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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Windows - 2003

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Alt names שר הטבעות: שיבת המלך, ロード・オブ・ザ・リング: 王の帰還, 指环王:王者无敌, 魔戒:王者再臨, A Gyűrűk Ura: A Király Visszatér, Der Herr der Ringe: Die Rückkehr des Königs, El Señor de los Anillos: El Retorno del Rey, Il Signore degli Anelli: Il Ritorno del Re, LOTR:ROTK, Le Seigneur des Anneaux: Le Retour du Roi, O Senhor dos Anéis: O Regresso do Rei, O Senhor dos Anéis: O Retorno do Rei, Pán prstenů: Návrat krále, Ringenes Herre: Kongen vender tilbage, Sagan om Konungens Återkomst: Härskarringen, Władca Pierścieni: Powrót Króla, Zhihuan Wang: Wangzhe Wudi
Year 2003
Platform Windows
Released in Brazil, France, Germany, Poland, United States (2003)
Finland (2008)
Genre Action
Theme Fantasy, Hack & Slash, Licensed Title, Movies, RPG Elements
Publisher Electronic Arts Ltda., Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer Electronic Arts Redwood Shores Studio
Perspective Behind view
4.22 / 5 - 142 votes

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

Description from the publisher:

  • Based on New Line Cinema's film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings
  • Journey through multiple gameplay paths, taking control of the motion picture trilogy's heroes
  • Defend the walls of Minas Tirith as Gandalf; raise the Army of the Dead as Aragorn, Legolas, or Gimli; and more
  • Exclusive voice-over provided by the actual actors from the films
  • All-new multiplayer co-op mode will let players form their own Fellowship

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How to play The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Windows

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Widescreen fix, dgVoodoo and NoCD files may trigger some false positive warnings by your antivirus, nothing to worry about, that files are safe to use.

The game with widescreen fix and NoCD has been tested on Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 10, works with no problem. We also tested the game with NoCD and dgVoodoo on Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 10, works fine too

Install & play guide:

  • Mount the disc image of CD1. You will need the utility for mounting disc image files, like WinCDEmu, UltraISO, Alcohol 52%/Alcohol 102% or Daemon Tools Lite
  • Launch the installation (if autorun doesn't work - simply launch the installation from Setup.exe inside the disc)
  • Skip the registration at the start, click on "Register later"
  • When the installation process will ask for CD2 - mount the disc image of CD2. Do the same when the installation process will ask for next disc. CD2 and CD3 must be mounted in same virtual drive as CD1, so first un-mount disc image of CD1 and then mount the disc image of CD2. In example, if CD1 was in virtual drive G:, CD2 and CD3 must be mounted in virtual drive G: as well
  • Finish the installation
  • Also it is recommended to install DirectX 9 from the disc (if you're using Windows 10 - enable DirectPlay, read this or this guide how to do it)
  • Then install NoCD (simply copy ROTK.exe from the archive and replace the original exe-file inside the game folder)
  • Optionally install widescreen fix or dgVoodoo
  • Open the directory with the game and find ROTK.exe. Right click on ROTK.exe - Properties - Compatibility - Set "Run this app in compatibility mode with Windows XP" and "Run as administrator"
  • Launch the game and play. If the game doesn't work - try to launch the game, then open Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del by default) and check for processes ROTK.exe and rundll32.exe. Close ROTK.exe but don't touch rundll32.exe (it's a Windows app for running old apps from 32-bit operational systems, most old games running through rundll32.exe). Now try to launch the game again, it must work. Don't forget to close rundll32.exe process in Task Manager after finishing playing


  • NoCD is required for the launch because the game is using SafeDisc DRM protection, which doesn't work correctly on modern systems. That NoCD "breaks" DRM protection and allows the game to work on modern systems
  • If the installation doesn't start - try to launch Setup.exe in compatibility mode with old version of Windows (98, 2000 or XP)
  • By default the game supports maximum 1024x768 resolution, but you can play in widescreen by using the fix from nemesis2000 (simply put files from archive to the game folder and edit lotr.ini)
  • If the game shows the message "Insert Play Disc in CD-ROM" - mount the disc image of CD3 (Play Disc) in virtual drive
  • If you have a problem with Cirith Ungol level, when the level doesn't load and you see only empty room with Sam model - use the fix
  • If you can't hear the in-game sound/music - try to install K-Lite Codec Pack
  • If the game works too fast on your system or you have bugs & glitches - the game was designed to work at 60 FPS max, so limit the game's framerate to 60 FPS. There are 2 ways to do that:
    1. Install an app that allows to limit the framerate, like RTSS or Bandicam, read this guide for framerate limit utilities
    2. If you're using dgVoodoo 2.75 or later version - open dgVoodoo.conf with Notepad and find the line FPSLimit = 0. Change "0" to "60" to limit the game's framerate to 60 FPS
  • If you have troubles with launch of the game - use dgVoodoo utility, this is especially true for running the game on Windows 10. If you don't know how to use it - you can use our ready dgVoodoo config (1366x768 resolution, forced VSync, 4x AA and limited to 60 FPS framerate), simply copypaste files from the archive to the directory with installed game (please note that dgVoodoo doesn't work on Intel graphics cards). If you have troubles with launch - disable all custom dgVoodoo settings (open dgVoodooCpl, go to DirectX tab and put all settings to default)
  • You can also try to run the game through 3D Analyzer with "LOTR Texture Fix", check this thread for more details

Comments and reviews

The Stig 2024-03-30 0 point Windows version

Keyboard is not working...

F3rvo 2024-02-06 0 point Windows version

(Windows10) Extraigan todo el contenido del CD1 en una carpeta, remplacen el ROTK.exe con la versión de Windows 10 que se encuentra en las descargas, extraigan el data.pac del CD2 Y el CD3 en esa carpeta, e instalen el juego .

F3rvo 2024-02-06 2 points Windows version

Disc 2 doesn't work

Helman 2024-01-24 0 point Windows version

Hello man,

Is there a way in which we can enable cheats on Windows when starting the game, or create a cheat file that the game can load up? Many thanks!

micki 2024-01-21 0 point Windows version

edit: tried to run over steam and tried to set overlays with steam,but no chance. the controller is connected but most buttons like direction-buttons don`t work.
I have an old xbox 360 controller for xbox and not for PC but it doesn´t connect with my PC. :/

micki 2024-01-20 0 point Windows version

hey, nice guide and it works fine, but is there a solution for playing with playstation 5 controller?

HafizMujeeb 2024-01-09 2 points

Is there a youtube tutorial on how to install this? The instructions are way too hard for me

PiPPozli94 2023-07-30 1 point Windows version

It worked for me BUT I cannot see text, it shows just blocks instead of letters :( Any idea why?

Mee 2023-07-02 0 point Windows version

I downloades the game but there seems to be a bug in the menu. It clicks on its own even if I disconnect mouse and keyboard… any idea how to fox it (it doesn’t click on its own in gameplay). I’m on Windows 11

Julian 2023-05-15 1 point

To all of my german friends who wished the german translation with sounds + text I added and made it accessible for the admins to upload it to the extra-section.

Upload in extra-section or here:

jones 2023-02-07 0 point

what;s the difference between the full rip and the regular rip?

Othum 2023-01-12 1 point Windows version

Any way to get the Italian version of the game?

admin 2022-10-22 0 point

@DUCKMAN original exe-file is protected by SafeDisc DRM, so if you're playing on Windows 10 - you need to replace it with ROTK.exe from NoCD archive, or with fixed exe-file (seems like it is another NoCD), try both to see what variant works for you.

About widescreen fix - it doesn't improve graphics in any way, just adapts the game to widescreen resolutions. You need to put files in main game directory, next to ROTK.exe. To select desired resolution - edit lotr.ini

About dgVoodoo - it's powerful tool that allows to launch many old games on modern systems. To use it you need to put all dgVoodoo files in main game directory, next to ROTK.exe, dgVoodoo always must be in same folder as main exe-file of the game. Then launch dgVoodooCpl.exe and go to DirectX tab to select desired settings, or leave it as it is. After that just launch the game as usual, from ROTK.exe
As alternative, you can copy only DLL-files from the archive, leaving dgVoodooCpl.exe and dgVoodoo.conf, it will work too.
dgVoodoo is really great, you can run the old games with antialising and texture filtering, even if there's no such options in game settings

DUCKMAN 2022-10-21 0 point

You are a hero. I'm going to try to download the CD3 now, and try that route using WinCDEmu.

I don't think I really understand the other files. There is NOCD, widescreen fix, Windows 10 fix.exe, and the dgvoodoo config files. As I understand it, both the NOCD, Windows 10 fix.exe, and original .exe are all different options of launching the game. Widescreen fix and dgvoodoo are both just visual changes?

The dgvoodoo control panel doesn't seem to actually alter the CONF file though. I open up the .exe and make some changes like disabling fullscreen, but it doesn't seem to actually effect anything when I click apply. Do I need to manually change the CONF file instead?

Thanks again for the help!

admin 2022-10-21 0 point

@DUCKMAN re-uploaded Disc 3 of US version, the archive was broken indeed. Try it now, please

About other problems - try to use regular NoCD instead of fixed exe-file for Windows 10, maybe it will work better. Also, try to launch the game without widescreen fix or dgVoodoo, delete all widescreen fix and dgVoodoo files, leave only d3d8.dll. Then try to launch the game only with dgVoodoo, without widescreen fix, and use default dgVoodoo settings (no AA, Vsync or anything else). Long story short - try different combinations.

And check that you have installed all Microsoft Visual C++ 2005-2022 and .NET Framework packs installed, also I recommend to install K-Lite Codec Pack. The thing with old games - they require old utilities and compilers for work

And you can try to run the game through 3D Analyzer but we haven't tested it ourselves

DUCKMAN 2022-10-20 0 point


I downloaded the full rip, and it sometimes works. It either freezes right after opening while the ring is spinning in the bottom right, as soon as the mouse appears to select my language, or freezes when I try pressing ESCAPE during the Helm's Deep intro.

I am using Windows 10, have tried the FIX for the .exe, and tried all the dgVooDoo config files. I'm not really sure where the game starts failing sadly.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

DUCKMAN 2022-10-19 0 point


I used a different program to unzip the CD3, and it was able to remove the .bin file, but did not have anything to mount. I created a new CD image based off of the CD2 and CD1 files, and manually changed the names of the files in notepad and overwrote the save.

This allowed me to mount the CD3 bin file, but upon installation it only makes it to 91% before saying it is missing a necessary file, then uninstalls everything.

I will try the full zip file download next unless someone has a better workaround.

DUCKMAN 2022-10-19 0 point

I get an error that the archive is corrupt when trying to unzip CD3. Any advice on a work around?

admin 2022-10-17 1 point

@ELENDIL try to install K-Lite Codec Pack, perhaps your system just doesn't have one of old codecs the game uses

@GAMEGERU we added fixed exe-file for Windows 10 systems, thanks

@RYAN according to PCGamingWiki the game supports only local coop, you will need to connect second controller, probably

@MANWË we couldn't find German version online too. If someone has it - please contact us

@HOLY HIGH PRIEST The game should work with Xbox gamepad, I checked Amazon answers, many users said that they played the game with Xbox controller

Elendil 2022-10-16 0 point Windows version

No sound, no audio using full rip (1.78GB). Windows 10. I set compatibility to XP, also tried 98. Any suggestions?

Inspecting the .avi movie files with VLC shows they don't have an audio stream. So that's one thing that seems odd. But no audio for anything else in the game either. Played through Helm's Deep intro otherwise ok though.

Ryan 2022-10-12 0 point Windows version

I'm playing off of the full zip (easiest way, just downloaded and launched) but is there any way to make Co-op work? (I'm on Windows 11)

Manwë 2022-10-09 0 point Windows version

Very splendid rip. Just looked into the Full-Rip and it works without any setup. Just had to adjust the resolution in the ini to my resolution.
Is there a way to add/patch laguages?
Because I want to play the game in german, but I cant find a german version online.

Holy High Priest 2022-09-26 1 point

does this game work with an Xbox360 Controller for PC?

admin 2022-09-16 5 points

We have updated the game, added Mac version + new files for Windows version, including some fixes. And we made an instruction how to launch the game on modern systems.

US version and EU version has the same content, the only difference is that EU version has more text localizations. We added both versions for archival purpose

PCGAMER90 2022-09-15 1 point

Wow! Both the American and European versions of the disc images, plus two types of rips (a full-rip and a smaller one with no music and movies). What awesome uploads, cheers for them all! 2022-09-11 0 point

i down loaded and installed but it will not open even under administrator.

WorkAround 2022-04-26 3 points

Done on Windows 11 without extraction (Ignore if extremely lazy)
- Right click and mount the disk 1 iso to start the process of AutoRun, cd key in the comments, and installing
- At 36% it will prompt for disc 2, do nothing else except for mounting disc 2's iso as well
- Search for and open up the Disk Management program (might have to wait a few moments for it to load)
- Look for the virtual drives for the disc 1 iso and disc 2 iso, proceed to right click and change the letter of DISC 1's virtual drive to something else (DO NOT FORGET THE ORIGINAL LETTER FOR THE REST OF THIS AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE WARNINGS, THIS IS ALL VIRTUAL ANYWAY)
- Change disc 2's drive letter to what disc 1's was, you should now be able to successfully click and continue the installation on the "insert disc 2" prompt but you're not done with Disk Management yet.
- Once that is done, you will be prompted the same for the play disc (disk 3). Do nothing else except for mounting the play disc and then go back to Disk Management. Follow the switching process as previously described (disc 1's virtual drive letter), you should be able to continue and the installer will exit automatically.
- You can now unmount the discs; copy over the crack to wherever you installed the game; click on the game's exe on the desktop and enjoy yourself (I haven't had to worry about 'Run as administrator')
(Don't forget to check ROTK's PCGamingWiki page for the Widescreen fix)

Jasandia 2022-02-18 -2 points

It worked perfectly for me in my Windows 10. The process to install:
-Create a desktop folder
-copy everything from cd 1 to the folder
-copy only the .pac from cd 2 and 3 to the folder
- install the game from the folder an it will automatically load the 3 CDs
-cd key 2KGQ-P2L5-YCC3-AKFB-BDEV
- now just copy the crack to the folder where you installed the game. Now you can use this crack will be use as direct access to the game
-Sometimes you will have to execute the crack as Admin. Right button 'execute as admin'

The only thing it's that the co-op doesnt't work...

Nico 2022-02-11 3 points

Hi, Installed and copied the contents of the crack file to the same folder I installed to (which is the on containing all the files from CD1 folder) and when trying to launch it will enter fullscreen but then kick me out saying, "could not read necessary file - C:\Users\myname\Desktop\ROTK\DATA\LoadOnce.scw"

aznflr 2022-01-09 1 point

it keeps saying it cant copy something over to the file

gamegeru 2021-12-10 3 points

Actually the reason why it won't work on windows 10 is because of an Windows XP problem. Windows XP didn't have a firewall and had a bug in it when you insert removable media it would run it automatically so pirates and hackers would leave infected discs and flash drives around bussiness's and XP would run the media automatically and could infect the entire bussiness. So windows 10 knows that this
game is for XP service pack 2 which is the dangerous one that is why it asks you to login with administrator privilages and try again, win10 thinks it is a virus I should know I have the game.

kingkonglomerate 2021-12-03 0 point

I was able to get the game to install and launch just fine, but I'm stuck on the language select screen and my mouse won't move in-game. Is there a fix for this?

karabast 2021-11-13 0 point

Hello, the installation went fine by your guys instructions, but nothing happens when i run the game. It says "Please login with adminstrator privileges and try again" and when i run it as admin, nothing happens.. as in.. nothing..
Any fixes?

kounpac 2021-08-29 2 points


1kpro 2021-08-26 3 points

the install freezes at 36%. Is there a work around?

lodrocket12 2021-08-06 1 point

Everything is working, it's installed and ready to go, I run the Autorun file and click play and it says i have to install the play disc?

metalhed 2021-08-05 1 point

better question. what's the skinny on skipping the cutscenes?

Maj Lue 2021-08-04 2 points

still wont let me get past disc one says i have to insert disc two.

Virago 2021-05-13 0 point

Black screen on launch with windows 10... Didn't find a way to bypass the problem. Any clue ?

Cat 2021-05-11 1 point

Got it to work but only in english. Why there is no german option when selecting the language in the installation window. Can someone help?

Pestek 2021-04-16 0 point

Hey, I need help.
can someone write step by step how to instal it on win 10
when i try instal i see please insert disc 1
but i have mounted so i dont know what to do

Gandalf 2021-03-05 -3 points

The game is in English

Strider 2021-03-05 4 points

how to install:
-Create a desktop folder
-copy everything( all the iso content) from cd 1.iso to the folder
-copy only the data_pac( only the file with this name) from cd 2 iso(data_2pac) and cd 3 iso (data_3pac) to the folder
- install the game from the setup in that the folder( its part of the content of cd1 that you copied first )
- now just copy the crack to the folder where you installed the game on your drive
- use the cd key 2KGQ-P2L5-YCC3-AKFB-BDEV
*once you've copied the necessary files to the desktop folder you don't need the isos to be mounted.
*once you run the setup , after following the steps above, it will install the game to you drive from the desktop folder you created

after that you can delete it , unless you want to keep for further instalations

macethewindu 2021-03-03 1 point

whats the content pack from cd 2 and 3 all include? I did all this and it says could not read neccesary file and exits out of the game when i start it. what do i do??

johny 2021-02-15 0 point

how to install:
-Create a desktop folder
-copy everything from cd 1 to the folder
-copy only the content pack from cd 2 and 3 to the folder
- install the game from the folder
- now just copy the crack to the folder where you installed the game

Salvus 2021-02-15 3 points

how to install:
-Create a desktop folder
-copy everything from cd 1 to the folder
-copy only the content pack from cd 1 and 2 to the folder
- install the game from the folder
- now just copy the crack to the folder where you installed the game

Gunthi 2021-02-04 1 point


Spr 2020-12-20 2 points

Has anyone gotten this to work?

mother ape ass 2020-12-02 0 point

hey comment above me
is it really in german

lorex 2020-11-16 -2 points

Have I to use DOSBOX or is it not necessary? If the answer is "YES" I already tried to mount all three discs with DOSBOX but then I don't know what to do to start the application. (The previous problem of 36% remains unsolved).

lorex 2020-11-16 -2 points

After I extracted the files, the installation didn't start automatically, so I tried to install it by myself. The installation has get to 36% multiple times and each time it has told me to insert disk 2. All discs are in the same hdd. (I have windows 10).

LOTR 2020-11-12 0 point

If your install wont continue with the next disc, check if you mounted it on the same drive as before (i.e. disk 1 is on D:/ disk 2 needs to be on D:/)

GAMEPLAYER 2020-10-30 1 point

Disc 2 still doesn't work for me, I can't get it to continue to install. Please help.

CD Key... 2020-09-13 14 points


playstation 2020-09-12 0 point

guys pllllzzzzzzz i cant find the CD key pls help

GameFreak 2020-08-03 1 point

i cant find the CD key pls help :(

Gamebro 2020-07-21 0 point

Disc 2 doesn't work. Can't get it to continue the install

gameUser 2018-06-14 -5 points

So, is the game actually in German?

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Various files to help you run The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, apply patches, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.

NocdEnglish version 2 MB PatchGerman Language Patch
Unzip in Game Directory, provided by Julian German version 1.1 GB
FixWidescreen fix by nemesis2000 English version 50 KB FixFixed .exe file for the game to run in Windows 10 English version 2 MB FixFix for Cirith Ungol level (use it if Cirith Ungol level doesn't load) English version 317 KB MiscSerial Key for EU version English version Portuguese version Dutch version Polish version Swedish version 35 B MiscdgVoodoo configuration English version 1 MB MiscSerial Key for US version English version 76 B DemoEnglish version 84 MB

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