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The Realm of Gondor (in Decline) theme begins this composition with its only appearance in The Fellowship of the Ring. “I wanted to begin that theme right at that moment when Boromir talks about his father, Denethor Steward of Gondor.”

“It took so long just to get all these gestures just perfect. Gandalf closes his eyes. It’s such a great moment, it had to be just right. It’s all gestures and eyes—so much of the movie is that. It’s big and epic, but so much of it is just eye movement and looks and turns. It’s very opera-like in the gestures. There’s beautiful detail in the story. It’s great storytelling—and it’s all on small levels and relationships.”

Concluding this piece, the Fellowship theme appears in its first fully formed statement. In a crescendo of brass and cymbals, Elrond officially pronounces the nine members the Fellowship of the Ring. “That’s the first time you hear it in its full orchestration,” smiles the composer.

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

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