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Safely deposited in Rivendell, the score relaxes a moment to commingle music from the hobbit and Elf societies. The iridescent Rivendell theme enters, with all the beauty and finality that it imparts. “It’s music for the end of a civilization,” Shore reminds us. The female choir now sings “Hymn to Elbereth,” in reference to the Elves’ Queen of the Stars.

The Hymn setting of the Shire theme returns, reuniting Frodo and Bilbo. “You haven’t heard that since you saw
Sam talking to Frodo in the cornfield,” says Shore. As Bilbo shows Frodo his book’s progress, the theme’s Pensive setting returns as well, now scored for clarinet, then flute (see instrumentalists, orchestra). “It seems a little more elegant with Bilbo. Again I couldn’t use the whistle here, it’s too tender a scene. There are none of the hobbit folk sounds in Rivendell,” the composer explains. “It’s more classical.”

TEXTS
HYMN TO ELBERETH
Sindarin Text by J.R.R. Tokien
English Translation by David Salo
FIRST HEARD: DISC TWO | TRACK FIVE
A Elbereth Gilthoniel, | O Elbereth Star-kindler
silivren penna míriel | There slants down like shining jewels
o menel aglar elenath! | From heaven the glory of the stars.
Na-chaered palan-díriel | After gazing afar into the distance
o galadhremmin ennorath, | From tree-tangled Middle-earth
Fanuilos, le linnathon | Snow-white, I sing to you
nef aear, sí nef aearon! | Beyond the sea, here beyond the great sea.

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

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