Do we have a bit of a Hobbit week happening here? Not even slightly. But seeing as how the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit popped up in a conversation today, why not honour some more of Howard Shore’s fine work?
I could, perhaps, bemoan the lack of iconic themes in a lot of big ticket films these days. Gone are the days of mesmerising, memorable scores from John Williams and Danny Elfman that you could hum from the day you first heard it to the day you die. Most action films tend to just slap in generic symphonic action music and call it a day. Not the Lord of the Rings! Opening this piece is one of the most iconic motifs I’ve heard in years, followed by an extended period of ominous gloom. And then a sad bit! If you’ve not seen Fellowship of the Ring, basically this piece is used when things aren’t going terribly well.