The minute I heard the music for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, I knew without looking that this score HAD to have won an Oscar at least once, because it was that good. It is my opinion that Howard Shore is to epic fantasy, what John Williams has been to space opera (aka Star Wars) and Jerry Goldsmith was to science fiction. Shore’s music defines the entire Lord of the Rings saga (and also the Hobbit trilogy), so much so that I pray no idiot EVER gets the idea to reboot this series (you’d think they wouldn’t, but in Hollywood these days, who can tell…)
Howard Shore ultimately received three Oscars for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Best Original Score for The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King and also Best Original Song for “Into the West” (from The Return of the King).
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