The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

by Howard Shore


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Hailed as an adventure to match Raiders of the Lost Ark for thrills and Star Wars for visual magic, the first installment of the The Lord of the Rings trilogy demands an outsize score. Luckily, composing powerful film music is nothing new for Howard Shore, a Hollywood favorite responsible for The Silence of the Lambs, Ed Wood, and other soundtracks. And if Shore's credentials aren't enough, Celtic chanteuse Enya contributes two magical numbers to this winning soundtrack. Shore's epic score is operatic in length, richness, and variety -- utilizing a 100-piece orchestra with three different choirs. Immediately, the listener is seized by the high drama of this music. The score opens with "The Prophecy," as the powerful somberness of the orchestra's brass and the voices of the choir (singing lyrics by Philippa Boyens in an ancient-sounding language ), conjure images of the majestically sinister Gothic world of Middle-earth. And the magic continues with the "Fellowship Theme," a pastoral melody that follows the main character, Frodo Baggins, throughout his quest. The passage is typical of Shore's masterful musical rendering of both the grand scale of Tolkien's classic and the essential themes of love and brotherhood that lie at the heart of the tale. Among the ten soloists featured is Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins on the stirring "Lothlorien," which uses an Indian bowed lute to haunting effect. This is an exuberant score filled with cinematic thunder and childlike wonder, and not since John Williams's triumphant Star Wars theme has there been movie music so likely to capture the listener's imagination.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2001
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624811022
catalogNumber: 48110
Rank: 32774


  1. The Prophecy
  2. Concerning Hobbits
  3. The Shadow of the Past
  4. The Treason of Isengard
  5. The Black Rider
  6. At the Sign of the Prancing Pony
  7. A Knife in the Dark
  8. Flight to the Ford
  9. Many Meetings
  10. Council of Elrond
  11. The Ring Goes South
  12. A Journey in the Dark
  13. The Bridge of Khazad Dum
  14. Lothlorien
  15. The Great River
  16. Amon Hen
  17. The Breaking of the Fellowship
  18. May It Be

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howard Shore   Primary Artist,Conductor
Enya   Vocals,Track Performer
Elizabeth Fraser   Vocals
London Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
London Voices   Choir, Chorus
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
London Oratory School Schola   Choir, Chorus
Edward Ross   Vocals
Igelese Ete   Choir Master
Mabel Faletolu   Vocals
Michael McCarthy   Choir Master
Terry Edwards   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Enya   Composer
Roma Ryan   Composer
John Kurlander   Engineer
Nicky Ryan   Producer,Engineer
Howard Shore   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Danny Bramson   Executive Producer
Suzana Períc   Producer
Greg Sylvester   Art Direction
Paul Broucek   Executive Producer,Music Executive
Fran Walsh   Executive Producer,Text
J.R.R. Tolkien   Text
Philippa Boyens   Text
Peter Jackson   Director,Liner Notes,Executive Producer

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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are few moive scores that tell a story. And there are even fewer composers that can acomplish it. This movie score perfectly compliments the film and the breath of Middle Earth Magic graces every note.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best soundtracks I've heard in a long time! Fits the tone of the movie with absolute perfection. Really brings Tolkien's work to life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
J.R.R. Tolkien told an great tale about Middle Earth, and the music behind it describes all of it. I think that enya did an excelent job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! This movie gonna be the best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this soundtrack! Each song went along perfectly for what event it was representing in the movie. I also really liked how they put it in order on how they would've done it in the movie, it gave you a picture of what it would feel like to be one of the characters in the story going on this incredible journey. This is highly recommended! Buy it right away
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hearing the music reminds the listener of all the best scenes from the movie. The last two tracks, sung by Edward Ross and Enya, are especially beautiful and ''Concerning Hobbits'' is a lovely, blithe sort of peice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully composed, and written soundtrack. Fitting all moods, sometimes, it makes you want to cry, others you want to laugh and sing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this soundtrack, you can feel the sorrow of the characters, the chearfulness of the Hobbits, and the power of evil. This sound ttrack makes you feel as if you are back in Middle Earth.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this soundtrack! Howard Shore did a great job composing the music for The Fellowship of the Ring. I can't stop listening; seriously! ''Concerning Hobbits'', ''A Knife in the Dark'', and ''The Bridge of Khazad-dum'' are my favorites. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is stunningly put together. It mirrors the mood and theme of the movie perfectly. This is an exellent buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is for ALL lord of the rings fans! Howard Shore does an brilliant job grasping the feelings of the Hobbits! Concerning Hobbits is THE BEST SONG ON THE CD! It will make you feel good even when all hope fades! And the breaking of the fellowship will make you cry and fell the love in this book! BUY THIS CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The soundtrack is great from beginning to end. The beautiful melodies capture each and every scene from the movie. One of the most memorable part are ''concerning hobbits'', ''many meetings'', and finally the ''breaking of the fellowship''. overall, great soundtrack, a must-have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not many movies have a soundtrack that can by itself take your breath away. Not much else can be put into words ¿ you just have to hear it for yourself, either with the film or without.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie ''Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,'' and I found the soundtrack to be more than worthy of the movie/book. Each song brings to mind different characters, different scenes, and a flood of emotions connected with them. I haven't bought it yet, but let me tell you, I'm going to! I've seen the movie 6 times, and both it and the soundtrack have the same mystical, at times deadly feel. Enya did a knock-out job, as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome soundtrack that accurately and completely reflects the mood of this masterpiece. Each song is true to it's part.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Loved the movie and I love this soundtrack! It is really great
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack was awesome. It matched the movie perfectly, with the cheery and peaceful ''Concerning Hobbits'' to the sinister tone of ''A Knife in the Dark'' to the sorrowful ending of ''The Breaking of the Fellowship.'' It was a wonderful score that matched the movie perfectly. Howard Shore, Enya, and the other musicians did an excellent job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thats my big question.....This movie ws soooooo awsome I went to go see it 6 times! But sometimes I listen to the soundtrack in the movie. It told the theme nicley throught the whole movie. It really wanted me to think that a composer that couldnt win before has shown himself to! This soundtrack is soooo unique I have never heard another one like it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! I had been looking for the soundtrack to LOTR ever since November and I finally found it! The music compliments the movie perfectly (Believe me, I've seen the movie 5 times already.) If you stil haven't seen the movie, I suggest you see it soon. Good luck to Peter Jackson, Howard Shore and the makers of LOTR during the Golden Globes and award shows next year, I wish them the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really neat soundtrack. I liked it very much. Two of my favorite songs on it were ''Concerning Hobbits'' and ''Lothlorien.'' Another good song is Enya's ''May it Be.'' Not only does it come with the spectacular music, it also shows you many pictures from the motion picture. It is a must-have item!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundrack deserves nothing less than five stars. It captures the mood of the story in such an awsome way. Even if you haven't seen the movie ( which I really recomend you do ) you can still enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like the movie, this soundtrack has a magic all its own. It's brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is a great cd, I really enjoyed how the composer kept bringing out the theme through each song. I haven't seen the movie, but I have read the books, and the music was so well done, that I can imagine what part it is at when I hear it. My favorite songs were track's 10,11,13,17,and 18
GandalfTheWhite More than 1 year ago
awesome from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
awesome from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!