All good things must come to an end, and so we round out Tolkien Week with “Into the West” performed by Annie Lennox for The Return of the King. This particular video was shot at the 2004 Oscars, where “Into the West” was nominated for Best Original Song (which it won). Fun fact: The Return of the King won 11 Oscars and is tied with Ben Hur and Titanic for the most wins (and has the largest winning sweep of any movie). It was also the first (and so far only) fantasy movie to win the award for Best Picture.
We interrupt the musical posts of Tolkien Week to wish everyone a Happy Hobbit Day and to wish Bilbo and Frodo Baggins a very happy birthday. Party on, hobbits!
Rolling right along, we come to “Gollum’s Song” performed by Emiliana Torrini for The Two Towers. The title is pretty self-explanatory–it’s the story of Smeagol’s downfall, of his tragic transformation into Gollum, and what it foreshadows for Frodo. In a sense, Gollum is what Frodo could have become if he succumbed to the Ring, and I think Frodo realized that. It was one of the reasons, I think, that he tried so hard to redeem Gollum–if Gollum could be saved, perhaps Frodo himself could be saved from the Ring’s influence as well.
Today we have the haunting and ethereal “May It Be” performed by Enya for The Fellowship of the Ring. I daresay this is the most popular ending song out of both trilogies. There’s no denying it has a definite Elvish quality about it (maybe they secretly hired Elves to record it). And I don’t know if this was on purpose, but I always thought the reference to “an evening star” was a clever reference to Frodo carrying the Light of Earendil.
For today’s entry we have “The Last Goodbye” performed by Billy Boyd for The Battle of the Five Armies. Having Pippin himself sing the credit song for the last-ever Middle-Earth movie was the perfect finishing touch for the six films that captured the hearts and imaginations of thousands of moviegoers and changed all our lives forever. It was a bittersweet song for a bittersweet movie.
I’m not crying…you’re crying…
Second installment for Tolkien Week here, folks, “I See Fire” performed by Ed Sheeran for The Desolation of Smaug. I actually didn’t like this song when I first heard it, but after awhile it just kind of grew on me. Now it’s one of my favorites–weird, I know.
A year may come when I run out of things to post for Tolkien Week, but it is not this year! Last year I posted the Peter Hollens versions of the credit songs for both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, so this time I figured I’d post the original versions. Not all of them have official music videos or things like that, so expect some improvisation.
We’re starting of the week with this lovely performance of “Song of the Lonely Mountain” performed live by Neil Finn during the world premiere of An Unexpected Journey. Seeing this makes me wish I had gotten to be at the premiere.