Monday, July 26, 2004


The past few days, I have been listening to the main theme of LOTR- The Two Towers, and I have to say that its one of the best movie soundtracks I have heard in my life.
It’s a very serious piece, a quality that is firmly apparent right from the start. The Gothic background song pervades the entire piece and gives it a dark and foreboding flavour. You are reminded of a struggle, which is beginning, a struggle upon which rests the fate of humanity, a struggle which has to be fought tooth and nail till the end. Most importantly, you get the feeling that this is a struggle, which probably cannot be won. This is a struggle, which surely marks the end of the age of men, as we know it. But then, somewhere in between, without changing the overall tone, the piece begins to display subtle innuendoes, innuendoes that display hope, that display the resurrection of a will to fight, a will to keep on fighting till the end with valour, NO MATTER WHAT THE RESULT MAY BE. It is especially this principle, eternally immortalized in the Bhagavad Gita which was apparent at least to me, as the piece proceeded. And it is in fact a reverberation of a central theme in the Lord of the Rings. We do not know where our life is exactly going to lead us. But, as Gandalf would say it, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that has been given to us”. So be it. And so the characters in this lofty tale take it upon themselves to fight evil, irrespective of whether they would win or not. I thought that the theme music perfectly represents the essence of the tale. Not the fruits of your task but it is the process that is all important. The piece ends somewhat abruptly. But not before we are sure that we are going to win at least this battle. And with this attitude, it really won’t matter what will happen to us in the future.


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