The Music of Middle-earth


"The Music of Middle-earth" is an unofficial companion app to index Howard Shore's music for the "Lord of the Rings" films.

The film score consists of more than 80 leitmotifs or themes that relate to specific characters, locations or cultures of Middle-earth. This project tries to provide an interactive listening experience that highlights all theme occurrences throughout the soundtrack in form of a simple, user-friendly application.

The app includes information about the following albums:

If you own some of the albums, you can listen to the tracks and all indexed sections directly from the application in an interactive way.
Additionally, when listening to a track, the currently playing themes are displayed.

Note: None of the music is part of this application. The albums must be acquired separately.

Desktop Application

A desktop version of the application that runs on Windows and Mac.

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iOS Application

An iOS version of the application that runs on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

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The up-to-date list of the index which is used in the current version of the apps.

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Used Resources

The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films (Amazon)
A comprehensive account of Howard Shore's scores by Doug Adams.
This is the essential resource for a project like this. It gives deep insight into the themes, the score, the recording sessions and more.
The Lord of the Rings Score Analysis Project
A collaborative attempt to catalog and analyse Howard Shore's music for the "Lord of the Rings" films.
This list served as a basis for the application and was modified to better reflect the analysis in 'The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films' by Doug Adams.
A Magpie's Nest
Another great resource about the "Lord of the Rings" score.
It provides information about not only the themes but also the lyrics, instruments and much more.


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I am not affiliated with Middle-earth Enterprises, the Tolkien Estate, New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, WingNut Films, Doug Adams or Howard Shore.

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