Into the West (5:46)

Cover of Lord Of The Rings 3-The Return Of The King

From Lord Of The Rings 3-The Return Of The King and 3 other releases

“Into the West” is a song performed by Annie Lennox, and the end-credit song of the 2003 film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It is written and composed by Lennox, Return of the King producer and co-writer, Fran Walsh, and the film’s composer Howard Shore. The song plays during the closing credits of the 2003 film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The song was later covered by New Zealand singers Yulia Townsend and Will Martin. In 2013 it’s been announced by German A capella Metal band Van Canto that they will be performing a cover on their fifth studio album, Dawn of the Brave which will be released in early 2014. The song was conceived as a bittersweet Elvish lament sung by Galadriel for those who have sailed across the Sundering Sea. Several phrases from the song are taken from the last chapter of The Return of the King.

In the commentaries and documentaries accompanying the extended DVD edition of the film, director Peter Jackson explains that the song wasn’t inspired by Frodo, but by the premature death from cancer of young New Zealand filmmaker Cameron Duncan, whose work had impressed Jackson and his team. The first public performance of the song was at Duncan’s funeral.
The song has five different versions, in addition to the version used in the film (with the orchestral ending). Promos were made available in late November 2003.

The song won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 76th Academy Awards, one of the film’s eleven wins. Lennox also performed the song live at the ceremony.

It also won a Grammy Award at the 47th Grammy Awards for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

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  • TWHsr

    Good song, but the vid sucks.

    21 Mar 4:06am Reply
  • memoralista

    This is not one of her best versions. There are better vids of this song!!!

    12 Mar 1:10am Reply
  • bicknor

    Like the elves.................

    9 Mar 4:48pm Reply
  • Celary_Stalker

    Who the *bleep* chose this video? Who is chosing these videos? Its an awesome song but I don't want to see the god-bleep oscars!

    4 Mar 6:01pm Reply
  • TWHsr

    Good.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bugo88

    Pure magic.

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    "Should be tagged as Howard Shore." --> FUCK NO. [6] -- also, lennox co-wrote the song and released it as a single

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Abetancourt_

    I can't hear this song without letting tears falls from my eyes.

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • HenryBadaroh

    "Should be tagged as Howard Shore." --> FUCK NO. [5]

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • KarlaBeatles

    "Should be tagged as Howard Shore." --> NO. [4] O.o

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TWHsr

    Cool song.

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • dogs_best_frnd

    I want some......

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • grab-yamato

    This song... so powerful, so stunning, so emotional. Chills me to the very core. Annie Lennox's voice is sensational.

    26 Dec 2012 Reply
  • anarchyjedi

    The secret fire, which is in all souls mortal or immortal, is rather like the holy ghost. Even if all do not physically come to Valinor, all souls are part of the flame imperishable, and so must endure in some sense. I find the divide between Valinor and Middle-earth to be very figurative; it seems obvious to me that even Men are intended to join the ranks of holiness in some way in the end - that they should fall from grace creates the existential conflict where good must be restored. Characters like Aragorn, and his marriage to Arwen, is indicative of blurring the lines. As Tolkien notes in the letter included in newer editions of The Silmarillion that Elves ultimately represent an aspect of humanity - so they are projected as separate from Men for the sake of mythology and storytelling. But the grand mythology is left vague deliberately, I think, so that a common thread for all characters can be established. It really depends on what story you want to tell, in the end.

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • kieleke

    Oh here we go again with my geeky comments ;) That's exactly what disturbes me so, that Gandalf describes the afterlife exactly how the Gray Havens are like, and later on we hear a song that connects these two things again as a one and the same thing. Any of that is not included in Tolkien's books; there aren't any descriptions of death really if I'm not badly mistaken, only personal opinions of the characters if anything. I do see the White Havens as a symbol of parting, something ending, the last travel, but I'd keep it that way since it's not where "all souls pass", but a place you can travel only while alive, a Holy land or not. It's a matter of tastes. Some might find the metaphor of dying/travelling overseas touching, whereas I find it clichéish. Also the details of the song don't go along with my image of the Aman or Grey Havens. But as I said, the ending sons don't have to be 100% connected to the film.

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Benzzzo93

    The Grey Havens pretty much are heaven and death, because it's the only place the elves will be able to live forever, and Bilbo & Frodo die there. Also those lyrics reference a scene in the film.

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • kieleke

    A LotR fans opinion: I know that the ending songs don't have to be 100% connected to the film but it has always troubled me how the lyrics make it sound like someone is dying. "And all will turn/ To silver glass/ A light on the water/ All souls pass" noooooo. It's not heaven or death! They're simply sailing to a blessed land called Aman, the home of the elves.

    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • philliebird

    i'm fairly certain this song is perfect. well done, annie.

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • radiohedge

    When Annie Lennox sings, every little hair on my arms stands at attention.

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Oregon_Myst

    While this song is so very depressing, it's too lovely to ignore. She does it perfectly. The words, the scene... Amazing! [2] Absolutely! :)

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
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