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

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

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 6 reviews

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.

Violence

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

Sex

There are hardly any lyrics to worry about.

Language

Not an issue at all.

Consumerism

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 byshishkabob_nat April 9, 2008

Excellent!!!

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

Great soundtrack!

If you love the movies, (and maybe even if you don't) you'll love this!
Teen, 14 years old Written byscreenname911 April 5, 2011

its freakin music with no lyrics

this is instrumental, and good instrumental music. there are no age restrictions.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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