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Bear McCreary joins Oxonmoot

The Tolkien Society are delighted to announce that Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning composer Bear McCreary, the composer of the score for Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, will be joining us for Oxonmoot this year.

Bear McCreary is a lifelong Tolkien fan – having first read The Hobbit at the age of 10 – and described working on The Rings of Power as “a dream come true”. The soundtrack to the television series received widespread acclaim from critics, viewers and Tolkien aficionados alike, who praised McCreary for creating new and stunning themes that complement the series whilst maintaining a similar feel to Howard Shore’s scores of The Lord of the Rings films.

Before working on The Rings of Power, McCreary worked on well-received projects including the video game God of War, television series Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, and Outlander, and films 10 Cloverfield Lane and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

This Oxonmoot is proving to be one of the most spectacular we’ve ever held. Not only will we be joined by John D. Rateliff, Kristine Larsen and Brian Sibley, but I am overjoyed to say that Bear McCreary will be spending some time with us to talk about his experience on The Rings of Power. When I first heard a glimpse of the soundtrack in London last year I fell in love with the themes immediately, and now for our 50th Oxonmoot we will get this special treat.” – Shaun Gunner, Tolkien Society Chair

McCreary will be joining Oxonmoot for an exclusive chat at 4.40pm UK-time (5.40pm CET, 11.40am EDT and 8.40am PDT) on Friday 1st September 2023, and the session will be available live to all attendees.

There is still time to book to attend Oxonmoot online and gain access to the full online experience, including the session with Bear McCreary. You can book to attend via our website.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He chaired another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.