Legolas and Gimli find Sharku bleeding upon the plains, sputtering a sickly laugh to himself. The Orc claims Aragorn is dead, offering as proof Arwen’s pendant. Cor anglais pitches proceed down and back up, setting the Fellowship opening over a C-minor triad in low strings. The Fellowship theme, which before offered a major harmonization to a minor theme, can no longer maintain the paradox. Aragorn is gone. Surveying the carnage, Théoden fears the Orcs will return, and orders the troop to move on, leaving the dead. Celli and basses again pass through the Fellowship’s opening notes, sinking the theme’s spirits even lower.
Elsewhere, Éowyn has led the women and children of Edoras to Helm’s Deep. The opening of her theme carries her hope to the gate, admitting her inside where she finds scant provisions, a ragtag band of soldiers and the weary refugees of Rohan. The orchestral swell halts, constricted to a single disbelieving C-natural. “It’s disappointing,” Shore confirms. “It’s seen through her eyes. That’s part of what Peter was doing, always trying to bring it down to the human spirit. Musically, as well, I’m working with the characters and their emotions.” Hardanger sings the Rohan Fanfare in the same fragile setting used when the exodus began. The stronghold seems to have done little to aid the Rohirrim.
Isabel Bayrakdarian returns to provide the text for Éowyn’s wordless expression. Two lines from “The Missing,” are set to a melodic line that prefigures the upcoming “The Grace of the Valar.” The translated lines, “…she felt the loss/of all things that she missed,” express Éowyn’s pain and hopelessness, and yet the burgeoning mysticism of the melody seems to suggest the tale is not yet over. “Isabel did one take of this,” Shore recalls. “That one take was the only one we ever recorded. We were recording ‘Evenstar’ and the session had been going for hours. Then, as she was leaving, I said, ‘Maybe just try this once, we’ll record it tomorrow.’ She just did it once and we never recorded it the next day because it was so great.”
Text by Philippa Boyens
Old English Translation by David Salo
First Heard: Disc One | Track Five
Héo næ ´fre wacode dægréd | She never watched the morning rising,
Tó bisig mid dægeweorcum | Too busy with the day’s first chores
Ac oft héo wacode sunnanwanung | But oft she would watch the sun’s fading
Thonne nihtciele créap geond móras | As the cold of night crept across the moors
And on thæ ´re hwíle | And in that moment
Héo dréag thá losinga | She felt the loss
Ealra thinga the héo forléas. | Of everything that had been missed.
Héo swá oft dréag hire sáwle sincende | So used to feeling the spirit sink
Héo ne cúthe hire heortan lust | She had not felt her own heart’s wish
Listening Example: Disc One | Track Eleven| 1:54
“Isabel is a lyric soprano. A friend of mine gave me a CD of her singing, and i asked her about performing very early on,” Howard Shore recalls. “I knew that if i wanted to write anything in her range she would be wonderful. She has a beautiful voice that I felt was appropriate for ‘Evenstar.’”
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