There are many things that The Lord of the Rings franchise is known for having done to perfection. You might associate The Lord of the Rings with mindblowing scenery, incredible costumes, or even some truly delicious food. But if there’s one thing that Lord of the Rings has brought to us, it is a whole slew of epic music. Of course, we’re partially talking about Howard Shore’s iconic scores for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. But we’re also thinking of all the music this incredible series has inspired throughout pop culture. To celebrate this musical legacy, as well as the upcoming The Lord of the Rings series, The Rings of Power, Nerdist put together some of our favorite Lord of the Rings music and created what you might call the One Playlist of Power. It’s our way to get you hype for #NerdistTolkienWeek, which takes place from August 29 through September 2 to celebrate The Rings of Power‘s release.
Middle-earth awaits in this sonic journey. Check out Nerdist‘s Middle-earth Playlist below and get ready to rock out, quest epically, and musically meet Hobbits, dwarves, elves, and more.
Some of these are songs you may already have on your Lord of the Rings playlists. But “Concerning Hobbits” is a classic and deserves that thousandth listen. Meanwhile, other songs may be new to you. We could not more thoroughly recommend that you listen to “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins,” performed by Leonard Nimoy. Not only does that song offer us nerdy nirvana, but it will get stuck in your head.
Of course, no Lord of the Rings musical adventure would feel complete without Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” or “Misty Mountains” performed by Richard Armitage. And doesn’t that just go to show you the breadth and depth of Lord of the Rings-related music? We can’t wait to add even more amazing tunes to the line-up when The Rings of Power premieres.
We’ll leave you to explore the rest of this LOTR playlist for yourself. But if there’s one thing we can guarantee, it’s that having it on in the background will make every part of your life feel like a grand adventure. In fact, we’re pretty sure you’ll get to the end and then head back (again) to the beginning.