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24. Gollums song (Emiliana Torrini)

Howard Shore's scores for the Lord of the Rings movies are awesome, even if there is quite some Prokofiev (Alexander Nevksy), Gliere (Third symphony "Ilya Murometz") and Sibelius (Symphony 3)  in them. The Fellowship of the Ring ended on a relatively positive note with Enya's May it be. Many expected her to feature in the 2002 sequel The Two Towers as well, but the broodier mood of the sequel clearly required a different voice. Originally, Bjork was approached, but she turned it down as she was expecting a baby. Eventually, the honour went to a relatively unknown artist, Emiliana Torrini (image credit), who like Bjork hails from Iceland. And what a great decision that was. Gollum's song is bleak but beautiful and Emiliana's angst-laden voice provides the perfect rendition, conveying the disturbed nature of Gollum's tortured soul. The lyrics couldn't be better as well, shifting from singular to plural and back again, as if Gollum were talking to himself as he does in the film.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: not applicable.

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