Posted by: Ectheliual <Send E-Mail> Date: Monday, December 1, 2003, at 8:04 p.m. IP Address: 220.127.116.11
This is purely speculative and of my point of view.. For those of you out there that appreciate the *theme* that Howard Shore has blessed the trilogy with, read on.
I was no more impressed with the stunning visuals of the trilogy than I was the music. Visually I loved seeing a collective group's view of Arda ( Middle Earth in a nutshell ^^ ), but the sound is what captured me. Tolkien wrote to invoke the imagination, so that each person could define the tale in his/her own way. ( A sort of protestant approach to Fantasy. ) Being an aspiring fantasy writer deeply influenced, but not blinded by Tolkien's world, I found Howard Shore to be an inspiration. Literally, in my mind's eye, he translated scene, face, and at times, poetry into brass choirs, drum lines, and stringed heavens. I cant recall my astonishment as I sat through the Khazad-Dum sequences listening to the incredible men's choir rumble like chanting dwarves or the touching scene near the closing of battle at Helm's Deep when Gandalf led the Rohirrim against the Uruk Hai to lift the siege. ( By the way, Eomer was IN the fortress, not leading the charge as Peter Jackson staged him). Or the wonderous, yet deceiving flight from to the ford in FOTR. ( I so wanted to see Glorifindel, but hey Liv Tyler elvenized works.) Even though the score in that scene was a bit awry, the horse gallops depicted in the song was 3, one off of 4 a real horses canter..
Anway, this is my mumbling and yes I realize I am a horrid speller.
"Tis not fantasy that confides me
nor the endless imaginatin that abides thee.
Tis the trumpets in the dismal dark
that whisper hope's lament and the galloping drums
and tis the winded faith of God that stark
drives my creativity into its wild home."