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Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
57:00 | 2003

Categories: Documentary, Biography, History, Sci-Fi

Join National Geographic for a compelling exploration of the real world parallels to the events and characters brought to life in the epic motion picture The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Discover the legacy of history's ''reluctant heroes'' and their striking resemblance to the film's characters. Compare the roles of ''wise counselors'' like Gandalf, and powerful friendships like that of Frodo and Sam, to their historic counterparts. With Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, experience thrilling film footage that illustrates how history changing events are reflected in the film's story of courage and camaraderie triumphing over impossible odds. Includes insights from leading historians, field experts and members of the filmmaking team.


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Gianluca Lazzari
December 28, 2014
Billy Remulak
July 16, 2014
Well, let's drift around through the history of USA, England, Russia, etc. and say over and over again: geez, Lord of the Rings is like history. You could do the same with The Toxic Avenger, to the same result. Awful
John Morrissey
December 23, 2013
July 16, 2013
Charles Chapman
November 18, 2012
Chris-the trouble is that some enemies really are intractably evil, and high minded neutrality about any given conflict grants them a degree of immunity from the righteous wrath which ought to decent upon them.
Ecem Demir
October 25, 2011
i cant watch...sigh...where am i living? NARNIA??
Jay Whitaker
October 12, 2011
Considering the author, Tolkien was a devout believer in Jesus Christ and a good friend of C.S. Lewis, it comes as no surprise this has become such an epic story.
Chris Berg
October 10, 2011
Most of these fantasy movies are about war and conflict; that's why they're archetypal. They use carricatures and exaggerations to make the "enemy" appear evil and conflict so just. Unfortunately, in the real world the "enemy" is not clear and conflicts are so convoluted. I just saw the movie "Ides of March" and was extremely disappointed that political corruption was a politician having sex with an intern when it could have been so much more such as a think tank of liberals always telling Obama what to say on the teleprompter, or Obama getting kickbacks from fat cat socialists who get funding from spending bills for their phony social organizations or phony Green energy companies like Solyndra. What a missed opportunity to teach.
Jonathan McOsker
October 11, 2011
keep your ignorant politics out of Lord of the Rings, please. Isnt there somewhere else you can rant?
Timothy Acken
November 19, 2011
evil is well defined in the real world. it is often tolerated instead of being overthrown
Robert Lewis
January 18, 2013
Duh. The stupid . . . .it burns...........................