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How to end a composition based on Tolkien? There might be a strong urge
to end with some gallant march and triumphal pageant as the King (Arthur
himself?) returns. And many other novels and films end in exactly this fashion.
Tolkien is a much better artist than that and his novel ends with
a gradual decrescendo into humble silence as the last of Middle Earth's
high culture sails away to the Undying Lands.
But this will hardly do for a piece of music. Finales are almost always
supposed to be bright and lively. If not the march of the returned King
Allan Rae, in a stoke of genius, hits upon one of the most potent forces
in The Lord of the Rings; one based upon Tolkien's wonderful creature
the Ent, shepherd of the trees. These giant talking, walking trees, who
think slowly and avoid hastiness, eventually turn the huge forces of nature
upon the evil wizard Saruman. This vivid power becomes the motivation for
the accumulation of great musical momentum and potency leading to an earthshaking
It is time that this composition be performed, recorded and widely heard.
Tolkien himself seems to have desired others to volunteer their own inventions
to his world of Middle Earth and Allan Rae has made a prodigious contribution
to The Lord of the Rings mythology.
Copyright © 1 January 2002
Gordon Rumson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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