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

Common Sense Media says

This will be a must-have for die-hard fans.





What parents need to know

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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk about...

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

Music details

Artist:Howard Shore
Release date:December 9, 2003
Label:Warner Brothers
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
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Great soundtrack!

If you love the movies, (and maybe even if you don't) you'll love this!
Adult Written byshishkabob_nat April 9, 2008
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This soundtrack is absolutely beautiful. Howard Shore really captures the emotion of the film. A must for any Lord of the Rings fan!!
Adult Written byYankeeman242003 April 9, 2008
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