Finnish contemporary folk group Värttinä will compose the music for the first stage musical adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings." The show is due to premiere in Spring 2005

Finnish contemporary folk group Värttinä will compose the music for the first stage musical adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings." The show is due to premiere in Spring 2005 in London's West End.

Directed by Matthew Warchus, the project concludes the band's 20th anniversary with a bang -- a year that has seen the international release of its 10th set, "Iki," and world touring. The new set made No. 24 in leading world music magazine Songlines' list of the "essential 50 global albums of all time."

Värttinä has already started creating the music for "The Lord of the Rings" in conjunction with the show's musical supervisor, Chris Nightengale. He will also collaborate on songs with Indian composer A.R. Rahman.

"After 20 years in the business, Värttinä is more than ready for the challenge," manager Phillip Page says.

"The Return of the King," the third installment of director Peter Jackson's wildly successful film treatment of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, opens Wednesday (Dec. 17) in U.S. theaters.

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