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Celli and bassoon glide about minor modes while heavy rattles clack in the percussion section. The Riders of Rohan are upon the Fellowship. Low brass and high woodwinds ascend in pairs of pitches, similar to the trumpet line heard when the Riders ambushed the Orcs’ camp, and the horsemen encircle the Three Hunters. Gimli, feeling no need to temper his Dwarvish charm, immediately proceeds to insult Éomer. Though it’s a somewhat less than auspicious start, herein lies the first interactions between the Fellowship and the Rohirrim, and so Shore introduces, in embryonic form, The Fellowship in Rohan, the figure that will represent the Fellowship’s presence in the Horselords’ lands.

Éomer reveals to the Fellowship that the Riders have only the night before slaughtered a party of Uruk-hai and burnt the corpses upon the plains. They saw no Halflings among them; no creature was left alive. The words rest heavily upon Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas. A dejected setting of the Fellowship theme plays out in a solo horn above a string pedal, and the score takes an unshakably dark, elegiac turn.

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

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