“Philippa Boyens, the trilogy’s Oscar-nominated screenwriter and producer, also was willing to offer the films’ devotees a tease. “In film three, a huge part is the conflict between fathers and sons,” she said. “Just as Gollum’s schizophrenia is buried in the story and you have to dig it out, you have this story of fathers and sons.”
Other events to anticipate in “The Return of the King” include the transformation of Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) into warrior hobbits.
“Merry learns how to ride a horse and wield a sword, and we make big differences in Middle-earth,” Boyd said.
Writer-director-producer Peter Jackson says his favorite character in the trilogy is Bilbo Baggins (played by Ian Holm), the humble hobbit whose discovery of the Ring is told in Tolkien’s first book, the “Lord of the Rings” prequel “The Hobbit.”
“We saw Bilbo in the first film,” he said. “He’s a very affectionate character, but we will see him again in ‘Return of the King,’ when the journey ends as the hobbits return to the Shire.”