“In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, [composer] Howard Shore gave us perhaps the most complete and complex exploration of leitmotifs in the history of cinema, and the result is a score that’s as alive as the world Tolkien gave us,” says the Nerdwriter, a YouTuber who uploads video essays about pop culture topics weekly. There’s one about Seinfeld, another about Inside Out, and, today, there’s one about Peter Jackson’s 2001 blockbuster The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
The Nerdwriter analyzes the themes composer Howard Shore wrote for the film and how they are used in interesting ways to convey the film’s story. You can watch the video below.
Howard Shore’s score for The Fellowship of the Ring won the Academy Award for Best Original Score and the Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack. The soundtrack is certified Platinum by the RIAA and peaked at number 29 on the US Billboard 200.
Howard Shore went on to compose the next five Peter Jackson Middle-earth films and has also composed The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Mrs. Doubtfire, and, most recently, Spotlight. His musical abilities can next be heard in Disney’s Pete’s Dragon set to hit theaters on August 12, 2016.
The first installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy was a smashing success at the box office when it was released in December 2001. The Fellowship of the Ring took in $313.3 million domestically in its initial run ($473.8 million when adjusting for inflation) towards a $871.5 million global total which currently ranks 43rd all time.