Last week I posted a music playlist with a dance party theme, and this week I thought I’d concentrate on all of the amazing instrumental songs fans have created based off of the tunes in the films.
The Piano Guys
If you’ve never heard of The Piano Guys before, head on over to their Youtube channel right now! They’ve done covers for so many songs, and all of their videos are simply spectacular. You want some Coldplay? You got it. Star Wars? You’re in luck. They’ve even got some Charlie Brown! Below I included their The Lord of the Rings cover, all of the sounds you hear are cello, piano, and vocal textures. Make sure to read the description of this video to read about how the Piano Guys feel about LOTR.
Lindsey Stirling is certainly a favorite of mine. Not only is she a very talented violinist, she dances, creates her own original music, and has stunning videos. Her video, “Lord of the Rings Melody,” was filmed in New Zealand, so not only do you get to hear beautiful music, you also get to see some beautiful scenery. I may or may not have teared up just a little when she started to sing the lyrics from “In Dreams.”
I may be bending the rules just a little bit since this video isn’t all Tolkien related, but it’s so amazing that I needed to include it. “The Dark Game of Hobbit Knight Thrones” by Jason Yang contains music from The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones, and The Dark Knight. As soon as the theme for “Misty Mountains” started to play, I felt like starting an adventure!
This “Concerning Hobbits” cover by Taylor Davis looks like it’s set in the Shire, which makes it even more perfect! Definitely made me feel like I wanted to escape to Hobbiton. Taylor has created other Tolkien themed content, such as “Misty Mountains,” and the Rohan theme for The Lord of the Rings Online.
Paul Quinn‘s acoustic guitar songs are a perfect fit for Middle-earth. One of the videos I’ve included is his covers of the Rohan theme. What is it about the Rohan theme that suddenly makes everything seem so epic? His take on “I See Fire” makes me think of the years when the dwarves were prosperous, which fills me with a mixture of pride and longing. A very nice song to listen to when you want to relax!
Over eleven minutes long and worth every second, Seda Baykara’s The Lord of the Rings violin cover includes music that represents Hobbits, Elves, the race of Men, and Dwarves. What I love about this video is that she makes sure that the backgrounds relate to each race.
Here’s another take on “Concerning Hobbits,” this time by Taryn Harbridge. A beautiful cover that would for sure make any hobbit proud. I really enjoyed the first bit! It made me think of Gandalf riding into the Shire on his way to see Bilbo right immediately.
Here’s something a littler different, harps! In this video, Camille and Kennerly, also known as The Harp Twins, show us a different take on the well known song, “Misty Mountains” from The Hobbit films. They also did an amazing cover for LOTR which you can watch here.
I think it’s time to change it up a little bit, so I’d like to end this playlist with some metal. Youtuber Eric Calderone (331Erock) specializes in the metal genre, and when I first discovered his videos, I ended up spending a long time listening to almost all of his songs. He’s “metalized” both LOTR and The Hobbit!
Is there another song you’d add to this playlist? Tell us in the comment section below!