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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
• Posted by: Stuart Wilson   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, June 6, 2003, at 12:30 p.m.
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The Lord of the Rings. Gosh, you just say the name and what do you think? Well, when it boils down to the book i consider it one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written. It's geography, its detail and visual imagery is so astounding you can literally "see" the places Tolkein is describing. When it comes down to the score, however, i see it differently. When i heard news about Peter Jackson's interpretation of the trilogy i became pessimistic yet excited. Above all else, i consider any film score vital because it adds that degree of authenticity to it. It helps narrate the story. When i heard Howard Shore was scoring, i couldn't believe it. I was expecting someone like James Horner or Jerry Goldsmith to take the role on board, because they had tackled these tasks before. James Horner had done WILLOW, and Jerry Goldsmith had composed LEGEND, so therefore the themes are essentially in their domain.

Reluctantly i saw the film. I was impressed. Very impressed i might add. What helped made the film believable was Howard Shore's music though. What Shore had done is take all the different themes that Tolkein introduces and interpreted it through use of choirs, strings, brass and a Norweigen fiddle. I bought the CD and stuck it on. I waited patiently as the track listings came up. The first track echoed. It was then that i knew Howard Shore had defined himself as a natural Hollywood Film Composer.

The score is brilliantly orchestrated and composed, using choirs and all different types of instruments in order to create that "Tolkien feel". Shore uses his choirs a lot to define the good and evil forces that roam Middle Earth, and i think he has succeeded swimmingly. The tunes are incredible and the choirs astounding. One of my favourite tracks is the BRIDGE OF KHAZAD DUM. It so fiercely realised that Shore has translated that fear you feel in the book directly onto screen. It is enrapturing and i would vote it as one of the best scores in the past five years. I will recommend it to anyone who wants to listen to an action-abiding album. It's brilliantly composed and incredibly done. Well done Howard Shore.

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