Ringer Fan Peter writes in about an article we posted regarding Howard Shore’s take on the rough cut of ROTK :

Peter writes:

Shore says: “You’re ultimately dealing with a nine- to 10-hour film,” Shore explains. Furthermore, music is an ongoing part of the creative fabric. “You’re creating a large musical work, a 10-hour piece, using all the Tolkien languages.”

I was thinking that if he was just talking about the theatrical releases, then this implies that since the FOTR was ~3 hours, TTT was ~3 hours, then this means the last movie is 3 – 4 hours, adding up to 9 – 10 hours.

If he meant the extended cuts, then since FOTR was ~3.5 hours, and TTT will be ~3.7 hours, then ROTK should be 1.8 – 2.8 hours?! This isn’t right.

So it must be the first, implying that ROTK may even be 4 hours long, especially given that he actually says “You’re creating a large musical work, a 10-hour piece.”. Of course this isn’t really isn’t new news, but might be a good, early indication of how long ROTK will be.

Remembering that Jackson has said that RoTK will be “as long as it needs to be”, and that Shore needs to be intimately acquainted with the film to write his score, this could indeed be a good early indication of the ultimate length we’ll see at the cinema.

But it’s also important to remember how long speculation went on for the cut length for Two Towers. I wouldn’t be laying any big bets just yet – Demosthenes.