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After a clear rendition of the Shire music bids the hobbits goodnight, Shore turns to a shadowy bit of writing that includes some of the score’s most unusual orchestrations. Alto flute creates a smoky air of mystery while a rubbed tam-tam and eight timpani (two players) spike the impending danger as Gandalf reveals the true nature of Bilbo’s favorite trinket.

Gollum’s Pity theme makes a particularly chilling entrance here under a lingering shot of Frodo awaiting Gandalf’s reassurance that no one knows of the One Ring’s Shire residence. The gnarled line reminds us, distressingly, that no such reassurance is forthcoming. The Threat of Mordor motive projects the dread that Wizard and hobbit feel.

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

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