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"Haldir's Lament": Music by Howard Shore, Lyrics by J.R.R. Tolkien; Performed by Elizabeth Fraser.

Aragorn sounds the retreat, but it comes too late for Haldir. He is caught from behind by an Uruk’s blade. Elizabeth Frasier, who performed “Lament For Gandalf” in The Fellowship of the Ring, returns to once again honor a fallen hero. Shore’s composition takes a similar shape, a call and response for solo soprano and female chorus, as Fraser performs “Haldir’s Lament,” set to excerpts of “Namárië”. In death Haldir’s music returns to the Elves’ ethereal mysticism.

Spurred to action, Aragorn swings wildly at the surrounding Uruk-hai, but to no avail. The G-minor/E-minor chords return beneath the martial drum patterns and the Uruks relentlessly continue to beat down the Hornburg’s gate.

With a stifled high string setting of Evil Times in its bent, chromatic guise, Aragorn and Gimli sneakily approach the gate’s attackers. Gimli, having all but resigned himself to an undignified existence at this point, suggests that Aragorn toss him over to the causeway, atop the Uruk crowd… as long as Legolas hears no word of it. Aragorn agrees and, with the strongest reading of the Fellowship theme since the Three Hunters searched the plains of Rohan, leaps after the Dwarf to attack the Uruks.

In the confusion the Rohirrim are able to shore up the door, but a new threat emerges. The Cruelty of the Orcs returns again as the Uruks bring forth carroballistas to permanently affix ladders to the wall. Aragorn continues to battle valiantly—his efforts still marked by the down-and-back-up phrase—but the Cruelty motif slides over the Five Beat Pattern. Isengard’s theme spills out across the battlefield, the scales of battle now tipped even deeper in the Uruks’ favor by an incursion of horns and trombones.

Aragorn and Gimli, having provided ample distraction, are pulled up the wall by Legolas. Passionate strings swash for a moment, but the Uruks are nearly unstoppable. The main gate is about to fall. With no choice left, Théoden commands all troops to fall back to the keep. French horn sounds a proclamatory call of the Rohan Fanfare, which closes with the opening three pitches of the Fellowship theme. Trumpet echoes the call, likewise beginning with Rohan’s Fanfare, then concluding with a turn from the Lothlórien theme.

English and Quenya Texts by J.R.R. Tolkien
First Heard: Disc One | Track Seven
Ai! laurië lantar lassi súrinen, | Ah! like gold fall the leaves in the wind,
yéni únótimë ve rámar aldaron! | long years numberless as the wings of trees!
Yéni ve lintë yuldar avánier | The long years have passed like swift draughts
mi oromardi lissë-miruvóreva | of the sweet mead in lofty halls
Andúnë pella, Vardo tellumar | beyond the West, beneath the blue vaults of Varda
nu luini yassen tintilar i eleni | wherein the stars tremble
ómaryo airetári-lírinen. | in the voice of her song, holy and queenly.

Sí man i yulma nin enquantuva? | Who now shall refill the cup for me?

An sí Tintallë Varda Oiolossëo | For now the Kindler, Varda, the Queen of the stars,
ve fanyar máryat Elentári ortanë | From Mount Everwhite has uplifted her hands like clouds
ar ilyë tier undulávë lumbulë | and all paths are drowned deep in shadow;
ar sindanóriello caita mornië | and out of a grey country darkness lies
i falmalinnar imbë met, | on the foaming waves between us,
ar hísië untúpa Calaciryo míri oialë. | and mist covers the jewels of Calacirya for ever.
Sí vanwa ná, Rómello vanwa, Valimar! | Now lost, lost to those of the East is Valimar!
Namárië! Nai hiruvalyë Valimar! | Farewell! Maybe thou shalt find Valimar!
Nai elyë hiruva! Namárië! | Maybe even thou shalt find it! Farewell!

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

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