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The Mordor Outline, the heavy timpani-laden line heard submerged beneath Sauron’s most prominent threats, declaims its turbulent presence. From the south come the Haradrim, men of war, allies of Sauron, upon the backs of enormous Mûmakil. Shore introduces a variant of the Mordor Outline that is not unlike that heard in Osgiliath. Here it is heavier, more plodding. However, it promises the same result: slaughter. The Rohirrim reform their line and charge to meet the Haradrim head-on.

Though the Mûmakil wring no specific theme from the score, they are regularly portrayed with specific orchestral structures. The bottom of the ensemble bears the burden of the creatures’ mass with hefty melodic limbs while the upper voices spin and sizzle. In battle, their music is no different, though the ensembles upper tessitura would seem to represent Rohan’s swift attack as much as the oliphaunts.

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

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