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Gandalf himself will ride to Minas Tirith to issue the warning. At his side will be Pippin, now deemed too mischievous to be left unsupervised. Shore’s music picks up a bright clip as the wizard ushers his new companion towards Edoras’ stables. But Pippin doesn’t understand, so it falls to Merry to explain to him what’s happening. Once again, strings and clarinet apply the Fellowship theme to the two hobbit friends; they’ve taken their next step towards responsibility. As Merry presents Pippin a packet of Longbottom Leaf for the trip, solo clarinet swerves back towards the stepwise motion of the Shire theme while the strings reiterate the Fellowship material. Pippin is afraid, but Merry can offer him no more than this creature comfort. He doesn’t know what is going to happen.

Shadowfax launches out of the stables and, with a propulsive compound-meter setting of Gandalf the White (in the Fellowship), wizard and hobbit are off. Merry races up a lookout tower to watch his friend depart. As he speaks with Aragorn the Fellowship theme plays again. Merry worries about his friend’s ability to take care of himself, but he seems to understand that what must be must be.

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