play it again

Project Crazypants footnote

Admittedly, I probably wouldn't care all that much (although the repetitive themes are annoying) if I didn't love this style of music so much:

It sounds like the Icelandic countryside, or the ocean in winter, or corn fields and bare trees in late November, and these are all things that I love. This sound makes me yearn. My heart pants, it thirsts for something I have never quite known but still deeply desire. And isn't that what the music of Middle Earth should be like?
Another reason to use older, less-familiar instruments is that it cues the ear that this is not here and now.

And also (very) old-fashioned instruments are, as you say, interesting.