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Merry and Pippin’s southeastern journey from the Shire has been no easier. The two were captured by the Uruk-hai at the end of Fellowship, and have now been bound and tossed upon the Uruk’s shoulders on their rough journey across Middle-earth. As the ferocious band passes, Shore’s composition lurches to life with harsh, grunting brass tones— including French horns in their lowest, most guttural register—before clarinet and bassoon pick up the beginning of a resolute but strained clip of the Shire theme. Merry and Pippin aren’t beaten yet. The line finishes proudly in resonant brass, but soon the Uruks are back on the move. The score is roused to violent purpose as the hammering percussion of the Five Beat Pattern bludgeons its musical surroundings and ushers the Isengard/Orc theme back into the score.

The final choral outburst in this piece, which uses the text “The Missing” was not used in the film, but appears here on disc in its intended place.

Text by Philippa Boyens
Old English Translation by David Salo
First Heard: Disc One | Track Five
Héo næ ´fre wacode dægréd | She never watched the morning rising,
Tó bisig mid dægeweorcum | Too busy with the day’s first chores
Ac oft héo wacode sunnanwanung | But oft she would watch the sun’s fading
Thonne nihtciele créap geond móras | As the cold of night crept across the moors
And on thæ ´re hwíle | And in that moment
Héo dréag thá losinga | She felt the loss
Ealra thinga the héo forléas. | Of everything that had been missed.
Héo swá oft dréag hire sáwle sincende | So used to feeling the spirit sink
Héo ne cúthe hire heortan lust | She had not felt her own heart’s wish

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

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