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But Frodo and Sam are not yet gone. With their last ounce of strength, the two run from the Cracks of Doom, only to find themselves trapped on the steep outer wall of Mount Doom. Rivers of lava pour down the sides, plumes of ash and rock fuming from its vent. But even here, at the end of all things, Frodo is beholden to fate. “It’s gone. It’s done,” he tells Sam. “I can see the Shire.”

Gandalf’s Farewells continues, now peacefully set for soprano voices. The two hobbits, the saviors of Middle-earth, prepare to accept death. Frodo hugs Sam. Wordlessly the voices sing of the Fellowship. All fades to black.

…But all does not end. Renée Fleming joins the score again to sing the Sindarin text, “The Eagles” over delicate strings and chorus. Three great birds appear, Gandalf at their lead. They grasp Frodo and Sam in their talons and carry them away from the death and destruction that pits Mordor.

TEXTS
THE EAGLES
Text by J. R. R. Tolkien and Philippa Boyens
Sindarin Translation by David Salo
FIRST HEARD: DISC THREE | TRACK SIXTEEN
Orthannen im vi ôl | In a dream I was lifted up.
Coll e dû | Borne from the darkness
Or hiriath naur | Above rivers of fire.
Na rovail mae sui ‘waew | On wings soft as the wind.
Man prestant i ardhon? | What’s happened to the world?
Cerithar aen illaid dim úthenin? | Is everything sad going to come untrue?

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

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