God's Gift of Music: Composer Howard Shore and The Lord of The Rings (Part 1 of 4)

Updated: Nov 24, 2021


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"Howard's Shore scores for 'The Lord of the Rings' films are full of voices. They are used to accompany the cultures of Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits and Men and are the primary way we as listeners hear, and engage with, J.R.R. Tolkien's language and poetry. But this vocal music is as much associated with darkness as it is light. In this first of three videos looking at Howard's Shore music for 'The Lord of the Rings', I consider how Shore uses voices, and choral music, to accompany the One Ring's journey, from the Shire, all the way to the fires of Mount Doom." from video introduction.


The Lord of the Rings movies are now over 20 years old. They were one mans vision, director Peter Jackson, of Tolkien's great work of fantasy. Yet for many people, many who have never read the books this IS the Lord of the Rings.

The Lord of the Rings was a series of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson from the novels written by J. R. R. Tolkien. The films were The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003). they were produced and distributed by New Line Cinema, co-produced by Wing Nut Films in an international venture between New Zealand and the United States. The films had an ensemble cast including Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis and Sean Bean.

Like an great movies or movies the music was an essential part of telling the story.

Like many of you I have personally enjoyed the music as much as the movies.


In theses excellent videos from Listening In we have an analysis that is informs us of what the composer Howard Shore had to do but what he had to think through. The act of imagination and the gift of music is part of what our Lord gives us within the diversity of humanity, his children!

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