Howard Shore wrote a breathtaking score that ignites the imagination in the honor of the story that has inspired countless fantasy writers and gamers. I find the soundtrack not best for gaming background music due to the dynamism within individual tracks. That’s not to say that there aren’t any good gaming tracks, just that I feel that they are the exception to the rule for the most part. One moment you are visting hobbiton and the next you are in the land of the militaristic orcs. Or when a theme is kept there are just too many ups and downs. Very hard to manage. I HIGHLYRECOMMEND it despite this because it is great to listen to while working on upcoming adventures and new worlds.
The most consistent tracks on this album are: “Concerning Hobbits” which has a folksy upbeat feel with dancing violins, “Many Meetings” which has a very magical feel in the beginning and then just stays on the quieter side, and “Lothlorien” which is simultaneously magical and creepy. A choir of females eventually gives way to a single female voice which sounds like it is casting some kind of spell.
The soundtracks to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy are fantastically well done. However, they very much follow the ups and downs of the movie, and as such, most tracks have more than one underlying theme, making them very hard to fit into the score for your table-top game. The tracks that do fit, however, are very good.