The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
2001: Reprise 48110-2
Its hard to isolate this soundtrack from its two companion pieces and to consider it as it sounded on its own before the others followed (and topped) it, and to an extent its also challenging to remember what I thought of the soundtrack when there was only it and its film to react to.
Some things remain distinct memories, for example my gasp of astonishment upon hearing Enyas voice singing the Aníron snippet for that scene with Aragorn and ArwenId not been following rumours of the films secretive production and had no reason to anticipate this, but even so it was such a rapturous surprise to find that Peter Jackson and crew had tapped such a perfectly Elvish voice *and* wielded it for such a brilliantly magical moment.
The emotional and dramatic range of this part of the soundtrack was, like the film itself, thrilling but nowhere near as deep or majestic as what was to come. Howard Shores score here presents pastoral Hobbit themes and spooky Nazgûl ones in juxtaposition as accelerated and telescoped as Jacksons storytelling of Tolkiens tale wascompactly exaggerated might be the best way to describe that compression.
When I look back at FotR with TTT and RotK in mind, Fellowship suffers mostly by being entirely too fairy-tale in its charming ways.
Comments © 2006 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.