Lord of the Rings Soundtrack Analysis and Review
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Welcome to LOTR Soundtrack.com! This site provides an
overview and analysis of each song in the 3 Lord of the Rings
soundtrack. It also details the events occurring in the movies while
each song is playing.
The links on the left will take you directly to each song
that you are interested in. They are arranged in the order
that they come on the CDs, which is also in line
chronologically with the events of the movie.
The three Lord of the Rings soundtracks created for the Lord of the Rings
movies were done by Howard Shore. Shore has done the scoring
for at least 31 different movies. Shore has created a
masterpiece with the LOTR Soundtrack series, and it will likely be the
biggest score he will do in his career. After all, what
greater movies are there than these three?
Shore combines Celtic music in the Fellowship of the Ring,
which really sets the tone of the Hobbits' Shire. He also
displays an impressive theme for Aragorn and Arwen in the
first soundtrack. His portrayal of the black riders is
stunning - I remember nearly jumping out of my site at one
point during Fellowship when I first saw it in the
theater. This cd alternates between dark music and joyful. It
starts light with an overview of the Shire and turns dark as
the Hobbits flee from the black riders. Then, when Rivendell
is reached the music turns light again. After that comes
extremely appropriate dark music when the Fellowship is in
Moria. It then again becomes light when all but Gandalf reach
Lothlorien. The variations in this track make it an easy
The Two Towers music is my favorite. I find the themes for
Rohan and the Rohirrim to be absolutely perfect for them.
Shore also sets a strong tone for the Uruk-Hai throughout the
films with a thunderous theme that really captures their
presence. The Riders of Rohan track is a spectacular
representation of the Riders. The ending tracks are also
spectacular, with The Hornburg and Forth Eorlingas
giving an astounding finale.
The Return of the King is the last cd and it
couldn't have been any better. Minas Tirith creates a
spectacular tone for the appearance of the White City, only
hinted at in the previous two movies. The Ride of the Rohirrim
is another amazing score by Shore on the Riders of Rohan. The
rest of the soundtrack is one stunning piece after another.
The final songs of the Lord of the Rings
Soundtrack, the Grey Havens and Into the West, create
an aura of sadness at the ending of the film, yet they show
hope and prosperity for those remaining in Middle Earth.
all three CDs are simply outstanding if you are a Lord of the
Rings fan. They are really must-haves.
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