Peter Jackson: a name you might be familiar with. Maybe you know him from the critically acclaimed Meet the Feebles or Bad Taste, but did you know he also directed a little trilogy called The Lord of the Rings? Learn about his vision of Tolkien's famous work in the Director section of our The Fellowship of the Ring guide.
Everyone knows Peter Jackson as the mastermind behind the LotR trilogy, but as is usual in with history; two important women have been sidelined. We're talking about Fran Walsh and Boyens, MNZM. You can read about their role in writing the LotR films, and, more importantly, what MNZM stands for, in our The Fellowship of the Ring guide.
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Tim Sanders, Barrie Osborne, Paul Zaentz, and Wingnut Films: filming a trilogy of such epic proportions requires a whole lot of producers to help it go from whatever's underneath Jackson's frazzled hair to the big screen. Read about all of them in our The Fellowship of the Ring guide.
Helm's Deep is a model?! We were so sure they really built the entire fortress just so they could blow up the Deeping Wall. If you want a behind the scenes look at everything the production design company Weta Workshop was up to, head on over to our Fellowship of the Ring guide.
If you want some Lord of the Rings background when it comes to score, check out Fellowship of the Ring, where we go over some composer and orchestration information as well as leitmotif and it's applications in LotR.
If you're still here, you must be ready to jump straight into the Two Towers score, so let's get to it. We've got a bunch of themes returning from The Fellowship , but often not to the true height of their former glory.
Howard Shore's back and both the Shire Theme and the Fellowship Theme can be heard briefly during the score, but both are subdued thanks to the nature of the broken fellowship and the distance between the hobbits and the Shire. The Ring's theme, on the other hand, is coming out in full force…and Frodo feels more and more burdened by it.
On top of these reappearances we've got new themes that repeat in different ways throughout The Two Towers. One of these is "Gollum's Menace," featuring the tricksie cimbalom. Then there's Gandalf's "White Rider," a waltz that starts by shouting his newfound power and calms as the woodwinds come to whisper of his connection to man and to earth.
Plenty of other characters also get some solo track love. Sam, finally coming into his own as more than a tagalong gets the triumphant "Samwise the Brave," Arwen gets the dreamy "Evenstar," and we can feel Eowyn's longing in fiddle from "The King of the Golden Hall."
What? Not enough massive battle chanting, drum pounding tracks?
Don't worry, compared to The Fellowship, Two Towers takes the full-scale combat to a whole new level…and the score does the same. We'll just leave the thunderous horns of "Isengard Unleashed," and the crashing cymbals of "Forth Eorlingas," here for the next time you want mowing the lawn to feel like cutting through a field of orcs.
Though The Two Towers was the odd man out in terms of LotR Oscar wins for original score, there's no doubt if fits perfectly amongst its companions as a masterpiece of both story telling and awe inspiring.
You probably haven't run into any Lord of the Rings fans, who are too busy pouring over their endless timelines and genealogies of Middle-earth in their dusty basements to go outside. But trust us, they exist and there are a lot of them.
To read up on all their life-consuming endeavors, head over to our The Fellowship of the Ring guide.