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Featuring The Song of Lúthien Music composed & performed by Viggo Mortensen; Lyrics by J.R.R. Tolkien, translated into Sindarin by David Salo.

Frodo slips on the One Ring, revealing his whereabouts to the Ringwraiths. Seeing what’s just occurred, Strider pulls the hobbit aside to await the Wraiths’ arrival. Shore counts this building sequence, which presents a particularly forceful rendition of the Wraith’s music (including the text, “The Revelation of the Ringwraiths”), among the film’s most operatic. “I love that, when the music is all under the dialogue and it keeps dramatically moving the scene, it’s so much like opera.” A musical aftershock follows the Wraiths’ futile attack as Shore drops their signature line into the lowest rumbling tones of the orchestra.

After the riders depart, Strider and the hobbits leave Bree, setting out towards Rivendell. The Fellowship now numbers five members, so again the theme rings out in an inchoate setting. “The Fellowship theme is a little fuller now,” Shore notes. “It’s the first time you’ve heard it filled out, but it’s still pretty slow. It’s not completely assembled, but it’s getting closer because now Strider has joined them. The orchestration is fuller—you hear a little more of the brass. In earlier sections with Frodo and Sam you heard one French horn playing. Now there are three.”

The journey is arduous, and while the hobbits’ innately chipper natures buoy their spirits, Strider remains distracted, almost haunted by his thoughts. As he and the hobbits make camp at night, the Ranger sings “The Song of Lúthien” into the night. Here the a cappella melody was composed and performed by Viggo Mortensen.

Elsewhere weary Gandalf is trapped atop Orthanc, peering down at the destruction that surrounds him while Shore introduces the Evil Times motive from his collection of Ring Quest Themes.

On the original soundtrack CD an earlier version of the music for this scene introduced Isengard’s propulsive Five Beat Pattern, but ultimately it was decided to save the pounding figure until later in the film when Isengard’s industrialization has become more pronounced. In this final version of Track 14, Evil Times was used to lend this scene a mournful air, more appropriate to Gandalf’s reaction.

Text by Philippa Boyens
Adûnaic Translation by David Salo
Nêbâbîtham Magânanê | We renounce our Maker.
Nêtabdam dâur-ad | We cleave to the darkness.
Nêpâm nêd abârat-aglar | We take unto ourselves the power and glory.
îdô Nidir nênâkham | Behold! We are the Nine,
Bârî’n Katharâd | The Lords of Unending Life.

Text by J. R. R. Tolkien
Sindarin Translation by David Salo
Tinúviel elvanui | Tinúviel the elven fair,
Elleth alfirin edhelhael | Immortal maiden elven-wise,
hon ring finnil fuinui | About him cast her shadowy hair
A renc gelebrin thiliol. | And arms like silver glimmering.

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

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