Magpie Shiny Bits of Information:
Doug Adams on Éowyn's Music: "Éowyn has three themes, all of which are intricately
interrelated. One of the themes applies to just her, two apply to her
relationships with other characters. They all share material in common, but
are very specifically applied in the film." With the release of the
CR-TTT, we know those three themes to represent: Éowyn Shieldmaiden,
Éowyn & Théoden, and Éowyn & Aragorn. More information in the link
on Music for Characters:
Fan Question: "are
there also themes for mini-minor characters? Gamling, Grimbold,
Mardil, Uglúk, Grishnak, Lurtz, Gorbag, etc?"
sir. But, that goes back to Shore’s approach. What, in LOTR, gets
musical themes? How is the score constructed? It always echoes
Tolkien’s writing, which was based on hierarchal structures. A
character is not just a stand-alone cipher. He/she has parents,
those parents represent a lineage, that lineage is tied to a
culture, that culture has neighbors, allies, enemies, traditions,
etc. There are actually relatively few “character” themes in Shore’s
LOTR… and those that do have them are presented as an offshoot of a
culture. That’s another connection to Wagner, in a way… the idea of
a hierarchy of material, not just tunes for character for the sake
of having a melody to fall back on."
I think minor
characters/people-as-a-whole are treated as extensions off major
DA: Absolutely true. Same
holds for major characters, for the most part.
Fan Comment: I think the
music would become too complex and would just burst if minor
characters would have their own theme, it's already that complex
with just major persons and things their themes.
DA: I don’t know that
it’s a question of complexity. I’m sure Shore could write a killer
tune for Fatty Bolger were he so inclined. But what would be the
purpose? It’s a question of appropriateness, I think. What story was
Shore telling? What music was important for the story? How can that
story be properly populated with leitmotifs?
All quotes from
MovieMusic.com's old forums
Magpie Conversation Prompts:
Rohan: Any thoughts on the Rohan
Theme? Did it achieve hummability for you?
Éowyn: What do you think
about Doug's comments above? Do you find them contradictory? Why do
you think, in a score where there are few character themes*, Éowyn
got three? (*I can list these themes for characters: Aragorn,
Gandalf, Arwen, Gollum, Gríma has some music that's used a few
times, Sauron—although this is kind of a concept of
the big bad as opposed to a tangible character. Are there any more?)
Does any reason stand out for you as to which characters did get
Hardanger: How well did the
Hardanger fiddle work as an instrument for Rohan? Did you enjoy its use in
the movie? Were you familiar with this instrument before The Two Towers?