The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films: A Comprehensive Account of Howard Shores Scores by Doug AdamsThis 5 star rating is a combined rating for this book and the Lord of the Rings Complete Recordings CDs, which are three sets comprising a total of 10 discs. Id really recommend owning the CDs alongside this book.
I cant imagine this book being as good if you didnt own those CDs, as most of its content is a track-by-track musical analysis of the scores. You could try reading the book while watching the movies but the score isnt always up front in the soundtrack, and you might be distracted by whats on screen anyway.
Anyway, the analysis of the scores is wonderful and has really enhanced my appreciation of Howard Shores work for these films, as well as the process of composing in general. I have limited musical education (studied piano for a few years, over a decade ago) so Adams technical language was a little challenging at points, but most musical terms that crop up are defined in footnotes, and I could follow along with the arguments being made in the analysis well enough.
Apart from the track-by-track section, this book also has anecdotes about the recording sessions (which are brief but entertaining), lyrics for all the choral pieces, and a thorough listing/explanation of every leitmotif and theme used throughout the score. Each one of these is demonstrated on the page in musical notation, so with a keyboard app open on my iPhone, I was able to play along, and found myself grinning as I recognised every leitmotif from the countless times Ive seen the movies.
I can recommend this book highly if youre a combined Peter Jackson/JRR Tolkien fan and you like music; but really only get this book if youve already bought the Complete Recordings.
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The Lord of the Rings (movies)
Tolkien 's The Lord of the Rings. The Ring has found its way to the young hobbit Frodo Baggins. The fate of Middle-earth hangs in the balance as Frodo and eight companions who form the Fellowship of the Ring begin their journey to Mount Doom in the land of Mordor , the only place where the Ring can be destroyed. The Fellowship of the Ring was financed and distributed by American studio New Line Cinema , but filmed and edited entirely in Jackson's native New Zealand , concurrently with the other two parts of the trilogy. Released on 19 December , the film was highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike, who considered it to be a landmark in filmmaking and an achievement in the fantasy film genre. The Fellowship of the Ring is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential fantasy films ever made. Unbeknownst to them, the Dark Lord Sauron forges the One Ring in Mount Doom , infusing into it a great part of his power to dominate, through it and at a distance, the other Rings, so he might conquer Middle-earth.
Tolkien 's The Lord of the Rings. Continuing the plot of The Fellowship of the Ring , the film intercuts three storylines. Frodo and Sam continue their journey towards Mordor to destroy the One Ring , meeting and joined by Gollum , the ring's former owner. Aragorn , Legolas , and Gimli come to the war-torn nation of Rohan and are reunited with the resurrected Gandalf , before fighting at the Battle of Helm's Deep. Merry and Pippin escape capture, meet Treebeard the Ent , and help to plan an attack on Isengard.
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Tolkien 's novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings , set in Middle-earth , have been the subject of various film adaptations. There were many early failed attempts to bring the fictional universe to life in screen, some even rejected by the author himself. The first depictions of Middle-earth on film were realized in as a short cartoon film. In the first big screen adaptation of the fictional setting was introduced in The Lord of the Rings. The story was more or less completed with the animated television special The Return of the King.