Return of the King film paired with a Middle-earth menu

F&F-Return-of-the-King

Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, Viggo Morentsen, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, John Rhys-Davies, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler & a thousand others

Rating 10/10

Plot:

– A bunch of goodies, including Gandalf (McKellen) join a bunch of good oversized, slow-talking trees at Isengard and then return to Edoras, in Rohan, the home of the famous horsemen. After naughty Pippin (Boyd) looks into the forbidden crystal ball belonging to the evil Sauron, Gandalf rides with sad old Pip to chat to the Steward of Gondor (John Noble) about defending the city.
– He refuses to call to Rohan for help via a nifty fire beacon but Pippin disobeys his new master and lights the first one anyway and they start getting ready for battle.
– Meanwhile soon-t0-be-king Aragorn discovers that his long lost elf love, Arwen (Tyler), is dying and her dad gives our hero a special sword so he can call up the Army of the Dead to help with their battle.
– As the Rohirrim get ready for battle, the King’s daughter Éowyn and the other hobbit, Merry (Monaghan) sneak into their ranks and ride off to battle with the rest of the soldiers.
– The crazy Steward starts burning up his son, believing him to be dead and Gandalf intervenes just in time. Outside the city walls the battle rages with Orcs, flying dead kings, walking dead kings and over-sized, spiky elephants.

Spiky elephants

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– In another part of the ‘world’ Hobbits Sam (Astin) and Frodo (Wood) are trying to destroy the one rings that rules them all. The ring weighs heavily on Frodo and plays with his mind. Then there are the slimy orcs to deal with and the even slimier, sneakier Gollum (Serkis) who desires the ring more than anything else.
– Eventually Aragorn leads his army to evil Sauron’s gates and readies themselves for the last battle. The tension rises as people are bitten, turned invisible, thrown into fire, and ultimately destroyed. Despair, joy and sadness reign as the last Lord of the Rings film draws to an emotional end.

Entree:

If you’re a little Hobbit-man with big hairy feet on a mission to save the world there’s nothing that kills those pesky hunger pangs like Elvish (Elven?) Lembas and guess what? I’ve found a recipe so all of us can chow down on our own Lembas while we watch this epic movie. Are you keen to try it? Here’s the recipe

Review:

You have to watch the first two films to fully experience the highs and lows of this film. It’s awesome. Director Peter Jackson nailed this story with all the incredible special effects, gooney monster and amazing battle scenes. It really feels like the end of the world could come at any moment and all hope could be lost.

This is a brilliant film, hence the 10/10 rating. It takes you on an emotional ride through battles, through disaster and trials of every kind. The special effects are so amazing, you feel that you’re right there sweating along with the rest of the merry gang. It is the ultimate story of good versus evil and the ending is so satisfying that it makes you want to sit through those long movies all over again.

Even if you’re not into fantasy movies, you will enjoy this one. The characters are so loveable and the storyline tantalisingly rich. You will love it!

Main meal:

I looked high, I looked low and I found what I think is the perfect main meal to eat while watching Return of the King. Remember when the crazy Steward of Gondor is stuffing his face with chicken and tomatoes? Well, you can do the same (though you may want to eat slower for the sake of good digestion) while eating this amazing recipe from Woman’s Day. It is Lemon-Rosemary Chicken with Tomato Bread Salad. Oh my!

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

  • Budget – $94 million
  • The profit on this film for New Line Studios was an incredible 1408%!
  • All 3 movies were filmed at the same time.
  • Jackson considered Russell Crowe and Daniel Day-Lewis for Aragorn.
  • Rhys-Davies also voiced Treebeard
  • Mortensen said that in the filming of all 3 films he killed each stuntmen approximately 50 times.
  • In the 3 films they used 48,000 swords, axes, and makeup prosthetics, 20,602 extras, 19000 costumes were made, 2,400 crew members, 1,600 hobbit feet, 250 horses in one scene, 180 special effects artists used, 114 speaking parts cast, 100 real New Zealand locations, 50 wardrobe hands and 7 years spent in development.
  • Boyd composed the song in the Steward’s court to lyrics from the original book.
  • When the hobbits return home the 4 actors had a lot of trouble: Wood had trouble controlling his pony, Astin was allergic to his, Monaghan was in a bad mood and Boyd couldn’t stop laughing.
  • There’s so much trivia, if you want to know more go to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167260/trivia and enjoy the read…
Dessert:
If you want a true Middle-earth dessert (not exactly in Return of the King but we’ll ignore that fact) Beorn’s Honey Cakes are a perfect choice to finish up your Lord of the Rings evening. These bad boys not only have honey but freshly brewed coffee and whiskey! Hold onto your hats and try this amazing dessert. Here it is…
Honey cakes
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