McCreary had to look deeply into who Elrond was at this point in his story to find the right musical notes to put down on paper.
“I had to let all that other stuff go and focus on who he is in the beginning of the story of ‘Rings of Power’ and create something that was a little more idealistic, and optimistic, and youthful, but a melody that turned around on itself. And it moves from major to minor in such a way that it itself is a little lost. It’s looking for its place.”
Pretty cool that he’s pulling so deeply from a character place, right? McCreary also promises that Elrond’s theme will grow and expand as the character progresses through the series and becomes the authority figure we know from the movies.
For reference, McCreary also said that the easiest theme for him was for the dwarves of Khazad-dum. The composer admitted he might relate to the dwarves the most and maybe that’s why he came up with their theme so quickly, but the striking of anvils and chorus singing the patriotic dwarf song Khuzdul was a no-brainer for him and the final version which we hear in episode 2 of the show is almost unchanged from McCreary’s rough draft.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” is available to stream on Prime Video with new episodes debuting every Friday.