Comic Con 2022 is in full swing, and Amazon’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is one of the highly anticipated series fans want to learn more information about. Deadline reports that along with Howard Shore, who scored the original LOTR films, The Walking Dead’s composer Bear McCreary also worked on the next story in the LOTR universe.
Shore is a three-time Oscar winner for his work on the original Lord of the Rings trilogy of films. Now he has lent his talents to Amazon’s series creating the original main title theme. Emmy winner McCreary is well known in TWDU for his abilities in creating the fantastic music to accompany that series and has now used his talents in creating the entire score for Amazon’s new series.
Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is a series created for Prime Video based on The Lord of the Rings novels written by J. R. R. Tolkien. Set 1000’s of years before The Hobbit in the Second Age of Middle Earth during a time of relative peace. The series will cover the history of Middle Earth’s Second Age, including the forging of the Rings, Lord Sauron’s rise to power, Numenor’s fall and the final alliance between Elves and Men.
Bear McCreary – The Walking Dead and more
Earlier this week, McCreary shared that they recorded the final episode of The Walking Dead with a “massive symphonic orchestra.” Angela Kang and Greg Nicotero were there, as were three orchestra members who recorded the main title and score for the pilot episode 12 years ago. Can you imagine the emotions they all experienced?
Throughout his impressive career, McCreary has been involved with numerous series, including Masters of the Universe: REvelation, Snowpiercer, Outlander, Black Sails, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and more.
In films, he has worked on Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, Eli, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Happy Death Day & Happy Day Day 2U, Hell Fest, 10 Cloverfield Land, to only name a few.
While researching this article, I stumbled upon a great page on McCreary’s website, The Walking Dead page. Several blog posts contain videos with a deep dive into episodes and how he came up with scores for them. If you are a music person, you will find these blog posts fascinating.