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A shadowy figure on horseback moves across Rohan’s plains. The music establishes a martial gait as Aragorn catches sight of a blight upon the land—at least 10,000 Orcs moving in snaking columns. Brego turns and picks up his pace, and Shore returns to The Heroics of Aragorn as the Dúnedan speeds towards Helm’s Deep. This is the most powerful and propulsive setting of this Fellowship variant in the score—a very similar setting to that heard at Amon Hen—but there is still an impurity threaded within. The rising perfect fourth interval that first introduced Aragorn in Bree again opens the ascending line, and it is this interval that carries the remnants of Aragorn’s reluctance and uncertainty. He rides to Helm’s Deep not to lead, but to forewarn.

Nevertheless, the score grants him a hero’s welcome. A short running line for bassoon and celli carries Aragorn across the causeway—a line which recalls the figures heard when Éomer and his Riders first encountered Aragorn and the Fellowship upon the plains of Rohan, neatly paralleling the events. A strong turn of the Fellowship theme sounds, the first we have heard of this theme since Gimli and Legolas mourned Aragorn after the Warg attack.

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

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