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there is a girl on YouTube who does piano renditions of the music from the movie. She does it by ear, with no paper music whatsoever.

She also does Narnia stuff (that's actually her main thing), Christian Contemporary stuff like Tenth Avenue North, and she did a couple (I think) from Twilight.

Her channel name is "theheartrender." You've got to check her out.
What kinda LOTR is out there? I know of the movie soundtracks, David Arkenstone's "Middle Earth", John De Meij's LOTR inspired music, and Bob Catley's rock album, "Middle Earth". I personally like Bob Catley's album the best ... just because I'm a Bob Catley fan, but is there any other LOTR music out there?
I have a Rick Wakeman album inspired by LotR (on vinyl). I'll have to flip through the rest of my vinyl because I think there might be another prog-rock band who put out a LotR inspired album.

The Great Luke Ski did a parody song based on LotR.

I wish I knew how to make the video show up here. But alas, I don't.

I'm not sure it's what you meant, but it is actually a real good song.
Hey Beren, I know that girl--she goes by MissAravis on Narniaweb and she is a fantastic pianist, a lovely singer, and she's cute too :oops: . I wish I could play like that, but I have to multitrack to achieve that sort of complexity.

I very much regret to admit. . . that in the early mid-to-late 90's, I saw that video, which my friend said I just [i:369bn4fo]had[/i:369bn4fo] to see. So, I went over to his house, and sure enough on his VHS, he had it taped, and it came up on his television. I just sat there, watching it, a blank stare. After it ended, I remember it exactly, my words were "What the crap was that about, and why the heck is Spock there?". My friend told me he was singing about Hobbits and the Shire, and of Lord of the Rings.

I was very much confused. I just totally disregarded what had happened, and a few weeks later I ended up at the library. And sure enough, I saw a book entitled "[u:369bn4fo]The Hobbit[/u:369bn4fo]". I had a little bit of a Flashback and remembered Spock singin' his little Spock song, and I just though "Why not?", picked out the book, bought it, went home. And sure enough, I have read the whole series numerous amount of times, and here I am now, randomly posting on Lord of The Rings inspired Forums.

I am quite sad to admit that such a goofy thing got me into Lord of The Rings, but thanks for the video [b:369bn4fo]GB[/b:369bn4fo], brings back memories of that <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> .

P.S. True Story <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' /> .

P.P.S. Speaking of LOTR parodies, If you haven't seen this, I found it quite funny, and at the end I love "Yea, one of us could have died!" Rated E 10+


I wrote a song in Elvish called "Ardariel" probably not correct elvish grammer. I'm wanting to put this on my next album.
Hey Bargolwash, do you have any of your music online to link to?

By the way Show, that link to the LotR rap was hilarious :lol: . Nice one!

Spock Sings? :? OH YES!!!! Yes he does. In fact he likes to sing songs about Hobbits. :lol: Here's a little ditty he sang about Bilbo. I remembered seeing it at a Trek convention decades ago and I found a link for you to...erm...enjoy <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> :P :

It was indeed an enjoyable song :mrgreen:
[quote="Gandalfs Beard":3oqfsj32]Hey Bargolwash, do you have any of your music online to link to?
Here's his website:

Sorry Bargolwash! lol
Thanks Spirik.
Led Zeplin, idk if anyone else has said this, but the song Ramble on mentions gollum and the evil one, then theres the Misty mountain hop, and the battle for evermore. All of them are LOTR related
Good Call Tinuviel,. That's one of my fave Zep songs :mrgreen: .

I also have Bo Hannson's Music nspired by LotR. He's a Swedish Prog-Rocker from the 70s. If you like early 70s progressive rock, check it out. I have it on vinyl. I haven't googled yet to see if he's still around.

Great original song- with hilarious pics.

once does not simply ROCK into mordor!!!!!
Is anyone a fan of Olde English Folk? I know a great artist, Kate Rusby, me and my Dad went to see her and the folk-band play when I was little. The music is very melancholy and she has a beautiful singing voice as well as playing acoustic guitar rythmically. Her band also have alot of skill and talent, the music is beautiful and I could listen to it forever! John McCuster plays violin which is usually accompanied by flute or traditional english pipe, of which is used for the soundtrack for LotR. She played at Cambridge Folk Festiful (though I've never been <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' /> . The songs (almost all of them) have traditional lyrics and the band brings a fresh new feel to them. You should really check it out if your a fan of folk, has anyone heard of her? I think her music would really fit the LotR (maybe sang in a celtic language).

Is anyone a fan of Bob Dylan?
I love Celtic folk music. Big fan of Loreena McKennit in particular, Enya too (though her Celtic music is more New Agey). Also a fan of Amy Krupski, Celtic harpist, and Patrick Ball. Any of those artists would sound great in LotR. I'm afraid I don't know the musician you mentioned though.

And i do like some of Bob Dylan's old Folk Music, not so fond of his later stuff.

Enya recorded a song for LotR right?
[quote="B'arelyn Dwarf":qrh2cmfl]Enya recorded a song for LotR right?[/quote:qrh2cmfl]

She did - it was the final track (May It Be) on FOTR according to [url=]Amazon[/url:qrh2cmfl].
What are your musical preferences Eldorian? (and do you like Enya? <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' /> )
No, Enya's not really my style. I like Howard Shore's score to the LOTR movies, but in general I'm a fan more of rock 'n' roll and heavy metal music. :mrgreen: Not quite LOTR-related.
Au Contraire Mon Frere, Heavy Metal is intricately linked to LotR. Led Zeppelin did the Misty Mountain Hop, and I think some other Tolkien inspired tunes. A lot of Prog Rock is inspired by LotR, and numerous Heavy metal albums from the 70s are adorned with Tolkien cover art, Usually Black Riders 8-) .

I can't remember the names of the bands for certain, but I think some of them included Molly Hatchet, Uriah Heep, and possibly Black Sabbath. I'd have to double check my friends vinyl collection though, the next time I see him.

On the topic of Enya and Howard Shore, I thoroughly enjoy "May It Be" by Enya on the Lord of the Rings Soundtrack... great song! However, I have all of Howard Shore's soundtracks which sometimes send me chills, especially "The Breaking of The Fellowship". Howard Shore incorporates flutes and pipes great, giving off a sort of 'Hobbit" tone, which is what you would think. He also knows how to bring in strong brass and drums for Mordor and Isengard, giving a sense of power and darkness <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> .

I have listened to more Enya besides this and it's not nearly as relaxing and enjoyable as "May It Be". I agree with Eldorion, mostly :mrgreen: .
Is anyone a fan of John Martyn, died recently but great artist, not music of my time though.
Thanks for reminding me about the connection between Tolkien and Heavy Metal GB 8-) . Speaking of which, supposedly the Black Sabbath song [url=]The Wizard[/url:28cgn2ss] is based on Gandalf, do you know if that's true?

I can definitely see the Black Riders connection. Also have you ever heard of Cirith Ungol or Amon Amarth? I have a few songs by the former and they're not bad in my opinion. This also reminded me of Burzum. Links about them to follow (since I already used my allotment for this post). :lol:

EDIT: Can't say I've heard of him, B'arelyn.
[url=]Cirith Ungol[/url:26436mqf], the band.
Some information about [url=]Burzum[/url:1frca0r2]. I can't say I've actually listened to their music though, mainly because of the crimes they're associated with. You can also Wikipedia them, they have an entry there.
Holy Cow, Burzum sounds extremely outrageous Eldorion. I gotta love the Tolkien quote the critic of Burzum finished up with :roll: . I vaguely remember hearing some Cirith Ungol.

I'm not certain about the Sabbath Song, The Wizard. It could be Gandalf, but without reading the lyrics I can't be sure. It could be about Aleister Crowley, a favoured topic of Ozzy and Sabbath.

And sorry B'arelyn, I haven't heard of that last artist you mentioned either :oops: .

They are pretty outrageous as far as I can tell on quite a few levels. Their lack of understanding of Tolkien is probably the least of them. :roll: I think of them as the dark side of Tolkien-influenced music but I prefer some good Zeppelin any day. :mrgreen:

I hadn't actually thought of The Wizard being about Aleister Crowley, but that's a very good point. I shall have to Google this. :P
I am quite surprised you haven't heard of him GB, (no offence Eldo but I don't think your english <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' /> ) he was a prominant figure in rythm and Blues, did most of his stuff in the 70s and 80s. He was famous for having a guitar, of which he played with live, that had a pick up stuck with duct tape over the sound hole on an acoustic guitar (I beleive he was one of the first people ever to do that in a live performance, using the sounds created from acoustic and being able to project the sound further). His improvisation skills were really something. I could amagine his earliar stuff in an LotR film shot in a different style. Hers a link to a page on him.
I checked out the link B'arelyn. Thanks. John Martyn is very good. I was surprised to see that he played left as well as right handed guitar. The man had Skillz 8-) .

I may have run across mention of him in the odd British music magazine, but living in the states means I usually miss some of the less famous British musicians :roll: .

Yeah, he's a great musician, and you should move back to Blighty! <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />

BTW I really enjoy listening to Kate Rusby (I know I mentioned it before!) you should check her out on the internet, some people have put some recordings of her live shows on youtube, strongly reccomend her (and her band's) music! What are your musical preferences GB?
My tastes are rather eclectic, but I particularly like Electronic/Industrial and 80s Nu Wave (Gary Numan, Ultravox, NIN, Juno Reactor, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Die Krupps, Prodigy etc.). Also like Classical, Folk, Prog Rock (Rush, Pink Floyd, Yes, Dream Theatre), Heavy Metal, some Jazz, a little R&B and funk,...etc. :roll: .

I would actually love to see a sword and sorcery soundtrack with a mix of Metal, Electronica, Symphonic, and Folk music. One B-grade flick that took this approach was Dungeon Siege: In the Name of the King (based on a video game Natch <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> ). Some of it was alright, actually some decent effects and battles despite being lower budget. But the Metal was great for Battle Scenes; the soundtrack really helped the movie a lot.

Can anyone remember the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band? I bet they'd come up with some pretty eclectic theme music and songs!

I don't personally remember them. But I found their wikipedia page. Very interesting. I think they would probably fall under the category of prog rock, as jazz/psychedelic rock synchretizers often did (Gentle Giant, Nektar, Yes, etc). It's cool that McCartney worked with them.

Are you a fan on Pendulum GB? (i'm not really, I think they're a bit crass to be honest with you) You said you liked the Prodijy (if that's how you spell it <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' /> )
Hmm, I'm not sure actually. I may have come across them on a compilation without knowing it.

I found Pendulum's wikipedia page. I might like some of their stuff. I'll have to see if they have anything on Myspace or Youtube to see for sure.

I know its mean :lol: but I can't stand Drum and Bass, i think its terrible to be honest.
I'm not so fond of Drum and Bass myself, a bit boring. But the Wikipedia page said they had embellished their sound somewhat, which sounds promising.

Are you a fan of Bob Dylan, and the folk scene in America GB?
I don't really follow a lot of recent American folk. But I like a lot of 60s stuff like Simon and Garfunkel and Peter, Paul, and Mary. I like a lot of Dylan's early Folk material, but am not as fond of his later stuff.

Simon and Garfunkel, I can particularly see as writing songs suitable for Middle Earth (love their rendition of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme).

I could say I like Simon and Garfunkle (which I do really), but they are way out of my time. My parents like them, espcially when Paul went single, with [i:3w4sap49]Rythms of the Saints[/i:3w4sap49] and [i:3w4sap49]Graceland[/i:3w4sap49], I like their stuff but I can't I'm a fan really cos their not music of my era really. I liked We are the World, the American Band Aid equivalent, of which he was involved with. Being honest I preferred We are the World to Band Aid, and as for Band aid 20, all the artists were second rate apart from the Darkness and Coldplay.
Right this is a call for help. Before I drive myself mad. I used to have the BBC radio4 plays of LoTR and it included a selection of full versions of songs that appear in the plays. I loved the version of Treebeards song about the entwives. And for the love of any God (or Goddess's) I can't find it anywhere. I've scoured the web for it and nothing unless I want to fork out for the entire series again-which I don't for the sake of a song. Can anyone help? Do you know where it may be found. Please assist, pulling what's left of my hair out here.

I think that's it; I can't recall any other radio performances with Ian Holm in them.
Thanks Eldo- problem is I already have the set- but the bonus soundtrack cd was in a later repackaging and I don't want to pay twice just for it. Fortunately I have managed to track down what I was after after several more hours hunting.
Now how to get it so you can all have a listen? Tech head needed.
I didn't realize it, but I'm glad you found it! You could try uploading the soundtrack to YouTube I suppose; every now and then songs get taken down after copyright claims, but so many are left up that I don't think its always illegal. How you would go about doing that I don't know, though. :P
I might give that go- theres plenty similar on youtube I looked for the ent song on it and its so hard to get hold of- i was trying to buy it and couldnt! (Except as part of the whole set).
Liking the new avatar. <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />
That sounds like a good plan. Sadly I've never listened to the BBC version of LotR, though I've heard a lot of good about it. I'd be interested in hearing this song if you can figure out how to get it on YouTube.

[quote="pettytyrant101":1apuj28t]Liking the new avatar. <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />[/quote:1apuj28t]

Thanks. :mrgreen: For those who don't recognize it: it's Serious Cat photoshopped onto the body of the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40,000. :ugeek: