Arguably the greatest fantasy trilogy ever written, "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien, was also spun into some recent movie adaptations. While I enjoyed Enya's songs, and Howard Shore's soundtrack score, imagine a rock soundtrack for Frodo's journey to Mount Doom. Here is a list of songs for the rock musical soundtrack to Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
12 - Misty Mountain Hop by Led Zeppelen, the fellowship's journey through the Misty Mountains sung by Robert Plant.
11 - "Eye" by Smashing Pumpkins for Sauron, the Lidless Eye
10 - Ogre Battle - Queen, from the Queen II album, both for Sauron and his minions.
One great big eye has a focus in your direction, Now the battle is on...
9 - Crown and the Ring by Manowar. One of many Manowar tunes that could fit the Tolkien Trilogy.
8 - Nothing Else Matters - Metallica, because nothing else did matter except to get Frodo and the Ring to Mount Doom. Everything else was incidental, but more fun.
7 - Obsession by Animotion for Gollum, obsessed by his one ring.
6 - Precious by Depeche Mode, also for Gollum and "the precious" ring.
5 - Play with Fire by the Rolling Stones, for the Palantiri, the crystal balls for seeing, along with Styx - Crystal Ball.
4 - Beastie by Jethro Tull, for the Balrog of Moria …. "you shall not pass...!" A great scene from the first movie in the series, The Fellowship of the Ring.
3 - The Wizard by Uriah Heep. The best song ever penned about a wizard. For Gandalf and Radagast.
2 - Nightfall in Middle Earth by Blind Guardian. A band you may not have heard before, Blind Guardian have a dozen albums of fantasy-based songs. It's symphonic metal, it's melodic, and it's inspiring! Great music. Check it out, and read more about the band in : Blind Guardian Songs.
1 - Rivendell by Rush is the ultimate "Lord of the Rings" song. From the Fly by Night LP (CD), this ballad is timeless and beautiful.
Bonus Track: "Riders on the Storm" by the
Doors , for the Black Riders (Nazgul), with "I Love the Dead" by Alice Cooper.
For the Hobbit (trilogy prequel) and Smaug: Dragons are Real by Magnum , from their 2007 CD "Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow" If you're a fan of fantasy based music, do check into Magnum for pop/rock, and Blind Guardian for a more metallic rock. Load and sync your MP3 song list to the Hobbit.
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