The Complete Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Film Music Collection

Musical Score By: Howard Shore

Distributed by: Silva Screen Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            I saw every film in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and loved Peter Jackson's portrayal of the J.R.R. Tolkien books I read numerous times growing up.  Funny enough, though I was pleading for Peter Jackson to be selected to create the world of The Hobbit on the big screen, I have yet to see a single film.  I have, however, heard every soundtrack connected to The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films and couldn't wait to check out this new collection of music released by Silva Screen Records in May 2015.

            A two CD set, The Complete Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Film Music Collection features selections of score created by Howard Shore for each of the six films.  Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the object of the collection is to take you through some of the most dramatic scores in the film and summarize the characters' journeys throughout. 

            The first disc is dedicated to the music of The Hobbit, while the second disc covers the Lord of the Rings.  In this way, listeners get to experience the events in chronological order, as they would have been experienced had the powers that be decided to adapt The Hobbit to film first rather than the Lord of the Rings.  Having listened to the soundtracks of each of the six films, I can honestly say that I never have listened to the musical score in this manner and found it incredibly enjoyable.

            The second CD is a tad longer than the first and is somewhat darker, reflecting the circumstances in the story.  The theme of the hobbits in the Lord of the Rings is a tad bit more youthful than in The Hobbit...a tad more adventurous as befits Frodo, Sam and friends, young and spry and ready for adventure.  The darker nature of the storyline in the Lord of the Rings begets a more dramatic score, featuring darker undertones and choirs accentuating the danger.  There is also that dramatic horn fanfare from the Lord of the Rings that I have loved from the first moment I heard it making the music from the second half of the set my favorite (although I do love the track Ironfoot from The Hobbit).

            The Complete Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Film Music Collection is bound to be a treat for any fan of the films, especially because this may be the first time they have heard the music in the order that the tale dictates rather than the order in which the movies were created.  At $20.00US, this album set is a steal!


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