The first two don't exactly fit this
section where the intention here was to document when people heard
similarities in melodies. But they're in the same vein so I will
O Fortuna & The Ringwraiths Theme -
The two melodies here aren't the same but, early on especially,
people thought of Carl Orff's O Fortuna when they heard the
Ringwraiths Theme. In fact, some really old comments on the web
indicated that people believed the music was O Fortuna.
In another section of the site, I
noted that the combination of the music, voices and sound
effects in the Dead Marshes created an effect similar to György Ligeti'
s work. Go HERE
to read more about that.
The rest are similarities that people have
sent me that I'm not able, at this time, to research to the extent that they deserve. They've sat in
my 'to do' list for way too long and I will admit that I don't see
my researching them at any point - near or far - in the future. So,
I will present them here intact as sent to me. Make of them what you
Whilst listening in
depth to the LOTR soundtracks, I found four more themes that might have
been derived from other composers' works.
In 'The Return of the King',
when the hobbits reunite in the Houses of Healing, the
Shire theme is played on the cor anglais. This sounds very like the 2nd movement
of Dvorak's 9th symphony, appropriately based on the folksong 'Goin'
The relentless 5/4 beat
of the Isengard theme (all movies) recalls Mars from Holst's Planets
suite - both emphasize the brutishness and stupidity of war.
Gollum's theme in 'The
Taming of Sméagol' (The Two Towers) recalls 'The Gnome' from 'Pictures
at an Exhibition' by Mussorgsky - both representing twisted slyness.
The most unexpected
similarity, however, occurs in 'The Two Towers', again with Mussorgsky's
'Pictures at an Exhibition' as the source. The martial version of the
Lothlórien theme (as the Elves march into the Battle of Helm's Deep) is
very like the 'Bydlo' (Ox-cart) movement, although it is difficult to
connect battling elves with peasants driving ox-carts !
The 'Isengard / Mars'
comparison and perhaps 'The Gnome / Gollum' have more of a
similarity in mood rather than precise note-matching - they were
both musical characterizations of war (Isengard) and 'slippery'
characters (Gollum). ~ Mark Kudlowski
I thought an interesting
addition to your page about music that's similar to Lord
of the Rings, is that the first portion of the Hobbit
Theme has the same chord progression as Heart and Soul.
This is, of course, not exactly a rare chord
progression, but the reason it is noteworthy that Howard
Shore used it is that, for the end credits of 'Big'
starring Tom Hanks, Howard Shore supplied seemingly
innumerable variations on Heart and Soul. It's a wonder
he could possibly ever get them out of his head again!
(or could he?) This similarity is best heard in
'Concerning Hobbits' around 1:18 as the two-step pattern
begins again. I also think that the beginning of the
Black Rider, where the solo flute plays the Hobbit Theme
may actually be a better example of those chords being
used to accompany the Hobbit Theme, as Concerning
Hobbits actually has a slightly different chord
Have you noticed that right at
the end (probably the last 5 seconds) of the first three
minutes of Vivaldi's "La Notte" flute concert(op.10,nr.2;i
have a 9:55 minutes version) you can hear a resemblance to
about 3-4 seconds of the beginning of the Sméagol/Déagol
scene in Rotk-when we first see the worm; around 3-4 seconds
of that scene seemed to coincide with the part I mentioned
from Vivaldi's concerto. Actually that part begins with the
00:44th second from "A Storm Is Coming" ~ Beren
Today I listened to
the collector edition from Williams' 'Close Encounters of the Third
Kind'.... In the track 'Who Are You People' at 0:35 until 0:43 I
heard the harp clearly playing the Gollum/Stinker Motif! You should
all listen... ~ Jelle on old SMME
¿did you know the resemblance between the 4th Age Gondor
(Reborn) Theme and "Middle
Age Suite" by Alexander Glazunov? ~ AlexPerez
excerpts of Gondor & Glazunov-
prepared by Alex. track/recording info unavailable)