The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

2002: Reprise 48379-2

  1. Foundations of Stone
  2. The Taming of Sméagol
  3. The Riders of Rohan
  4. The Passage of the Marshes
  5. The Uruk-hai
  6. The King of the Golden Hall
  7. The Black Gate Is Closed
  8. Evenstar
  9. The White Rider
  10. Treebeard
  11. The Leave Taking
  12. Helm’s Deep
  13. The Forbidden Pool
  14. Breath of Life
  15. The Hornburg
  16. Forth Eorlingas
  17. Isengard Unleashed
  18. Samwise the Brave
  19. Gollum’s Song

The first time I played this CD I thought “YOW!!!” I had no idea the music was a strong an element of that opening scene as it was, and in fact hearing it without the visuals taught me that it really is gloriously “big” while at the same time indelibly linked with that incredible sequence of Gandalf and the balrog fighting while plummeting to the depths of Moria. As much as I enjoyed the Fellowship of the Ring music, I loved The Two Towers’ music more, largely because of its Rohan themes and the absence of the cute “light” stuff which made up much of the frosting in the first soundtrack album. The first soundtrack was Storytelling, and this one was Drama. The third one, however, was Epic.