The Return of the King' exhibits the last showdown between the powers of good and underhandedness battling for control without bounds of Middle-earth. Hobbits Frodo and Sam achieve Mordor in their mission to devastate the `one ring', while Aragorn drives the powers of good against Sauron's detestable armed force at the stone city of Minas Tirith.
The Return Of The King ultimately proves up to the series' increasingly difficult task: making movies that echo legends, making legends that reflect life, and reconciling it all with the fact that both legends and lives all eventually meet their ends.
For all its mythic, metaphorical weight, The Return of the King and its two predecessors finally speak to the dignity and humanity of the smallest among us. And the best movie masterpieces have always been made of such common stuff.