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ScoreKeeper Is Giving Away A Copy Of The Book "The Music of The LORD OF THE RINGS Films"!!

Greetings! ScoreKeeper here to infuse your mind with good old fashioned education. This past month I posted several articles about the new book entitled The Music of THE LORD OF THE RINGS Films by Doug Adams. I wrote a brief review outlining my thoughts about the tome and interviewed the author about his experience writing it.

Now is your chance to own a copy of this glorious book for yourself. I've got one copy to give away to somebody who will forever love and cherish this epic treasure of film music analysis. So what do you have to do? Well, I can't make you burden the One Ring and carry it to Mordor to cast into fiery pits of Mt. Doom so I'll settle for the following... Email me at using the subject: I'LL BEAR THE BURDEN! and include your name, mailing address, a valid email address, your favorite piece of music from THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001-2003) with a short explanation why and the reason why you would like a copy of this book. This will be a random drawing and only those that follow the instructions correctly will be entered. The deadline for submission will be Sunday, October 31st, 2010 at 11:59PM EST. Only one entry per person please. International entries will be accepted. Duplicates will be discarded. I'll draw the name of one winner and that person will receive a copy of The Music of THE LORD OF THE RINGS Films by Doug Adams courtesy of Alfred Music Publishing. If you absolutely can't wait, the book is currently available for order at and other major retailers. Good luck!


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  • Oct. 24, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Is it possible to win an AICN giveaway even if you've won in the past? I'd really love to have this book, but money's tight.

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Been waiting a long time

    by georgecauldron

    Since the releases of the complete recordings soundtracks, I've been following Doug Adams' development of this book. Really looking forward to reading it. Shore's LOTR score is maybe the most complex, beautiful work of music in a long, long time. Better than Williams' SW: OT, perhaps.

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST

    I will win this goddamn book

    by pushthebuttonmax

    Mark my words.

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST


    by Admonisher

    I already have my copy, and it's spectacular -- insightful, fascinating, and gorgeously designed (the artwork!!!). The CD it includes is also a revelation. A landmark examination of one of the finest scores ever composed.

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Past winners...

    by ScoreKeeper

    I'll be honest...I don't keep track of who wins so I have no idea if a winner has won in the past. As far as I'm concerned everybody is welcome to enter...even past winners. You'd just be damned lucky if you won again and everybody will hate you.

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Scorekeeper

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I sent off an entry. [fingers crossed]

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    As a past winner

    by RichardLuzT

    I'm just waiting and hoping my awesome prize will eventually get to me as i'm on a foreign country. Keeping my fingers crossed for that last part of the contest.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Willow > Lord of the Rings imo

    by Meadowe

    Just rewatched Willow today....Val and Joanne made a beautiful couple, too bad it didn't last.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST

    ...what the fuck is it with this book?

    by Anything But Tangerines

    stop it already

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Great scores - awful CDs


    Shore's scores are almost as amazing an accomplishment as the films (I've been reading Tolkien for 30+ years and no-one could have fixed LOTR's story flaws better than Boyens/Jackson), but f**k me the CDs are awful. The single disc "Reprise" editions were rushed out with badly contracted, mashed up or edited down selections. I appreciate there's limited space on a single disc, but omitting the One Ring's Theme or Houses of Healing (Liv Tyler's vocals still send a chill down my spine) was unforgivable. The extended collections are 99% complete, but at £45 ($100) are priced to fleece us music fans. Both versions suffer from the same unclear production, with the brass sounding particularly muddy. The time's right for a definitive re-mastered 10 disc set. Favourite tracks are Forth Eorlingas or Caras Galadhon - anything with Liz Fraser's vocals is fine by me.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Dragonslayer > Willow


    Much as I love Willow, Dragonslayer is in a different class. Not only do the Dragons EAT the Princess alive in a Disney film FFS, but it's got an incredible (and scarce) Alex North score too. Vermithrax Perjorative remains the high-water mark in movie Dragons - Phill Tippett was on fire (pun intended) when he did the Go-Motion FX. Weta's digital Smaug will have to be some to better them. Trivia: Ian McDiarmid's role as the incinerated priest landed him the role as the Emperor in ROTJ.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 7:25 a.m. CST


    by Anything But Tangerines

    from wikipedia(on McDiarmid): "One theatrical performance of note is his portrayal of Harry Hackamore in Sam Shepard's play Seduced. By McDiarmid's own description, Hackamore was a Howard Hughes-type character. To play the part, he was made-up in prosthetics, including a false beard and long fingernails. McDiarmid was only 37 at the time, and this convinced George Lucas and Richard Marquand that he could convincingly play a much older character in extreme cinematic close-up, which helped him land the role of Palpatine

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    "an incredible (and scarce) Alex North score"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The score was recently re-issued on CD by LaLaLand Records, and is still in-print as far as I know.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    The Next Best Thing to a Lifetime Subscription to LALA Land Reco

    by Customikey

    Thanks for the opportunity, Scorekeeper.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by Rameses

    What did ou think of reign of fires Dragons? I thought they were pretty good .

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Nasty in the Pasty/Anything


    Thanks for the heads up purchasing now. BrainDrain, duh yes. Bought FOTR + TT (didn't bother with ROTK), and yes, the production job is STILL murky on them, but thanks for the advice.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Willow > The Bible

    by MattmanReturns

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Seriously though, Willow DOES have a better score

    by MattmanReturns

    One of the last great Horner scores, before he became a parody of himself.