Inspirations

Inspiration begets inspiration! Artists of all walks inspire one another in an endless revolution of new creations. Here you can find the immersive and ever evolving list of music, imagery, content, and aesthetic that has helped to inspire The Chronicles of Royal High series.

General Inspiration

⊕ Two Steps from Hell
⊕ Audiomachine
⊕ Jeremy Soule — Composer
- Skyrim Soundtrack
⊕ Thomas Newman — Composer
⊕ Howard Shore — Composer
- The Lord of the Rings Soundtracks
- The Hobbit Soundtracks
⊕ Ludovico Einaudi — Composer
⊕ The World of Warcraft Soundtracks
⊕ The epic music of my father, Edward Litfin (who is also my art director). I grew up with his composed themes and musical realms in our house which ultimately inspired a few scenes throughout my stories today. I hope one day for him to eventually release his music to the world, so you all can hear what I have loved my whole life.

Themes

⊕ Adella  
- Red — Ordinary World
- Pink — Just Like Fire
- Kelly Clarkson — Invincible
⊕ Adella and Brogan  
- Red — Hold Me Now
⊕ The New Paladins
- Audiomachine — Road To Glory
- 30 Seconds to Mars — Kings and Queens
- Marc Streitenfeld — Fate Has Smiled Upon Us

Book 1 - The Lost Noble

⊕ Prologue
- Prisoner | Audiomachine — Fortress of Solitude
⊕ Chapter 1
- Late | Jimmy Eat World — The Middle
- School | Lorde — Royals
⊕ Chapter 2
- Home | Azure Rey — Sleep
⊕ Chapter 3
- Fight | BrunuhVille — Dance with Dragons
⊕ Chapter 6
- Arrival | Metric — Help I’m Alive
⊕ Chapter 7
- Dinner | Oblivion — Sunrise of flutes
⊕ Chapter 8
- The Forest | Ludovico Einaudi — L’origine nadcosta
⊕ Chapter 11
- Vryndolne | The Veronicas — Untouched
⊕ Chapter 19
- Combat | Joan Jett — Bad Reputation
- Reveal | Two Steps From Hell — Icarus
⊕ Chapter 21
- Faire | The Tangled Soundtrack — Kingdom Dance

Book 2 - Dragon's Wrath

⊕ Chapter 1
- Bracke’s Room | Two Steps From Hell — Little Ben
⊕ Chapter 2
- Forest | Adrian von Ziegler — Autumn Forest
⊕ Chapter 6
- The City | Goldfrapp — Fly Me Away
⊕ Chapter 10
- Practice | Edward Litfin — One of the songs my father wrote that I grew up with really helped inspire this scene when I was young.
⊕ Chapter 11
- Bitter | Hans Zimmer — Time
⊕ Chapter 13:
- Frost Tide | London Philharmonic/Don Jackson — Here We Come A-Wassailing
- Speech | Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune — Nate’s theme
⊕ Chapter 14
- Fireside | Apollo’s Fire — Sacrum Mysterium, Pt. II (Christ Child’s Lullaby)
⊕ Chapter 18
- Moonlight | Two Steps From Hell — Little Ben
⊕ Chapter 20
- Book | Audiomachine — Creation (or Epiphany; both songs inspired the scene, and both songs work for it).
⊕ Chapter 23
- Party | Icona Pop — I Love It
⊕ Chapter 25
- Fly | Audiomachine — Road To Glory
⊕ Chapter 26
- Barren | Derek Duke — God Hunters
⊕ Chapter 28
- Talon Drops In | Beck — E-pro (instrumental)
⊕ Chapter 29
- Found | Thor: Brian Tyler — Deliverance
- Plead | Audiomachine — Path to Freedom
- Halls | Audiomachine — Beyond Good and Evil
⊕ Chapter 30
- Scar | Audiomachiene — Battle of the Kings
- Alive | 30 Seconds to Mars — Kings and Queens
⊕ Chapter 31
- Ivory Tower | Audiomachiene — Above and Beyond
- Ball | The Verve — Bittersweet Symphony
- Tidal Wave of Stars | Red — Hold Me Now

Movies, Books, &
Other Media

(non-exhaustive)

⊕ Book/Movie
- The Lord of the Rings — J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Hobbit — J. R. R. Tolkien
- Harry Potter — J. K. Rowling
- Percy Jackson — Rick Riordan
- The Chronicles of Narnia — C. S. Lewis
- Stardust — Neil Gaiman
- Ella Enchanted
- Princess Bride
⊕ Book/Show
- Game of Thrones — George. R. R. Martin
⊕ Book
- The Legend of Drizzt — R. A. Salvatore
- Throne of Glass — Sarah J. Maas
⊕ Movie
- A Knight’s Tale
- The Dark Crystal
- Labyrinth
- Legend
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (animation)
- Disney’s Tangled (animation)
⊕ Show
- Winx Club (animation)
⊕ Video Game
- World of Warcraft
- Skyrim
- Runescape
- Legend of Zelda
- Fable
- Oblivion
⊕ Video Game/Book/Show
- The Witcher
⊕ Game
- Dungeons & Dragons

*The Chronicles of Royal High is simply inspired by the sources of content mentioned here, and is not affiliated or sponsored in any way unless otherwise noted.