The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King 6LP coloured vinyl & 4CD+blu-ray

All journeys must come to an end, and so it is the case with Rhino’s glorious limited edition coloured vinyl box sets of Howard Shore’s ‘Complete Recordings’ of Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings franchise. The Return of the King will be issued in September as a numbered six-LP vinyl set and a 4CD+blu-ray edition.

The Two Towers is actually out now, but The Return of the King is scheduled for release in late September. If you have the first Fellowship of the Rings set, you will know what to expect – some stunning music, beautifully presented. The first vinyl box was limited to 5,000 and they increased that to 8,000 for the second and this third set maintains that 8k production run. Also, note that this is definitely a 6LP vinyl set, despite the label mocking up an image showing five vinyl records (d’oh!). The optical disc count increases by one too, so instead of three CDs and a blu-ray you now get four CDs and a blu-ray.

The 6LP buying advice for those in the UK/Europe is the same – get these from Amazon US, because even with shipping and the ‘import fees deposit’ you’ll likely save around at least £50/€60 on local prices. Both of the previous vinyl box sets fell to around $108, and I expect this one to do the same (although not guaranteed due to the extra disc count).

In terms of the 4CD+blu-ray set, things are more balanced and this is actually good value right now in the UK.

The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King will be issued on 21 September 2018.

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The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King 6LP green vinyl box

Side 1
1. Roots And Beginnings
2. Journey To The Cross-roads
3. The Road To Isengard
4. The Foot Of Orthanc
5. Return To Edoras
6. The Chalice Passed
7. The Green Dragon [Featuring Billy Boyd And Dominic Monaghan]

Side 2
1. Gollum’s Villainy
2. Éowyn’s Dream
3. The Palantír
4. Flight From Edoras
5. The Grace of Undómiel [Featuring Renée Fleming]
6. The Eyes Of The White Tower

Side 3
1. A Coronal Of Silver And Gold
2. The Lighting Of The Beacons

Side 4
1. Osgiliath Invaded [Featuring Ben del Maestro]
2. The Stairs Of Cirith Ungol
3. Allegiance To Denethor
4. The Sacrifice Of Faramir [Featuring Billy Boyd Performing “The Edge Of Night”]

Side 5
1. The Parting Of Sam And Frodo
2. Marshalling At Dunharrow
3. Andúril – Flame Of The West
4. The Passing Of The Grey Company

Side 6
1. Dwimorberg – The Haunted Mountain
2. Master Meriadoc, Swordthain
3. The Paths Of The Dead
4. The Siege Of Gondo

Side 7
1. Shelob’s Lair
2. Merry’s Simple Courage
3. Grond – The Hammer Of The Underworld
4. Shelob The Great

Side 8
1. The Tomb Of The Stewards
2. The Battle Of The Pelennor Fields
3. The Pyre Of Denethor
4. The Mûmakil
5. Dernhelm In Battle
6. “A Far Green Country”
7. Shieldmaiden Of Rohan

Side 9
1. The Passing Of Théoden
2. The Houses of Healing [Featuring Liv Tyler]
3. The Tower Of Cirith Ungol
4. The Last Debate [Featuring Sissel Performing “Asëa Aranion”]
5. The Land Of Shadow

Side 10
1. The Mouth Of Sauron [Featuring Sir James Galway]
2. “For Frodo” [Featuring Ben del Maestro]
3. Mount Doom [Featuring Renée Fleming]
4. The Crack Of Doom
5. The Eagles [Featuring Renée Fleming]

Side 11
1. The Fellowship Reunited [Featuring Sir James Galway, Viggo Mortensen And Renée Fleming]
2. The Journey To The Grey Havens [Featuring Sir James Galway]

Side 12
1. Elanor [Featuring Sir James Galway]
2. Days of the Ring [Featuring Annie Lennox Performing “Into The West”]
3. Bilbo’s Song

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Paul, I asked you earlier of which way to go here, cd or vinyl and I decided to get both formats of the whole trilogy. I thought about it for while and decided to use some pennies for the moment. Of course, they aren’t cheap but surely good value and quality releases. Nice to have these soundtracks on vinyl for the first time, but also the cd-sets (as I never bough those expanded boxsets back in the day, my wife only has the regular 1-cd editions of each movie OST). These are after all, possibly one of my absolute favorite soundtracks ever.
So, now the first ones have been dispatched and I should be receiving first package and the 2nd (the final) will be dispatched as the ROTK vinyl and cd are issued on 21st of september.
So looking forward and waiting for the packages, so somewhat got similar feeling as the first movie came to cinemas in late 2001.


Great price on the Two Towers vinyl set now on Amazon, only £105.96 delivered from 3rd party seller Fulfillment Express, order is also eligible for Prime delivery, in the U.K. Maybe this one isn’t selling so well?


Just received both Two Towers Vinyl and CD’s yesterday. So happy to finally being able to get those. Pre-orderd this one already … Thank You Paul for the heads up!!!

Andy Haines

Oh look. UK buyers are being fleeced on the price yet again!! £116 dearer than the USA? How come?

[…] As announced this week, it’s great news that fans don’t have to wait long for the final part of the Lord of The Rings soundtrack reissues, since the ‘complete recordings’ of Howard Shore‘s The Return of The King will be issued on vinyl and CD/Blu-ray in September. […]

Jeffrey Hawboldt

Update from Amazon (on the page) about the vinyl set:

“THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS will be released on vinyl for the first time as a 6-LP boxed set. Housed in a collector’s box with a green leather-style spine, the collection is limited to 8,000 individually numbered copies on green vinyl.”

Also, Fellowship and Twoers started at the same price point, and eventually dropped to $108. Given that this will be 6 LP and not 5, I wouldn’t be surprised if it stays at the current price (though it’d be welcome if it also dropped to the $108!)

Annabel Lecter

I was hoping that Annie Lennox’s second song, Use Well The Days, might have made an appearance.

Jeffrey Hawboldt

Good song, but it wasn’t included in the original edition from 2007 so (unfortunately) it’s no surprise that it wouldn’t be here. Oddly enough that song is not even on the rarities disc that comes with the Music of The Lord of the Rings book.

Annabel Lecter

Yes, it’s never been on CD. Only appearing on an accompanying audio DVD, at the time of release. It’s a pity.

Jeffrey Hawboldt

It’s actually 6 LP (as per the description (‘product info’) and track list) however the IMAGE only shows 5 LPs for some odd reason.

Also, the CD +blu-ray set is 5 discs total: the music will span 4 CDs (as it did with the original set from 2007) and the blu-ray will contain all the higher resolution stuff, presumably on a single disc.

so if you want to barrel through the trilogy:

16 LPs
10 CDs
3 (possibly , though unlikely 4) blu-ray audios.

Scott G

These new box sets are just re-releases of the original CD/DVD-Audio box sets but with Blu-ray Audio disc replacing the DVD-Audi0 disc. The Return Of The King DVD-Audio disc is a double sided DVD-Audio disc which at dual layer capacity can hold a max of 17GB of data. A single layer Blu-ray disc can hold 25GB so I presume it will only be a single Blu-ray disc.

Jeffrey Hawboldt

Makes sense, I was speculating bcause I wasn’t sure how it’d be packaged :/ do double-sided blu-rays exist?? I sure hope not :P


Pre-ordered the vinyl, thank you. Looking forward to seeing all three sets take pride of place on the shelf.

Chris Squires

It wouldn’t surprise me if it is 6LP.

The previous two sets appeared at $119 is the US and dropped to $108 on release for 5 LP sets. So this one starting at $135 would fit in with that (if it were 6LP) and hopefully it will drop like the other two to somewhere around the $120 mark before release.

This should translate to £120 to the UK all in (Postage and taxes) The UK price WILL drop to somewhere around the £170 point, so it’ll be another £50 saving by going to the US of A.

Craig E

5 or 6 disc vinyl? Although the picture shows 5 the listings on all sites & the track listing indicate a 6 LP set

Gis Bun

The CD/BR picture show what looks like 5 discs, not 4.

Manuel Dengler

It’s six !
Can someone tell me where I can find the edition number ?
It says individually numbered, but I can’t find it !