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Your favourite musical moment in AUJ
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The Shire

Sep 6 2013, 4:42am

Post #1 of 60 (2130 views)
Your favourite musical moment in AUJ Can't Post

Many great ones, but for me it's the swell of strings as Bofur notices Sting begins to glow blue in the Goblin Cave.
Honorable mention: The music with the title (best title reveal by the way, love the ring of smoke)


Sep 6 2013, 5:06am

Post #2 of 60 (1323 views)
Hmmm, like the original trilogy [In reply to] Can't Post

there are so many fantastic musical cues. Some of my favourites are right as Frodo runs of and Bilbo says "He doesn't approve of being late" as we pan over the shire.

Also when Gandalf says "All good stories deserve embellishment." Love the music there.


Sep 6 2013, 6:16am

Post #3 of 60 (1274 views)
Gandalf mentioning Radagast ... [In reply to] Can't Post

The scene were Bilbo enquires about whether there are any other wizards and Gandalf begins to talk about Radagast - the music in the background is wonderful ... really nostalgic.

A similar rendition of the same piece of music occurs when Gandalf appears in Goblin-Town with a blast and, in silhouette form, he utters "Take up arms!"Angelic

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Sep 6 2013, 6:34am

Post #4 of 60 (1266 views)
Galadriel: Ae boe i le eliathon, im tulithon [In reply to] Can't Post

"If ever you should need my help, I will come". After the Hobbit Theme during Gandalf's soliloquy, and then "Do not be afraid, Mithrandir", there is the soft but powerful building of the strings as Galadriel speaks this line in Elvish, then it fades to nothing and she is gone.

Don't mess with my favorite female elf.


Sep 6 2013, 7:37am

Post #5 of 60 (1225 views)
all are good [In reply to] Can't Post

But the music while flying on the Eagles is just so outstanding !

Followed by

-Radagasts introduction by Gandalf
-the Misty Mountains theme when the dwarves climb them
-the song of the lonely Mountains

Yeah,in this order...

(This post was edited by NoelGallagher on Sep 6 2013, 7:41am)


Sep 6 2013, 8:33am

Post #6 of 60 (1227 views)
So many good moments... [In reply to] Can't Post

My top five is:

1. When the dwarfs of Erebor charge towards the gate where Smaug is tearing it down, that piece of intense and powerful music is awesome!

2. In Bag end, when we hear Bilbos Theme when Gandalf says: "All good stories deserve embellishment"

3. In the first Warg chase, the part right after they kill the orc, when those awesome drums begins. Also the part where Kili screams "There is more coming!!"

4. Bilbos speech for the dwarfs, teardropping imo :)

5. Of course the Eagles scene, so beautiful...

" Why, O people of Noldor! Fëanor cried. Why should we longer serve the jealous Valar, who cannot keep us nor even their own realm secure from their enemy? And though he be now their foe, are not they and he of one kin? Vengence calls me hence, but even were it otherwise I would not dwell longer in the same land with the kin of my father's slayer and of the thief of treasure. Yet i am not the only valiant in this valiant people. And have ye not all lost your King? And what else have ye not lost, cooped here in a narrow land between the mountains and the sea? Here once was light, that the Valar begrudged to middle-earth, but now dark levels all. Shall we mourn here deedless forever, a shadow-folk, mist-haunting, dropping vain tears in the thankless sea? Or shall we return to our home? In cuiviènen sweet ran the waters under uncloaded stars, and wide lands lay about, where a free people might walk. There they lie still and await us who in out folly forsook them. Come away! Let the cowards keep this city!"


Sep 6 2013, 10:25am

Post #7 of 60 (1186 views)
Eagle rescue, no doubt [In reply to] Can't Post

The amazing landscape and amazing solo singing... breathtaking. Too bad it's only a bit over a minute Frown

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Sep 6 2013, 10:42am

Post #8 of 60 (1175 views)
Mine [In reply to] Can't Post

1.) Thranduil in Erebor (hope this is part of Thranduil's major theme in DoS)

2.) Galadriel's reveal

3.) The march through the Misty Mountains

4.) The opening theme and the logos

5.) Burning puppet in Dale

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(This post was edited by Arannir on Sep 6 2013, 10:51am)


Sep 6 2013, 10:55am

Post #9 of 60 (1167 views)
My favourites are probably: [In reply to] Can't Post

1. Misty Mountains song and theme when the company are walking in the mountains.

2. Music when the Eagles are flying – beautiful, simply beautiful.


Sep 6 2013, 11:16am

Post #10 of 60 (1185 views)
The first theme right at the beginning. (and they ruined it) [In reply to] Can't Post

That theme played over the logos...embarrasingly beautiful.
It's epic, it's emotional, it reintroduced you to Middle Earth, it's just perfection... and yes, it's ruined by MGM.



Sep 6 2013, 11:38am

Post #11 of 60 (1156 views)
... [In reply to] Can't Post

Dont get it why there is complaining about the lion from MGM and the "roaar"....this beautiful piece of intro music is on the Soundtrack as well, without any "roaaring". Its a trademark for MGM and nothing which would bother me .


Sep 6 2013, 12:09pm

Post #12 of 60 (1127 views)
There are many moments for me... [In reply to] Can't Post

A few that stand out are the eagles, any time the dwarf theme comes on (particularly when they all rush to attack the trolls), and the hobbity music that plays when Bilbo feeds Myrtle an apple. It was such a sweet moment.

I also love the elven theme that plays when the elves ride up to attack the orcs. It's grand, heroic and in a way somewhat comforting, signalling aid has come in a moment of peril (although in this case, unintentional).


Sep 6 2013, 12:12pm

Post #13 of 60 (1120 views)
A couple at least lol [In reply to] Can't Post

I love any of the moments with the misty mountain theme in it. Really, I'd also say I love any of the musical moments in the shire, Goblin Town music, and White Council stuff. Cool

Lieutenant of Dol Guldur

Sep 6 2013, 1:01pm

Post #14 of 60 (1113 views)
Flight To The Carrock [In reply to] Can't Post

Movie and not CD:
"The Eagle Rescue/ The Flight To The Carrock". This track is undoubtedly the most beautiful music I've heard for a long time in cinemas. Unfortunately it's not on the soundtrack CDs.

Movie and on CD:
I really liked the "Over Hill" sequence. It gave me this typical LOTR feeling when I first heard it. Also I really like the Gandalf The Grey Theme. It appears when he appears twice at Bag End, when he talks about Radagast and also when he saves the day in Goblin Town... Sorry I have to go on and on... I love the whole score so much and can't wait to hear the one for DOS.

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Sep 6 2013, 1:24pm

Post #15 of 60 (1112 views)
Two stick out for me [In reply to] Can't Post

1) The swell as Gandalf hands over the key to Thorin in Bag End
2) The flight of the Eagles - as good as anything Shore has written for Middle-earth

Sadly, for me, much of the rest of the soundtrack (as Jackson has himself admitted) was a little too "cut n paste" from the original trilogy. Here's hoping DoS (as it has new locations and new characters) will have its fair share of new, iconic themes Smile

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Sep 6 2013, 1:46pm

Post #16 of 60 (1101 views)
Imagine going to a Mozart concert sponsored by Apple... [In reply to] Can't Post

... and all the people have their phones on, randomly ringing.
Yes, beautiful music... and beautiful background of iconic cellphones sounds from Apple...
I have no problems with cellphones, but please, as soon as the music starts, just shut the ... up!


The Grey Pilgrim

Sep 6 2013, 2:40pm

Post #17 of 60 (1051 views)
ahh this is hard! [In reply to] Can't Post

Trying not pick too many LOTR cues.

I kinda cheated and picked 10 that come to mind, but #1 is easily my favorite stretch of score in the film.

#1. *FAVORITE* From Bilbo's standoff with Azog through to the Dwarves last stand and Eagle rescue and flight. Brilliant! My heart skipped a beat.

2. The Hint of Bilbo's theme in Bag End when Gandalf is talking to Bilbo after the Bullroarer Took story "Well are good stories deserve embellishment; you'll have a tale or two of your own to tell when you get back."

3. The Opening Logos

4. Over Hill; great cues in Gandalf and Galadriel's conversation amidst the company leaving. As well as the Fellowship parallel with the Misty Mountains theme during the journey montage. Perfect.

5. The Misty Mountains Fanfare as heard in Goblintown when Gandalf strikes the Boulder with his staff

6. Gandalf's full theme followed by the Misty Mountains theme when he makes his big appearance rescuing the Dwarves in Goblintown. "TAKE UP ARMS! FIGHT. FIGHT!!"

7. Bilbo's speech to the Dwarves.

8. "Out of the frying pan" "and into the fire!....Run...RUN!!!"

9. The Pity of Bilbo

10. Thorin's standoff in the gates of Erebor as Smaug approaches

Werde Spinner

Sep 6 2013, 3:01pm

Post #18 of 60 (1047 views)
I have to pick just one? Argh. [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, if I had to pick just one musical 'moment', I would pick the instance where the music swells as Bilbo glances down at the contract and then back out the window. I really, really love that track - even though it was soooo hard to play on the piano, as fast as it is, and with the left hand jumping up and down an octave every measure. It just conveys so much breathless excitement - it has the voice of a kid screaming, "I'm going on an adventure!" I just love it. Smile

However, if I am allowed to pick other favorites, they would include: (1) any time the Misty Mountains theme kicks in (2) Smaug's theme, heard in the prologue and then at the end of 'A Good Omen' on the soundtrack - it's not in the movie (3) the Eagles' Song (4) 'Warg-Scouts' was another incredibly hard song to play, and I don't care much for it in general, but at the very end, as the Dwarves find themselves cornered, what I've taken to calling the 'Erebor' theme (not the same one as in the 'Erebor' track; this one goes something like C-E, C-F, C-G... argh, I can't remember how it goes; I don't have my music book handy) kicks in. I love that theme, too. Then we get the snippet of the Lothlorien Elves' music, as misplaced as it may or may not be, and that is also grand and beautiful. (5) The chorus when Galadriel turns around to face Gandalf was quite nice, as well.

I just love this music so much, okay??? Smile

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"As he ever has judged. Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house."

The Grey Pilgrim

Sep 6 2013, 3:03pm

Post #19 of 60 (1037 views)
I'm with you! JUST TOO GOOD [In reply to] Can't Post

and you put any time the misty Mountains theme kicks in, I wish I'd thought of that. so true. Wink

Werde Spinner

Sep 6 2013, 3:12pm

Post #20 of 60 (1031 views)
I would certainly argue that there's no such thing [In reply to] Can't Post

as too much Misty Mountains! Laugh

"I had forgotten that. It is hard to be sure of anything among so many marvels. The world is all grown strange. Elf and Dwarf in company walk in our daily fields; and folk speak with the Lady of the Wood and yet live; and the Sword comes back to war that was broken in the long ages ere the fathers of our fathers rode into the Mark! How shall a man judge what to do in such times?"

"As he ever has judged. Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house."


Sep 6 2013, 3:39pm

Post #21 of 60 (1032 views)
Ok I will bite [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah? well lets just imagine, Mozart (or the concert people) told the crowd at that exact moment, to "activate" their phones for musical effect?


Sep 6 2013, 3:41pm

Post #22 of 60 (1021 views)
More like [In reply to] Can't Post

One person's cellphone ringing at the start of the concert and then never hearing it again.

Tol Eressea

Sep 6 2013, 3:56pm

Post #23 of 60 (1011 views)
Axe or Sword... [In reply to] Can't Post

I enjoyed this piece quite a bit. Part of it is played in the background while Thorin explains to Balin why he won't let go of the quest.

The Shire

Sep 6 2013, 4:31pm

Post #24 of 60 (993 views)
I like the [In reply to] Can't Post

Misty Moutains theme as the journey away from Rivendell, the music in AUJ was phenomenal and I remember that bit in particular impressing me the first time I saw it in the theater, which made me use up Christmas iTunes vouchers to buy the soundtrack.

Tol Eressea

Sep 6 2013, 4:51pm

Post #25 of 60 (1003 views)
For me it's the moment you hear the... [In reply to] Can't Post

Rivendell theme kick in as they come out of the narrow passage way and stop and stare in awe at the breath-taking vista beneath them.

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