The Rings Of Power’s Bear McCreary on the Power Of Black Speech, creating a new sound for Middle-earth [Exclusive Interview]

What was the first music or sound you created after joining the program?

I came up with a list of about 15 topics that I needed to write about for the first season. It’s over, I think, even more so. But I want to write in the order that makes the most sense to me. I want to start easy. Why start with something so challenging? Which topic will be the easiest for me? And indeed, that was the theme for the dwarves of Khazad-dûm. I feel like deep inside, I think I’m one of the dwarves. If I’m related to any of those cultures, I’m a deep-rooted dwarf.

And I imagine this mechanical, upside-down model of strings, and I imagine musicians with rings squeezing them with metal hammers. Then I imagined a choir singing in Khuzdul, a patriotic text. And I removed that. And indeed the first draft is almost identical to what you heard in volume two.

It was one of those things that came very naturally to me. I don’t know why, it’s just the way my brain is connected.

On the other hand, what is the topic you want to leave at the end?

I think Elrond is the biggest challenge. Interestingly, it’s my fandom of Peter Jackson movies that makes it harder to write themes for Elrond. Before joining this show, I thought of Elrond, not only with Hugo Weaving’s portrayal of Peter Jackson’s films, but even from the way he wrote in the original books, as an authority figure. this incredible right. He is very wise and ancient. He cannot be mistaken. He is strict and clear.

And we meet him in “The Rings of Power”, where he is an optimist, an idealist, a politician, a diplomat. In a way, he was like an orphan. He is not Lindon’s defining authority figure, clearly not. He’s underneath Gil-galad, he’s working with Celebrimbor. He is eager to advance in the ranks. And his father and brother are excellent mythological figures. And he doesn’t have these accomplishments under his belt. Something like?

So in a way, I had to put all that aside and focus on who he was at the beginning of the “Ring of Power” story and create something a little more idealistic, Upbeat and youthful, but the tone spins itself around. And it moves from primary to secondary in a way that in itself is a bit of a loss. It is looking for its place.

And I’m happy to expand on that theme throughout the show, as he’s sure to rise through those ranks to become a more authoritative figure for the elves.

But it’s not easy. It certainly took me a minute and a few tries, and JD Payne and Patrick McKay were very helpful in guiding me along those story transitions. The Rings Of Power’s Bear McCreary on the Power Of Black Speech, creating a new sound for Middle-earth [Exclusive Interview]

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