Abbreviations

 

 

CR

Complete Recordings
refers to a set of the entire movies' soundtrack, box shaped with leatherette covers
3 CDs and 1 Audio DVD and comprehensive liner notes (around $60 US)
one for each movie, only FOTR & TTT out at the moment

DA

Doug Adams
the author of the CR liner notes, the annotated scores, and The Music of the LOTR Films

EE

Extended Edition
refers to a set of the movies
2 discs of movie with extra footage, 2 discs of extras
one for each movie

FOTR

Fellowship of the Ring
refers to the movie or the book
the first book in the 'trilogy' actually contains Book 1 and Book 2 in the LOTR*
may be combined with other abbreviations, i.e. CR-FOTR is the Complete Recordings of the Fellowship of the Rings

FW

Fran Walsh
screenplay writer, producer, lyricist of the LOTR movies

G-i-P

Gwaith-i-Phethdain, also known as The Fellowship if the Wordsmiths
the 'other' LOTR lyric site - focus is on the created languages of Middle-earth

HS

Howard Shore
composer, orchestrator, conductor, lyricist of the LOTR movie soundtrack

JRRT

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
author of the LOTR books including many of the poems/songs used in the movie

LOTR

Lord of the Rings
refers to the movie or book, this is the name for all three books/movies together

LE

Limited Edition
refers to those soundtrack CDs sold in leatherette cases
FOTR = 1 CD; TTT = 1 CD with one bonus track; ROTK = 1CD & 1 bonus DVD of extras
(retailed for around $25 US but no longer in print)

OST

Original Soundtrack
refers to the lowest priced soundtrack CDs (around $15 US) with jewel cases and images from the movie as a 'label'

PB

Philippa Boyens, producer, screenplay writer, lyricist of the LOTR movies

PJ

Peter Jackson, producer, director, screenplay writer of the LOTR movies

ROTK

Return of the King
refers to the movie or the book
the third book in the 'trilogy' actually contains Book 5 and Book 6 in the LOTR*
may be combined with other abbreviations, i.e. ROTK-TE is the Theatrical Edition of the Return of the King

SMME

SMME was an MSN forum founded by a group of LOTR score enthusiasts to talk about the soundtrack. It was active from 2003 - 2006. With the release of ROTK, interest faded and the forum was shut down in the Spring of 2007 and then lost completely when MSN quit business.

TE

Theatrical Edition
refers to the movies as seen on screen or the DVD
1 disc of movie and 1 disc of extras - each movie

TTT

The Two Towers
refers to the movie or the book
the second book in the 'trilogy' actually contains Book 3 and Book 4 in the LOTR*
may be combined with other abbreviations, i.e. TTT-EE is the Extended Edition DVDs of The Two Towers

*

Tolkien did not think of his story, The Lord of the Rings, as a trilogy. The story was published in three separate volumes for various reasons. Those three books are in order, FOTR, TTT, and ROTK. Tolkien broke the entire story of LOTR into 6 books. Each published book of the LOTR contains two of Tolkien's 'book's. So FOTR has Books 1 & 2; TTT has Books 3 & 4; and ROTK has Books 5 & 6. You will see evidence of these books in the attributions for quotes from the book:

FOTR, Book 2, Chapter VIII, Farewell to Lórien

This means the quote is from the second book which is contained within the FOTR.