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"Gollum's Song": Music by Howard Shore; Lyrics by Fran Walsh; Performed by Emiliana Torrini.

Gollum leads Frodo and Sam on as the orchestra picks up a series of fluid minor harmonies, pulling the stylistic tendencies of The Pity of Gollum down inky new avenues. “The writing seems solid, but it’s always a little unstable. It’s a searching piece,” Shore describes. As at the end of Fellowship, boys choir begins humming a wordless melody line. The frame pauses on the distant fires of Mount Doom. Shore watches carefully. “We’ll be there soon.”

The boys draw back, handing the melody to Emiliana Torrini, who will sing “Gollum’s Song,” which marks an important turn for the character. It highlights the point at which Sméagol begins to adopt Gollum’s views. As Sméagol abandons his obeisant nature, this theme will all but disappear, leaving Frodo and Sam at the mercy of Gollum’s Menace.

Lyrics by Fran Walsh
First Heard: Disc Three | Track Fourteen
Where once was light
Now darkness falls
Where once was love
Love is no more

Don’t say – goodbye
Don’t say – i didn’t try…

These tears we cry
Are falling rain
For all the lies
You told us
The hurt, the blame!

And we will weep
To be so alone
We are lost!
We can never go home

So in the end
I will be –what i will be
No loyal friend
Was ever there for me

Now we say – goodbye
We say – you didn’t try…

These tears you cry
Have come too late
Take back the lies
The hurt, the blame!

And you will weep
When you face the end alone
You are lost!
You can never go home


Listening Example: Disc Three | Track Fourteen | 1:14
Raised in Iceland, Emiliana Torrini received a classical operatic training before choosing to pursue songwriting and performing. Torrini’s unique performance style perfectly matched the tone of Gollum’s Song.

© The Annotated Score (The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films)

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