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Lord of the Rings Music

Updated on January 31, 2015

A Fantastic Score

The Lord of the Rings soundtracks is one of my very favorite movie scores. Howard Shore did a remarkable job creating distinctly different themes for each place and set of characters, which is impressive considering the scope of Tolkien's novels. Any fan I've ever met agrees that the music is perfect for the movies. I'm personally quite content to have any part of the Lord of the Rings soundtrack stuck in my head, which is something I definitely can't say for every song out there.

The Lord of the Rings has long been one of the most popular book sets in publication. The sweeping narrative and detailed characterization has drawn readers in for decades. When Peter Jackson began to adapt the beloved series into movies, there was doubt among fans of whether is was possible. Once the first movie was released, though, that doubt was erased. While the success of the movies is the result of a huge team, one of the factors is the amazing score put together by Howard Shore. It accents each scene and without it, the movies just wouldn't be the same. I know for me, personally, each time I hear a piece of the music it brings me right back to the movies and makes me want to watch them all over again.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit soundtracks are probably the most popular at the moment. I love that the current soundtracks pay homage to the original Lord of the Rings films while also having their own distinct sound. The similarities help to tie together the two trilogies but they aren't so overwhelming to make the soundtrack feel "used."

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Special Edition
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Special Edition

The score for The Hobbit movies is phenomenal. They manage to remind the viewer of the original Lord of the Rings movies at the same time as creating entire new pieces of music for the current characters and storyline. They are the perfect addition to the fandom and make excellent additions to a Middle Earth fan's collection.

 

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring begins us on Frodo's epic quest. From the spirited atmosphere of The Shire, to the fellowship's peril and the loss of Gandalf in the depths of Moria, to Frodo and Sam's parting from the fellowship--re-live the experience.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - The Complete Recordings
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - The Complete Recordings

The Fellowship of the Ring might be my favorite soundtrack from the movies. I love the theme for the fellowship itself as it really gives you a taste of the epic scope of their quest and the feelings of friendship among the group. If I could choose only one soundtrack to have, this would be it.

 

The Two Towers

In the second installment, we follow what remains of the fellowship as they attempt to stop Saruman from destroying the people of Rohan. We also get a closer look at a favourite character of many fans: Gollum.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (The Complete Recordings)
The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (The Complete Recordings)

While many of the music themes carry over through all of the films, each movie brings new music to the viewers. In the Two Towers, we are treated to the musical theme for Rohan, which is a beautiful creation.

 

The Rohan Theme - Unforgettable

If you're not sure if you really want to purchase the soundtrack, check out this youtube video. It plays a good length of the Rohan theme, an integral part of The Two Towers soundtrack. It shows an image of Edoras, the main city of Rohan. When my tour group climbed Edoras, we all had the music running through our heads. It is by far one of the best pieces of music in movies.

The Return of the King

Howard Shore doesn't disapoint in the final chapter of the trilogy. He continues to deliver a stellar score, including the battle of Pelennor Fields and, of course, The Return of the King. This is not to be missed if your collection is incomplete.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (The Complete Recordings)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (The Complete Recordings)

I love the Return of the King soundtrack as it truly has the epic feel of the final chapter of the movie. No soundtrack set is complete without this particular CD.

 

Favourite Soundtrack

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The Lord of the Rings Movies - Extended Editions

If you don't already have the extended editions of the movies, you need to get them! With deleted scenes inserted directly into the movies and a tweaked score to go with them, they are an absolute must for any true Lord of the Rings fan. Once you've seen them, you'll never go back to the originals.

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions) [Blu-ray]
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions) [Blu-ray]

The extended cuts of the Lord of the Rings movies allow so much more of the story to be told. Without the limitations of the theatre, Peter Jackson has added a couple of hours to the total movies. Not only does this include small pieces and fun scenes, it includes a few entire storylines that were cut out or extremely minimized in the original cuts. These are a must have for any fan.

 

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    • Stephanie36 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie 

      4 years ago from Canada

      @DavidMoses1986: You should definitely watch them! They're fantastic :)

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      DavidMoses1986 

      4 years ago

      I haven't seen these movies yet but still these soundtrack music sounds so great. nice lens.

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      Stephanie 

      4 years ago from Canada

      @AmyLOrr: I'm torn between those two, as well. They're definitely my favorites. :)

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      AmyLOrr 

      4 years ago

      Lord of the Rings is one of my favourite trilogies. And the soundtrack fits perfectly. am tore between Return of the King and Fellowship.. I love them all as well... I cannot wait to see the Desolation of Smaug :)

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      teelover 

      4 years ago

      The Fellowship of the Ring - one of my most loved soundtracks

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      Rose Jones 

      4 years ago

      Wonderful music - pinned to my soundtracks board. My kids and I have loved these movies.

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      Stephanie 

      4 years ago from Canada

      @SimonJay: Same here. The scores are wonderful all on their own. I've listened to FotR score countless times.

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      SimonJay 

      4 years ago

      I don't care if it fits the movie which it does but the fact is the music is fantastic with or without the movie. I am a fan of all the LOTR movies and looking forward to seeing the desolation of smaug. Sometimes while i do other things i have lotr music playing.

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      Bartukas 

      5 years ago

      I love lord of the rings movies and soundtrack

    • Stephanie36 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie 

      5 years ago from Canada

      @writerkath: Wow, that's something I definitely have to check out! Thanks so much!

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      writerkath 

      5 years ago

      To me, a good soundtrack is one that brings me into the movie - almost like it's "part" of the movie, like it would "naturally" be playing in the background of a scene if it wasn't a movie, and soundtracks like this accomplish that for me. I love it that Howard Shore tells us that the Hobbit was open the entire time he was composing. Actually, you can embed the "symphony" video with his interview into your lens! I don't think I can put the whole site here in this blurb, but I'll take out the "www" and maybe you can find it that way: youtube.com/watch?v=u_LAG1RQkCs Have a great day!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      They fit so well with the feel and scope of the movies.

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