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What are some of your favorites from the soundtrack?
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Nov 12 2012, 1:05am

Post #1 of 28 (990 views)
What are some of your favorites from the soundtrack? Can't Post

I don't know if this has already been posted, but I was just wondering what are some of peoples' favorite songs from the LotR soundtrack? I personally have quite a few favorites (including Concerning Hobbits, the Breaking of the Fellowship, Into the West...) and also certain parts some tracks that I love. So just out of curiosity, which tracks do you think are your "favorites"?


Nov 12 2012, 3:52am

Post #2 of 28 (520 views)
So many!! [In reply to] Can't Post

They are all magnificent, the best in all films I have watched, for sure. But two that stand out are the shire theme, and the rivendell theme. Arwens theme is just beutiful. It plays when she shows the evenstar to aragorn, and I love it. Once or twice I've even listened to it to go to bed!! Look it up on YouTube, I love it.

I also like the mordor theme, which is the dead opposite, lol.


Nov 12 2012, 3:56am

Post #3 of 28 (518 views)
Dwarrowdelf [In reply to] Can't Post

By a long shot.

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Nov 12 2012, 4:23am

Post #4 of 28 (515 views)
The mordor theme's actually one of my favorites too. [In reply to] Can't Post

Haha, I really like the Mordor theme as well. :D and the Isengard theme. I also agree with you on Arwen's theme. It truly is a beautiful piece of music.


Nov 12 2012, 4:44am

Post #5 of 28 (511 views)
Concerning Hobbits, [In reply to] Can't Post

The King of the Golden Hall, Smeagol's Theme, Gollum's Song, Theme for Aragorn and Arwen. Love them all.

"It was like a great shadow, in the middle of which was a dark form, of man shape maybe, yet greater; and a power and terror seemed to be in it and go before it." ~FotR


Nov 12 2012, 5:11am

Post #6 of 28 (529 views)
ahhhh yes.. [In reply to] Can't Post

As nearly everyone, "Concerning Hobbits" is so recognizable and iconic. It's perfect. BUUUTT.. not one of my favorite to listen to.

I absolutely love "Hope is Kindled" (I think that's the title... the lighting of the beacons). It's so epic and grand.

I love nearly all of the Rohan themes. "The Ride of the Rohirrim" is up there as the best for me, though.

"Into the West" is a musical feast. I love it, love it, love it. It successfully brings back all the emotions I felt while sitting in the theater as the credits started to roll.


Nov 12 2012, 8:46am

Post #7 of 28 (515 views)
I love Shelob's Lair [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope we get something similar in the Mirkwood scenes.

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Flame of Udun

Nov 12 2012, 2:38pm

Post #8 of 28 (500 views)
This is Impossible! [In reply to] Can't Post

However, if I have to choose a single song it would be the Breaking of the Fellowship. Just so many emotions run through that piece

"'Ai! ai!' wailed Legolas. 'A Balrog! A Balrog is come!'
Gimli stared with wide eyes. 'Durin's Bane!' he cried, and letting his axe fall he covered his face.
'A Balrog,' muttered Gandalf. 'Now I understand. What an evil fortune! And I am already weary.''


Nov 12 2012, 3:16pm

Post #9 of 28 (505 views)
Too many to name [In reply to] Can't Post

But I shall list some anyway... (Some of these bits are only present on the Complete Recordings set)

The Dwarrodelf bit (In fact most of the music for Moria)
Farewell to Lorien
Breaking of the Fellowship / In Dreams
Forth Eorlingas on the TTT OST (I don't have the TTT CR yet so I don't really know the TTT score very well)
Gollum's Song
Flight From Edoras
That bit from the forging of Anduril through to Gandalf and Pippin riding up the streets of Minas Tirith
Lighting of the Beacons
Pippin's song
Charge of the Rohirrim (seriously clueless about why this was left off the OST)
Arwen's song
That whistle spurring Frodo and Sam up Mount Doom
"I Can Carry You" Grey Havens rendition
Destruction of the Ring
Into The West
Bilbo's Song

Wow, that was a lot, eh? Blush


Nov 12 2012, 5:25pm

Post #10 of 28 (467 views)
Cancerning Hobbits!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Easily concerning Hobbits or Into the West, Howard Shore is a true musical genius!

Tol Eressea

Nov 12 2012, 6:56pm

Post #11 of 28 (448 views)
Unfair to choose a few because i am very fond of almost all [In reply to] Can't Post

Passing of the elves
Minas Morgul
Minas Tirith
Lighting of the beacons
Moria- Dwarrowdelf
The Nazgul - bit where aragorn and hobbits leave bree
Gandalfs Lament
Leaving of the elves
Battle pellenor fields
Very old friends

etc... so many more Heart

Registered User

Nov 12 2012, 7:07pm

Post #12 of 28 (455 views)
There are so many more, actually... [In reply to] Can't Post

Some more tracks I love are:
Gollum's song
Lighting of the beacons
May it be
Minas morgul
Rohan theme
Isengard theme
Flaming red hair (song from bilbo's party)
Farewell to lorien
and there are definitely more...


Nov 12 2012, 9:28pm

Post #13 of 28 (424 views)
Between us all [In reply to] Can't Post

We must've named all the tracks!Wink

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Nov 12 2012, 9:31pm

Post #14 of 28 (444 views)
Haha, I think we did. [In reply to] Can't Post

:D well, what can I say?? The entire soundtrack is just amazing.


Nov 12 2012, 9:46pm

Post #15 of 28 (432 views)
This is true! [In reply to] Can't Post

In Reply To
:D well, what can I say?? The entire soundtrack is just amazing.

After all, I can't name a track I don't like.

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Nov 13 2012, 2:15pm

Post #16 of 28 (444 views)
The white rider [In reply to] Can't Post

So climatic, gives me the ultimate chills every time. didiDIIIIIII... ahem sorry...

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Nov 13 2012, 4:43pm

Post #17 of 28 (458 views)
That's tough [In reply to] Can't Post

There are so many. Especially when you start pulling items from the EE versions. The pure emotion from the soundtracks just make me so happy and calm that picking one is truly a difficult thing.


Nov 13 2012, 8:33pm

Post #18 of 28 (462 views)
Evenstar [In reply to] Can't Post

Without a doubt. It's absolutely stunning.

"...and his first memory of Middle-earth was the green stone above her breast as she sang above his cradle while Gondolin was still in flower." -Unfinished Tales


Nov 14 2012, 4:09am

Post #19 of 28 (396 views)
Totally agree [In reply to] Can't Post

Flawless peice.

Tol Eressea

Nov 14 2012, 5:51am

Post #20 of 28 (430 views)
A few that I think haven't been mentioned that I like... [In reply to] Can't Post

Flight to The Ford which starts with the the haunting voice over Arwen's otherworldly appearance to Frodo, continues with the pounding horse chase, then the triumphant horns as Arwen races across the Bruinen, turns and challenges the Black Riders, then ends with the same voice as Arwen offers Frodo "what grace has been given to me, let it pass to him."

The Bridge of Khazad-Dum (sorry for spellingBlush) It includes the wonderful Polynesian choir with their goose bump inducing chant, and ends with the sorrowful mourning of the Fellowship after the fall of Gandalf.

Lothlorien - more otherworldly elven singing, so evocative.

Also love all of the music associated with Rohan; that Norwegian violin is so stirring.

Oh, and everything else Wink

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(This post was edited by zarabia on Nov 14 2012, 5:53am)


Nov 14 2012, 11:17am

Post #21 of 28 (435 views)
Evenstar must be the greatest soundtrack [In reply to] Can't Post

Ever composed.Cool Which puts Shore one step ahead of Zimmer IMO.

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Nov 14 2012, 11:54pm

Post #22 of 28 (368 views)
I love the song [In reply to] Can't Post

that Liv sung in the House of Healing, and the Passing of the Elves.


Nov 15 2012, 12:28am

Post #23 of 28 (378 views)
I think Shore is many steps ahead of Zimmer ;) [In reply to] Can't Post

Zimmer's composed some great work, but it's stuck between a lot of phoned-in material as well.


Nov 15 2012, 1:19am

Post #24 of 28 (411 views)
The Great River [In reply to] Can't Post

I have too many beloved parts of the soundtrack to really pick favorites. One I haven't seen mentioned yet is the track called "The Great River" on the OST. That music ties thematically to the on-screen action so beautifully! The starting point is the healing magic of Lothlorien and blessing from Galadriel. A roll of drums marks the passage forward from sanctuary to danger. The Fellowship Theme resurfaces multiple times, in fragments, as the Fellowship strives to reconstitute itself without Gandalf. The building voices sing the Oath of Elendil as the Argonath comes into view, and then...wow! A sweeping and epic brass version of History of the Ring as the Fellowship passes beneath the image of Isildur. The rise and fall of history - of empire - is right there in musical form, as if massive ocean swells were washing over us. We, the audience, are not really given the choice of ignoring the music...it is frontal and commands us to know that the story here is not just in words and images.


Nov 15 2012, 3:16pm

Post #25 of 28 (385 views)
The Lighting of the Beacons /// [In reply to] Can't Post


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