"I can tell you that having seen The Return of the King, it is a great film," says Canadian composer Howard Shore. "It is amazing."
Shore has the mammoth task of creating a musical score for all three sections and this places him in a privileged position because if he is to do his job properly, he must see each movie well in advance.
"You're ultimately dealing with a nine- to 10-hour film," Shore explains. Furthermore, music is an ongoing part of the creative fabric. "You're creating a large musical work, a 10-hour piece, using all the Tolkien languages."
In other Lord Of The Rings news, BBC News recently did a fan based interview with Billy Boyd, where fans wrote in to BBC asking every question they ever wanted answered about the films. Here are some of the highlights:
If Peter Jackson had the inclination to film The Hobbit, do you think the LOTR cast could play the roles?
They probably couldn't because there's not many characters from The Lord of the Rings in The Hobbit. There's only Bilbo, but he's only a very young man, and I'm sure Ian [McKellen] would do Gandalf. I couldn't see anyone else playing Gandalf now. But the other characters don't appear.
In which country do you find Lord of the Rings to be the biggest deal?
Probably the US actually, and I was kind of surprised at that because Tolkien is such a part of British society. I can understand the hold that it has and it's really enjoyable meeting people from Britain who have read it when they were kids. But I think it's amazing the amount of people in the US who hadn't read the book and got so involved in the movies that they're now huge Tolkien fans and are reading and re-reading the books.
Do you think that the third and final film, The Return of the King, will sweep up the most awards in next year's ceremonies?
Oh God, I've absolutely no idea how these award things work. I do think that if Peter Jackson doesn't get an Oscar for best director at some point during these three movies - and obviously we're going into the last chance at that - it is a travesty.
It really is a cruel joke if people don't recognize the feat that he's done. But that's the only one that I'm really bothered about - and I don't think Pete's the kind of guy who would worry too much about it either. But I do think that people should recognize what he did in these movies.
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