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“My business is with Isengard tonight,” Treebeard promises, “with rock and stone.” A deliberate march begins, celli and basses grounding the downbeats while a field drum cadence strides through. Female voices enter singing “The Ents,” set to the Nature’s Reclamation theme, but this is the theme as it has never before been heard. For the first time in the story, Nature has broken from its gentle, benevolent mode and has set itself upon the path to war. Isengard’s encroaching industrialism has become an affront to Nature, and an unstoppable reckoning force now seeks to reset the balance. Nature’s Reclamation continues to build. Male voices join in support of the women’s and boy soprano, Ben Del Maestro, takes the melody line.

Meanwhile, Faramir’s captives have reached the borders of Osgiliath. Frodo hardly notices; the Ring has now become such a weight that it takes all his concentration just to soldier on. Ever supportive, Sam tries to offer him encouraging words, but the sound is drowned out by an oppressive drone of open string harmonies that threaten to burst into the Seduction of the Ring at any moment. Faramir tells his men to take the hobbits to his father, but with a poignantly hobbity line from the clarinet Sam reveals to him that Boromir was killed after trying to take the Ring. Faramir is stunned, until a threat from the sky turns his attention away from his captives.

IN THE MAKING:
After the near appearance of the Seduction of the Ring theme, this composition is dissolved out of the film, leaving the final 35 seconds unheard.

TEXTS
THE ENTS
Text by Philippa Boyens
Sindarin Translation by David Salo
First Heard: Disc Three | Track Ten
Rithannen i geven | Earth shakes,
thangen i harn | Stone breaks
na fennas i daur | The forest is at your door
ôl dûr ristannen | The dark sleep is broken
Eryn echuiannen | The woods have awoken
i ngelaidh dagrar | The trees have gone to war
ristar thynd, cúa tawar | Roots rend, wood bends
Dambedir enyd i ganed | The Ents have answered the call
Si linna i waew trin ylf | Through branches now the wind sings
Isto i dur i chuiyl | Feel the power of living things
i ngelaidh dagrar | The trees have gone to war

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

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