Lastly, for the time being, I shall somewhat-wrap up talking about Middle-earth music.
I am following the development of the Amazon Middle-earth series with great interest. It's far too early to tell if it will be any good,, as everything at this stage is in the 'pre' phases: pre-production etc. We don't even have a premiere date, cast, trailer etc.
But this leaves time and room for thinking and speculation.
First and foremost, I must say that I greatly adore Howard Shore's Middle-earth music (most notably, the Complete Recordings releases of The Lord of the Rings soundtracks). This post is being written under the assumption that Howard will be not a part of the project, however much I wish him to be. He's poured so much into Middle-earth at this point, I'm unsure what else has to offer, even if he wanted to! One never knows...
So, due to my love of film and TV soundtracks, fantasy, and music and all that, I've been listening to a few composers over the years. I think I've found the perfect composer for this project. One that I've been following for a few years, and listening to his music when possible - Trevor Morris.
I greatly enjoyed his work on The Tudors, as well as some projects since, such as The Immortals, Emerald City, Dragon Age: Inquisition (and it's related content), and, currently, Vikings. It's because of the titles given that I believe he would be a great fit for working with Amazon on Middle-earth. He's on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ikWl4mjoiFlLPvkFRZETq?si=r0QQXF-mQ0SAeYuf9O8IUg) and listening to those albums, one can somewhat see which directions he may take with the Amazon Middle-earth project.
It seems unlikely (though not impossible) that Howard Shore would want to pour more time and energy into Middle-earth; though I have my fingers crossed that Trevor Morris may be the composer in his stead.
Recommended titles to listen to:
The Tudors: Season 3 - https://open.spotify.com/album/3q7V3lMHaDEBRnmyJIHni8?si=sBsIah9lS167KI4MvSu-3w
Vikings (I-III), found on his Spotify page above)
Emerald City - https://open.spotify.com/album/21luJOpXJ59XZdpopL62ZR?si=F5JEXrrNRKSV4LhDVOZjmg
The Immortals - https://open.spotify.com/album/4NVt8lfSG3Bs4G67Mbhqjx?si=ej2Yxa4KRfu5hB-MqV7k_Q
Dragon Age: Inquisition - https://open.spotify.com/album/7KwqcypmfvpVejdUyZTWMX?si=oyE4G5YjT_OGczBsEb43iA
D A: I DLC content - https://open.spotify.com/album/68Pko84mgHPW4cp8vhNdHw?si=Onof5rh_RxumOOpVmFNm4g