Howard Shore
The Lord of the Rings: Complete Trilogy


5.0
classic

Review

by DarthMann USER (21 Reviews)
January 28th, 2012 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gollum. Frodo. Samwise. Gandalf. Aragorn. Merry. Pippin. Legolas. Gimli. Boromir. Take the ring... and destroy it.

First and foremost, it is of extravagant importance that I explain to you the nature of movies, and the subsequent followings they ascertain. There are those, who after watching a range of films at the same high quality portrayed in the Lord of the Rings, merely dismiss everything they have seen and continue about everyday life, not caring they have the knowledge to stop the imminent attack on ‘Middle-Earth’ (this is most likely referring to the Caribbean, as that is located near the centre of our world.) We call these despicable beings ‘non-believers.’ Then there are some whom, after witnessing Lord of the Rings, just cannot stop reliving it, over and over again, wishing that Aragorn and the crew were real. (Even though they are real, nowadays human minds are so narrow they can’t even take in that there are mythical creatures hiding in the West Indies.)They are the kind who buy box sets from their local DVD market for over one hundred dollars, simply because they now cannot live without Frodo, Gollum and the rest of the gang. They guzzle collectibles like cocaine. These heroic men -and women- are rejoiced as saviours, in elvish tongue. It is in the nature of these ‘saviours’ to instantly be obliged to add another addition to their collection of Lord of the Rings material – the complete soundtrack.

While non-believers may still get the work by Howard Shore, simply because it is a masterpiece to whoevers ears it blesses, they will not play it at one in the evening, wearing nothing but underpants and a battle-helmet, shrieking gruesome war-cries as prominently cited in a saviours behavioural instinct. Either Howard Shore adored the novels by J.R.R Tolkien, or he was getting paid a ridiculous amount, as the uncanny brilliance of this soundtrack is one that is not matched by any other film score. Whilst listening to this album –better appreciated if you are a saviour- the nostalgic memories that come pouring out from just one full listen (which can take a while seeing as it is 57 songs in its entirety) is phenomenal. You can feel yourself flying merrily over the Shire when the piece ‘Concerning Hobbits,’ begins its round, and the fear that drives a dagger through your heart when listening to ‘Minas Morgul,’ is striking. A beautiful movie has to be accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack, and Howard Shore’s masterpiece would surpass anyone’s expectations.

Notice the use of the term ‘masterpiece’ in the previous entry? It is of upmost importance that an adjective so vociferous is used to describe this record. However, rest assured that there is not a single word in the elvish dictionary (and definitely none in the English version) that can quite recapture the value of this soundtrack that the ears can. The musicianship is one that will be talked about for ages to come by both saviours and those pesky non-believers. String sections are obviously prominent, and nearly always bring a tear to the listeners eye (except of course in the dark and evil tracks, but they may too bring out the waterworks just from sheer terror). There are many guest appearances from ‘saviours’ who attempt to imitate the evlish tongue, a laughable attempt, but one that shows the determination from director and musician alike, to make the movie fulfil as much as Tolkien’s vision as possible. Then of course there is the master instrument, the one that creates such an essence, an aura, that not even a Uruk-Hai combined with an Ent using the ‘Sting’ could dare try and shatter it. Of course, it is the Pan Flute (capitals are required to do it justice). Wherever it appears, a subtle lull comes into play that can unintentionally force even a vicious ring-wraith to ponder about the meaning of life.
‘A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.’

‘The thieves. The thieves. The filthy little thieves. Where is it? Where is it? They stole it from us. My precious. Curse them. We hates them. It’s ours, it is, and we wants it.’

‘What are we holding onto, Sam?’
‘That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.’

Those unforgettable moments in the movie are relived with the music. J.R.R Tolkiens world lives on with a fire inside – one that has been created by both Peter Jackson and Howard Shore. The Complete Soundtrack to the Lord of the Rings brings out emotions we never believed we could have felt whilst watching the demise of Middle-Earth. Our hatred for Gollum’s betrayal reaches a whole new leve, yet so does our pity for the hapless creature.
This is a masterpiece. Meisterwerk. ت*فة. Αριστούργημα. obra maestra.

Originally written by Sir Bennight, son of Colenight

Translated by King Aragorn, son of Arathorn




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Killerhit
January 28th 2012


5254 Comments


This is so brilliant I have to pos

TheSpirit
January 28th 2012


17990 Comments


my avatar and i agree this is classic

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wacknizzle
January 28th 2012


13613 Comments


i wanna hear this but ill probably just watch the movies

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TheSpirit
January 28th 2012


17990 Comments


watching the webisodes for the hobbit and damn, anything involving this project gives me the chills... these movies and the music means so much to me, i can't wait for it all to the return when the movies are released

TheSpirit
January 28th 2012


17990 Comments


go on youtube and search for hobbit webisodes... there are five of them so far, all awesome

Acanthus
January 29th 2012


9545 Comments


Have the soundtracks, great stuff.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2012


50864 Comments


howard snore more like it
jk

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2012


50864 Comments


Thanks buddy

Parallels
January 29th 2012


6643 Comments


damn orcs

porch
January 29th 2012


8460 Comments


i negged after reading the first two sentences

Dimor
March 3rd 2012


1832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is fucking amazing

TheSpirit
March 3rd 2012


17990 Comments


yea

TBliss2
March 3rd 2012


504 Comments


Been a Tolkien dork all my life. Cant wait for The Hobbit.

TheSpirit
March 3rd 2012


17990 Comments


counting down the days

TBliss2
March 4th 2012


504 Comments


Not sure how I feel about it being in 3D though...

TheSpirit
March 4th 2012


17990 Comments


it's gonna be awesome

TBliss2
March 4th 2012


504 Comments


im convinced

oltnabrick
September 28th 2012


31291 Comments


Is Howard Shore doing the Hobbit soundtrack?

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Dimor
September 28th 2012


1832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

im quite positive he is

oltnabrick
September 28th 2012


31291 Comments


Sweet



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