A live orchestra accompanies The Return of the King

The conclusion of the Lord of the Rings trilogy will be at O2 Arena

Prague’s O2 Arena will turn into a battlefield on Dec. 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, shown on a 150 square meter screen with live orchestra, will end Lord Of The Rings live soundtrack experience that started in June 2016.

LOTR’s music is as as diverse as the world it represents. The orchestra in Prague alone for the live accompaniment will count 250 members and be conducted by Swiss masetro Ludwig Wicki. He conducted Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings Symphony: Six Movements for Orchestra & Chorus, and a live album was made of those concerts.

“The spectrum of whole piece is huge and requires symphonic orchestra, choirs, instrumental and vocal soloists alike,” composer Howard Shore said in a press release.

Shore will be present for a meet and greet with people who purchased seats in specific VIP sections, but he will not be conducting.

The film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King had its premiere in the Czech Republic on Jan. 15, 2004. It was seen by three quarters of a million viewers.

Written by J. R. R. Tolkien in 1954, The Lord Of The Rings books defined fantasy genre in literature at the time. The world of elven forests, human empires and dwarven kingdoms is today considered a modern classic.

The same is true for The Lord Of The Rings movies by Peter Jackson. Actors Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, Hugo Weaving, Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortensen lent their faces to the characters of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth.

The Return Of The King ended the saga 14 years ago, and the scope, the craft and magic behind the series was ambitious for the time. Winning 11 Oscars, the final installment of LOTR trilogy tied with Ben Hur and Titanic for most wins.

Howard Shore also wrote music for classic thrillers The Silence of The Lambs, Seven, The Cell and Crash. On many occasions he worked with 1980s cult director David Cronenberg, scoring The Fly, Dead Ringers and A History of Violence. The four year work on Lord Of The Rings marks the pinacle of Shore’s career. “My first fantasy score was for the Fellowship of The Ring movie. It was my gate into the world of Tolkien and I will always have a special bond to it,” he said.

He won Oscars for Best Original Score for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). He also won the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Into the West” from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. He received his fourth nomination for his work on Hugo.

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