The “Aníron” theme marks a rare inclusion of a non-Shore melody in The Lord of the Rings score, although it was he who championed Enya’s inclusion. “I imagined her voice for this scene,” he recalls. “She wrote the music and I orchestrated. Somehow, it all felt natural. She sounds beautiful.”
After this moment between Aragorn and Arwen, the challenging Council of Elrond sequence begins. This scene, a mixture of tense moods and solemn resolve, is central to the plot of The Lord of the Rings.
ANÍRON (THEME FOR ARAGORN AND ARWEN)
Sindarin Lyrics by Roma Ryan
FIRST HEARD: DISC TWO | TRACK SEVEN
O mór henion i dhû: | From darkness I understand the night:
Ely siriar, êl síla | dreams flow, a star shines
Ai! Aníron Undómiel | Ah! I desire Evenstar
Tiro! Êl eria e mór. | Look! A star rises out of the darkness
I ‘lîr en êl luitha ‘uren. | The song of the star enchants my heart
Ai !Aníron… | Ah! I desire…
Listening Example: Disc Two | Track Seven | 0:37
In the early 1980s, Enya toured with members of her immediate and extended family in the Celtic folk group Clannad, but soon broke away to pursue her own work along with regular collaborators Nicky and Roma Ryan. In Fellowship, Enya wrote and performed “Aníron” and “May it Be.” “I wanted Enya’s voice,” says Shore. “She wrote and I orchestrated, so it’s a seamless sound. Her singing grows right out of the choral music and the orchestra.”
© The Annotated Score (The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films)
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