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The Rivendell arpeggios cloud over as more visitors arrive. “It’s a darker version of that opening,” notes the composer. Soon the score dabbles in significantly grimmer tones, previewing the musical palette of Mount Doom. Elrond details Isildur’s long-ago refusal to destroy the One Ring and the music bursts into a passionate rumbling of brass chords and rolled timpani before the arpeggios return again, gloomier yet, dulled by disappointment.

Later, the second appearance of the Evil Times motive in the Cor Anglais greets Aragorn and Boromir as they meet over the shards of Narsil. The wilting phrase foreshadows the suffering the Ring will soon bring, as Boromir suspiciously examines the shattered blade.

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