Chuck Colson

According to screenwriters Boyens and Walsh, The Return of the King is ultimately about faith: faith in the need for good to oppose evil; faith in those who join you in that struggle; and faith in a higher power that ensures good’s eventual triumph.

Seven years ago, bringing Tolkien’s masterpiece to the screen in a way that did the story justice was considered unlikely—even less likely that it would honor Tolkien’s faith. But that is what this film does. And that makes The Return of the King an easy one to recommend. A great book has become a great film precisely because it remembers what the author thought was “most important”—the truths of a Christian worldview.

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Visit the website for The Return of the King .

Michael H. Kleinschrodt, “ Actor Sean Astin saw Hobbit’s courage from the beginning ,” The Times-Picayune ( New Orleans ), 12 December 2003 .

Steve Beard, “ The Return of the King ,”

Jeffrey Overstreet, “ Film Forum: Christian Critics Hail Third Rings, Harass Last Samurai,” Christianity Today, 11 December 2003 .

Monique Devereux, “ The Return of the King—the international verdict ,” New Zealand Herald, 9 December 2003 . Read more articles on the making of the trilogy from the Herald.

Read more about The Return of the King at

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (Houghton Mifflin, 1974).

Kurt D. Bruner, Finding God in the Lord of the Rings (Tyndale, 2001).

See the BreakPoint Commentaries: “ Preparatio Evangelica ,” “ Now at a Theater Near You ,” and “ Defrocking Frodo and the Death of the Imagination .” (Archived commentaries; free registration required.)

Roberto Rivera , “ The Lord of the Rings ,” Boundless, 20 December 2001.

Gina Dalfonzo , “ The Myth That Really Happened ,” BreakPointOnline, 23 December 2002.

Kelley Reep , “ Between Two Masters ,” BreakPointOnline, 24 January 2003.

Colleen Carroll, “ Tolkien, Transformer of Culture ,” BreakPointOnline, 19 April 2002.

Steven Garber, “ Good Books, Bad Books ,” BreakPointWorldView, January/February 2003.

See the “ BreakPoint with Chuck Colson Recommended Films List .”

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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