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

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
This will be a must-have for die-hard fans.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Once again, the soundtrack is far more benign than the movie.


The soundtrack is not at all violent. The movie is a whole other story.


There are hardly any lyrics to worry about.


Not an issue at all.


It doesn't get more commercial than this--big movie, big tie-in, two editions and four CD covers to choose from, built-in web link, just try NOT to buy this CD!

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Not an issue here.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that unlike the movie, the soundtrack has no frightening images to worry about. It's mostly well-composed, well-performed orchestral music.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymasterofthemovies June 28, 2011

seriously, who rates this as 11 and up?

it appears there are Trolls on this site, cause this CD is 95% instrumental with 1 track being a song from the film that some of the actors sing! its not even i... Continue reading
Adult Written byMi3 February 5, 2011
Teen, 14 years old Written byClorox bleach June 29, 2020

If you love this trilogy then this is for you

If you love this trilogy then this is for you
Teen, 16 years old Written byUndomiel January 21, 2019

Not sure why there are any age restrictions on this..

Maybe it does get a little tense but it's all instrumental, so no lyric problems (not that there would be in LOTR, but still).

What's the story?

If it takes nothing short of a phenomenally super-hyped blockbuster fantasy trilogy to get your kids interested in orchestral music, so what? The soundtrack of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING -- number three in the Lord of the Rings trilogy -- evokes drama and passion through its intensely arranged musical instruments and choral vocals, and they are mostly wonderful (though some may consider it just a teensy bit tedious without the visuals). Annie Lennox closes the show nicely with an understated Celtic-style ballad. But mostly there are few lyrics to worry about, so this soundtrack is appropriate for kids of any age, although older kids are most likely to appreciate it.

Is it any good?

The music on this soundtrack is beautiful, tasteful, and gracefully performed. It's also moody and magical, so will evoke remembered images and favorite passages. Perhaps children too young to see the PG-13-rated movie (which is quite long and far more violent than the music) will be able to make up their own stories to this soundtrack, or simply enjoy it on its own. The soundtrack will definitely be a hit with the true-blue diehard fans.

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  • Families can talk about how the music soundtrack helps set the mood and enhance the magic of the movie.

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