The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy refers to the order of the music of the films in their final, cinematic renditions as heard throughout the three films. The soundtracks were orchestrated and produced by Howard Shore, from 2000 to 2003 - he also composed all of the music except for the credit songs: "May It Be" by Enya, "Gollum's Song" by Fran Walsh, and "Into the West" by Annie Lennox.
Most of the soundtracks were performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. London Voices, the London Oratory School Schola, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, certain actors from the films (such as Viggo Mortensen and Billy Boyd), and professional singers also were featured.
Each Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released as a 1-disc CD under Reprise Records, in the year its respective film made its debut.
|The Prophecy • Concerning Hobbits • The Shadow of the Past • The Treason of Isengard • The Black Rider • At the Sign of the Prancing Pony • A Knife in the Dark • Flight to the Ford • Many Meetings • The Council of Elrond (including "Aníron" feat. Enya) • The Ring Goes South • A Journey in the Dark • The Bridge of Khazad-dûm • Lothlórien (feat. Elizabeth Fraser) • The Great River • Amon Hen • The Breaking of the Fellowship • May It Be (Enya)|
|Foundations of Stone • The Taming of Sméagol • The Riders of Rohan • The Passage of the Marshes • The Uruk-hai • The King of the Golden Hall • The Black Gate is Closed • Evenstar (feat. Isabel Bayrakdarian) • The White Rider • Treebeard • The Leave Taking • Helm's Deep • The Forbidden Pool • Breath of Life (feat. Sheila Chandra) • The Hornburg • Forth Eorlingas • Isengard Unleashed (feat. Elizabeth Fraser) • Samwise the Brave • Gollum's Song (feat. Emilíana Torrini)|
|A Storm is Coming • Hope and Memory • Minas Tirith • The White Tree • The Steward of Gondor • Minas Morgul • The Ride of the Rohirrim • Twilight and Shadow (feat. Renée Fleming) • Cirith Ungol • Andúril • Shelob's Lair • Ash and Smoke • The Fields of the Pelennor • Hope Fails • The Black Gate Opens • The End of All Things • The Return of the King (feat. Viggo Mortensen) • The Grey Havens • Into the West (Annie Lennox)|
"Lord of the Rings soundtrack", when said in passing, customarily means the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
The "Complete Recordings" are the larger, more thorough compilation of the earlier renditions of the same music, making up ten hours of orchestral music total. Each of the Complete Recordings for the three Lord of the Rings films, in their release, are three to four discs long, and are comprised of many "alternate", "mock-up", and "complete" versions of Howard Shore's composed themes.