where Frodo's physical and mental exhaustion are palpable, yet his unwavering spirit remains evident. Wood's ability to convey Frodo's complex emotions with subtlety and depth adds a profound layer of humanity to the character, making his journey all the more compelling and memorable. See Elijah Wood's other roles

Ian McKellen
plays Gandalf the White

Ian McKellen as Gandalf the White
Ian McKellen's portrayal of Gandalf in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' is nothing short of iconic. His commanding presence, coupled with his nuanced delivery of J.R.R. Tolkien's dialogue, brings the wise and powerful wizard to life in a way that is both captivating and endearing. McKellen's ability to convey Gandalf's wisdom, humor, and deep compassion for his fellow beings is truly remarkable. His performance is a testament to his skill as an actor and adds a layer of depth and richness to the film that is truly unforgettable. See Ian McKellen's other roles

Liv Tyler
plays Arwen

Liv Tyler as Arwen
Liv Tyler's portrayal of Arwen in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' is a captivating blend of grace, strength, and vulnerability. Her performance brings to life the ethereal beauty and wisdom of the Elven princess, while also showcasing her unwavering love and determination. Tyler's Arwen is a pivotal character in the film, serving as a beacon of hope and a symbol of the enduring power of love in the face of darkness. Her scenes are among the most emotionally resonant in the trilogy, making her performance a standout among the talented cast. See Liv Tyler's other roles

Viggo Mortensen
plays Aragorn

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn
Viggo Mortensen's portrayal of Aragorn in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' is nothing short of magnificent. His transformation from a reluctant hero to a rightful king is awe-inspiring. Mortensen brings a depth and complexity to the character that is both captivating and heart-warming. His intense gaze, commanding presence, and nuanced performance make Aragorn's journey of self-discovery and leadership truly compelling. The scene where he rallies his troops with a stirring speech before the final battle is a standout moment, showcasing Mortensen's ability to convey raw emotion and inspire courage. His performance is a testament to his talent and a significant contribution to the film's overall success. See Viggo Mortensen's other roles

Sean Astin
plays Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee

Sean Astin as Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee
Sean Astin's portrayal of Samwise Gamgee in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' is nothing short of remarkable. His unwavering loyalty and devotion to Frodo is beautifully depicted, making him the heart and soul of the Fellowship. Astin's performance is particularly noteworthy in the scenes where he carries Frodo up Mount Doom, showcasing his incredible acting range and the depth of his character. His portrayal of Sam's resilience and determination is both inspiring and heartwarming, making him a standout character in the trilogy. See Sean Astin's other roles

Andy Serkis
plays Gollum / Smeagol

Andy Serkis as Gollum / Smeagol
Andy Serkis's performance as Gollum / Sméagol in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' is nothing short of groundbreaking. His ability to embody the complex duality of the character, switching seamlessly between the innocent Sméagol and the corrupted Gollum, is a testament to his acting prowess. Serkis's use of motion-capture technology adds an uncanny realism to the character, making Gollum feel like a living, breathing entity. His performance is not only visually captivating but also emotionally resonant, as he portrays the inner turmoil and tragic descent of Sméagol with remarkable depth and nuance. It's no wonder that his portrayal of Gollum is often cited as one of the greatest in film history. See Andy Serkis's other roles

Cate Blanchett
plays Galadriel

Cate Blanchett as Galadriel

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John Rhys-Davies
plays Gimli / Treebeard (voice)

John Rhys-Davies as Gimli / Treebeard (voice)

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Bernard Hill
plays King Théoden

Bernard Hill as King Théoden

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Christopher Lee
plays Saruman the White (Extended Cut) , None

Christopher Lee as Saruman the White (Extended Cut)

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Billy Boyd
plays Peregrin 'Pippin' Took

Billy Boyd as Peregrin 'Pippin' Took
Billy Boyd's performance as Pippin in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' is truly a standout. He brings a sense of warmth and humor to the character, making Pippin a relatable and endearing figure. His transformation from a naive and carefree hobbit to a brave and loyal friend is portrayed with great skill and depth. The scene where Pippin sings for Denethor is particularly memorable, showcasing Boyd's impressive vocal talents and adding an emotional layer to the film. Overall, Boyd's performance is a highlight of the trilogy, adding a touch of lightness and humanity to the epic tale. See Billy Boyd's other roles

Dominic Monaghan
plays Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck

Dominic Monaghan as Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck

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Orlando Bloom
plays Legolas

Orlando Bloom as Legolas

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Hugo Weaving
plays Elrond

Hugo Weaving as Elrond

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Miranda Otto
plays Éowyn

Miranda Otto as Éowyn

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David Wenham
plays Faramir

David Wenham as Faramir

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Brad Dourif
plays Gríma Wormtongue (Extended Cut) , None

Brad Dourif as Gríma Wormtongue (Extended Cut)

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Karl Urban
plays Éomer

Karl Urban as Éomer

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John Noble
plays Denethor

John Noble as Denethor

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Ian Holm
plays Bilbo Baggins

Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins

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Sean Bean
plays Boromir

Sean Bean as Boromir

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Lawrence Makoare
plays Witchking / Gothmog

Lawrence Makoare as Witchking / Gothmog

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Marton Csokas
plays Celeborn

Marton Csokas as Celeborn

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Paul Norell
plays King of the Dead

Paul Norell as King of the Dead

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Noel Appleby
plays Everard Proudfoot

Ali Astin
plays Elanor Gamgee

David Aston
plays Gondorian Soldier 3

John Bach
plays Madril

John Bach as Madril

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Sadwyn Brophy
plays Eldarion

Alistair Browning
plays Damrod

Alistair Browning as Damrod

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Richard Edge
plays Gondorian Soldier 1

Jason Fitch
plays Uruk 2

Bruce Hopkins
plays Gamling

Bruce Hopkins as Gamling

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Ian Hughes
plays Irolas

Bret McKenzie
plays Elf Escort

Bret McKenzie as Elf Escort

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Sarah McLeod
plays Rosie Cotton

Sarah McLeod as Rosie Cotton

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Maisy McLeod-Riera
plays Baby Gamgee

Bruce Phillips
plays Grimbold

Bruce Phillips as Grimbold

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Shane Rangi
plays Harad Leader 2

Shane Rangi as Harad Leader 2

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Todd Rippon
plays Harad Leader 1

Todd Rippon as Harad Leader 1

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Thomas Robins
plays Déagol

Harry Sinclair
plays Isildur

Harry Sinclair as Isildur

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Peter Tait
plays Shagrat

Joel Tobeck
plays Orc Lieutenant 1

Joel Tobeck as Orc Lieutenant 1

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Stephen Ure
plays Gorbag

Stephen Ure as Gorbag

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Sala Baker
plays Featured Orc

Sala Baker as Featured Orc

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Robert Pollock
plays Featured Orc

Robert Pollock as Featured Orc

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Ross Duncan
plays Featured Orc

Pete Smith
plays Featured Orc

Jed Brophy
plays Featured Orc

Jed Brophy as Featured Orc

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Lee Hartley
plays Featured Orc

Billy Jackson
plays Featured Child

Billy Jackson as Featured Child

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Katie Jackson
plays Featured Child

Alan Howard
plays The Ring (voice)

Alan Howard as The Ring (voice)

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Jane Abbott
plays Coronation Elf (uncredited)

Gino Acevedo
plays Corsair of Umbar (uncredited)

Aidan Bell
plays Orc (uncredited)

Jarl Benzon
plays Coronation Elf (uncredited)

Jørn Benzon
plays Rivendell Elf (uncredited)

Emma Deakin
plays Diamond of Long Cleave (uncredited)

Michael Elsworth
plays Círdan the Shipwright (uncredited)

Michael Elsworth as Círdan the Shipwright (uncredited)

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Clint Elvy
plays Haradrim Warrior (uncredited)

Zo Hartley
plays Orc Helper (uncredited)

Peter Jackson
plays Corsair Bosun (uncredited)

Peter Jackson as Corsair Bosun (uncredited)

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Sandro Kopp
plays Coronation Elf (uncredited)

Sandro Kopp as Coronation Elf (uncredited)

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Andrew Lesnie
plays Corsair of Umbar (uncredited)

Andrew Lesnie as Corsair of Umbar (uncredited)

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Joseph Mika-Hunt
plays Orc (uncredited)

Henry Mortensen
plays Pelennor Orc (uncredited)

Henry Mortensen as Pelennor Orc (uncredited)

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Craig Parker
plays Gothmog / Orc Lieutenant 1 (voice) (uncredited)

Craig Parker as Gothmog / Orc Lieutenant 1 (voice) (uncredited)

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Rick Porras
plays Corsair of Umbar / Beacon Guard (uncredited)

Rick Porras as Corsair of Umbar / Beacon Guard (uncredited)

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Christian Rivers
plays Corsair of Umbar / Beacon Guard (uncredited)

Christian Rivers as Corsair of Umbar / Beacon Guard (uncredited)

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Michael Semanick
plays Drinking Rohan Soldier (uncredited)

Michael Semanick as Drinking Rohan Soldier (uncredited)

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Howard Shore
plays Drinking Rohan Soldier (uncredited)

Howard Shore as Drinking Rohan Soldier (uncredited)

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John Stephenson
plays Witchking (voice) (uncredited)

Richard Taylor
plays Corsair of Umbar (uncredited)

Richard Taylor as Corsair of Umbar (uncredited)

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Royd Tolkien
plays Gondorian Ranger (uncredited)

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