I listened to Howard Shore’s excellent soundtrack for the LOTR films while I read The Silmarillion. I’m usually reading on the train and so need to drown out the ambient noise. Given how long it took me to read the book, I’ve probably ended up listening to Shore’s score twenty or thirty times.

Every time, when Emiliana Torrini’s rendition of “Gollum’s Song” comes on, I have to stop reading and just listen. It may be one of my favorite pieces of film music.

Billy Boyd’s performance in “The Steward of Gondor” is a close second, though.

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12 thoughts on “I listened to Howard Shore’s excellent soundtrack for the LOTR films while I read The Silmarillion. I’m usually…

  1. I find it amazing that Howard Shore’s soundtracks to the movies captured my imagining of the books so much more vividly than the visuals. This song often gets forgotten about due to it being in the credits crawl, but it is so good!

  2. < ![CDATA[I find it amazing that Howard Shore's soundtracks to the movies captured my imagining of the books so much more vividly than the visuals. This song often gets forgotten about due to it being in the credits crawl, but it is so good!]]>

  3. < ![CDATA[Daniel Swensen JTFS! I did not know about this. Added to wish list. And now I have to track down reasonably-priced copies of the Complete Recordings versions of the scores. (Apple Music only has RotK.)]]>