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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

The Houses of Healing Pt. 1: Frodo wakes ~ jan-u-wine’s “Naught to be Forgiven”.

Posted on 2007.10.31 at 00:46


pearlette at 2007-11-05 10:50 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Stephen Oliver. Some of his music was so right; some of it...not. I will say I loved every bit of music he wrote for the hobbits to sing. Which makes me think he was very well-versed in, or comfortable with, the folk song tradition of England.

Stephen Oliver's hobbit-music is perfect. I love the oh-so-haunting melody for 'The Road Goes Ever On', which melts sweetly into the ballad 'Farewell we call to hearth and hall', before the tune changes back to that poignant minor key again and 'The Road Goes Ever On' ... those sad, haunting cellos.

Very few people, if any, like the shrieking Eagle. I have an Austrian friend whom I used to converse with a lot on the Imladris forums who loves it. She thinks it's bold. That's one way of putting it. :p

She was also the first person I ever heard to diss Robert Stephens' Aragorn, and after a while I realised she had a point. :D

I was lucky enough to see Stephens as Lear, in 1993. He was AMAZING. One of his last ever performances. It was unforgettable, and the supporting cast were marvellous too ... better than the cast accompanying McKellan, it seems, according to what you say. :)
mechtild at 2007-11-05 13:38 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, "The Road Goes Ever On!" But don't forget the two songs Sam sings: Gil-galad was an Elven-king, and In Western Lands. Those are both engraved in my aural/emotional memory.

I didn't like his Aragorn either, but I would love to have seen him as Lear. It's his tender stuff as Aragorn that really works for me (the leave-taking of Boromir, the lovely lovely reading of the Lay of Lúthien, for example). Lear has many moments in which to make use of a talent for deeply-felt introspection.
pearlette at 2007-11-06 09:41 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, his Lear was all of that. I've never forgotten it. The final scenes with Cordelia made me weep!

'Gil-galad was an Elven-king', and 'In Western Lands'. Those are both engraved in my aural/emotional memory.

Mine too. Absolutely beautiful songs.
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