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Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli travel the Dimholt Road. The Army of the Dead theme now fully unearths itself, men’s voices (see The Way is Shut text) fading attenuated horizontal phrases one into the next while strings needle the orchestra from above, and gongs disrupt it from below. The music plays to unseen eyes, creating a truly haunted sense, as if the Fellowship’s every step were increasingly enveloped by a massing, edgeless presence.

Scarred rock and dead trees lead the troupe to a door in the Dwimorberg mountain. Celli and basses play a chromatic line touched by the tremors of tam-tam rolls. The door coughs up a gale of wind and the Fellowship’s horses abandon them. The orchestra thickens, high strings clotting their diatonic harmonies while mid- and low-brass shudder with chromatic clusters. Undeterred, Aragorn tucks his head and walks straight into the wind, through the door and into Dwimorberg. The harmony clarifies, prouder consonances shining through. Legolas follows. Gimli pauses, but with a pair of Fellowship-derived chords, charges in. Dissonance swallows them all, and they disappear into the dark.

TEXTS
THE WAY IS SHUT
Text by J.R.R. Tolkien
Sindarin Translation by David Salo
FIRST HEARD: DISC TWO | TRACK NINE
Hollen i ven | The way is shut.
In gyrth han agorer | It was made by those who are dead
A han beriar in gyrth | And the Dead keep it.
Hollen i ven | The way is shut.

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

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