The end of the Lord of the Rings in the music

The end of the Lord of the Rings in the music

From the Mouth of Sauron till the Grey Havens


No one will argue that the soundtrack of the film trilogy of The Lord of the Rings is something exceptional in the history of film music. It's like Howard Shore, the brilliant mind behind this composition, had traveled to Middle Earth, and not only that, he is like an hybrid between all peoples and races of this fantastic place. He masterfully reflects all times, all cultures and all the battles in his music, a music that does not need the images to be enjoyed and lived with great intensity. This soundtrack will be part in music history and it is for me the most famous composition of the last century. Thank you, Howard Shore, by transporting us to a wonderful place.
The source of the lyrics of the chorus has been found in David Salo is the official translator of the film. Thank you for creating this wonderful environment. Thank you, because thanks to this, the music of The Lord of the Rings is more unique, and, importantly, it represents the culture of Middle-earth.

The Mouth of Sauron – Ft. Sir James Galway

“Let the Lord of the Black Land come forth! Let justice be done upon him!”

            After these words of Aragorn, the Mouth of Sauron comes from Mordor through the Black Gate. The music reflects the sinister and heavy Mordor theme. Thus, the Mouth of Sauron rides to the rhythm of the hymn of the Dark Lord, and speaks to the Fellowship.
“My master, Sauron the Great, bids thee welcome.”

            The music gets heavier when the Mouth of Sauron begins to insult the members of the Company. The power of the Lieutenant of Barad-Dûr lies in its ability to influence people. The music gets dramatic when it approaches the wrenching moment.

“Old Greybeard. I have a token I was bidden to show thee.”

            The Mouth of Sauron shows them the Frodo's mithril mesh, implying that the beloved halfling has been annihilated. Music makes you feel that despair, the fear, and the sadness felt by members of the Fellowship, especially the hobbits Merry and Pippin, which are destroyed. The Mouth of Sauron continues to cause harm to members of the Fellowship, he can not evade it, it's his way of being, and the music perfectly demonstrates that sadness.

“And who is this? Isildur's heir? It takes more to make a king than a broken Elvish blade.”

            Although not in the book Aragorn doesn’t decapitate the Mouth of Sauron, because he returns to Mordor when he sees that he cannot do that they surrender, in the movie Aragorn decapitates him, and the music tries to show that triumphant aspect where good, hope and the truth prevails over falsehood and evil influences.

“I do not believe it. I will not.”

            Then starts playing the music that symbolizes the passage of the army of Sauron. The orcs are moving towards the members of the Fellowship, and they have to retreat to their reinforcements.

“Sons of Gondor. Of Rohan. My Brothers.”

            Aragorn begins to give his speech to the Gondorian and Rohirrim who are with him. The theme of Gondor begins to be heard, and also the theme of the Fellowship. Aragorn's influence is very powerful, he is the King of Gondor. And this is noted in his music, a hopeful and full of strength and courage music. The theme of the Fellowship sounds, and is the most powerful since all together help Frodo to give his final step to take down the Dark Lord.

In the next scene is seen as Frodo and Sam are going up the Mount Doom. The music is dark, meaning the dark place where the two hobbits are. When the camera focuses on Frodo, the music becomes more tender, and that flute reminds us of the beautiful Shire, that the hobbits, in the depths of their heart, yearn, as we would do if we were in their place. Frodo uses all his strength to climb. They are already very close to finish their mission. But they are exhausted.

In the next scene are seen the free peoples being surrounded by the orcs of Mordor. The music suggests the approach of a great battle. The men’s hope hangs in the balance, as there are too many orcs.

“Never thought I'd die fighting side by side with an elf.”

            The music that plays when Gimli and Legolas are mutually confessing their friendship is friendly. It is a reconciliation between two races eternally faced.

“What about side by side with a friend? Aye... I could do that.”

            Sam tries to help Frodo, he tries to give forces and encourage him, although he would also need someone to cheer him. The role of Sam in this story is very important, because without him, Frodo would not have been able to fulfill his mission. The music starts to get epic, heralding the final battle. But before that, Sam has to help Frodo.

“Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo?”

            The beautiful music of the Shire resumes again. The warmth of the hobbit holes, the earthly paradise that Sam tries that Frodo remembers is the main thing now. Nothing matters, nor gloom, nor war, nor death. Frodo needs to remember the warmth of the Shire. And the flute of the Shire comes back again to delight us and capture this great moment.

“I am naked in the dark.”

            The drama returns when Sam sees that Frodo can not remember or feel anything about the Shire because of the One Ring. The music turns dark as the soul of the Ringbearer.

“Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can't carry it for you... but I can carry you!”

            But Sam does not lose hope. The good one of Samwise wants that Frodo to regain his happiness and the peace returns to this world. He loves a lot Frodo and he will help him and his beautiful home, as he can. So Sam charges Frodo and takes him in the back up to Mount Doom. The theme of Sam sounds, that epic trumpet represents the power of Sam and his willpower. The choirs also sing a lyric that represents very well this time.

Na meth
Dithon na meth
To the end
With him to the end

Source Text: the Argument

For Frodo – Ft. Ben del Maestro

            In the film, the men see the army of orcs, and raise their eyes to the tower of Barad-Dûr. Aragorn, or Elessar, looks to the Eye of Sauron. The sound that can be heard in the background represents that hypnotism in what both Aragorn and Gandalf are immersed. They know that Frodo is alive. And they will help him. They'll give everything to help the Bearer and Middle Earth. Aragorn turns his head, and says the epic phrase.

“For Frodo”

            So begins the epic music. The theme of the Fellowship is the most important and powerful within it, representing strength, power, union, in life and in death, as stated in the lyric of the choirs.

Ae na guil nín egor na ngurth nín
Gerin le beriad
Le beriathon
Le annon vegil nín
Cyll e-Gorv
Le annon beth nín
Ú-erir aen han risto
Ú-erir aen han presto
Rúvo i rym
I aur hen ú bant!
Isto Mordor han:
Elessar! Elessar!
Tellin i Chîr Gondor!
If by my life or death
I can protect you
I will
I give you my sword
I give you my word
It cannot be broken
Nor turned aside
Let the horns sound
This day is not done!
Let Mordor know this:
Elessar! Elessar!
The Lords of Gondor have come!

Source Text: For Frodo

            So, the Fellowship and the free peoples charge against the orcs as the music describes the hope of the free peoples and the return of the king.

“Clever Hobbits to climb so high!”

            Sam carried Frodo to the entrance of Mount Doom, and that's when the creature Gollum appears. The choirs cease when Gollum tries to strangle Frodo, sounding music as doubt, as progression, and time of stress. Sam then goes to him, ending the scene.
The choirs again come as soon as the battle comes back to the Black Gate of Mordor. The free peoples fight endlessly with the endless army of orcs. The Nazgûl appear, and Sam meanwhile is taking his fight against Gollum, which ends when he draws his sword, and sees that Frodo is running towards Mount Doom. Meanwhile, the choirs still continue singing their masterful singing in honor and loyalty to King Elessar.
Music makes its stop when the lead voice of the great Ben del Maestro comes to action. The slow, beautiful music sung by this remarkable young soloist representing the arrival of help from the Eagles.

“Eagles! The Eagles are coming!”

Orthannen im vi ól
Coll e dû
Or hiriath naur
Na rovail mae sui 'waew
Man prestant i ardhon?
Cerithar aen illiad dim úthenin?
In a dream I was lifted up
Borne from the darkness
Above the rivers of fire
On wings soft as the wind
What’s happened to the world?
Is everything sad going to come untrue?

Source Text: the Eagles

            The scene ends with the theme that I think is the Sam theme, when he gets into Mount Doom and sees Frodo on the edge with the ring about to be thrown.

Mount Doom – Ft. Renée Fleming

            Sam approaches Frodo and sees him on the edge of Mount Doom with the One Ring in his hand, ready (or so it seems) to throw it into the fires where it was forged.

“Destroy it! Go on, now!. Throw it in the fire!”

            The music here represents the persuasive power of the One Ring. The influence of the Ring becomes more powerful, while Frodo is unable to throw it into the fire and is almost hypnotized. The mastery with which Howard Shore combines here the strings to generate the mesmerizing sound with the theme of the Ring is spectacular. So the theme of the Ring is the one with all the attention, and it's as this string instrumentation ends before the final apotheosis.

“The Ring is mine.”

            The choirs begin singing. The end is near, but Frodo is fully influenced by the power of the Ring. He has fallen to its influence. Frodo has claimed the Ring for himself, as Isildur did in his time. The choirs begins when Frodo claims the Ring, and eventually put it on, what attracts the Eye of Sauron to Mount Doom. The lyric of the choirs sings what was decided at the Council of Elrond.

Mi naurath Orodruin
Boe hedi i Vin.
Han i vangad i moe ben bango.
Sin eriol natha tûr în úgarnen
Sin eriol ûm beleg úgannen
Ú cilith 'war
Ú men 'war
Boe min mebi
Boe min bango
Into the fires of Orodruin
The One must be cast
This the price that must be paid
Only thus its power will be undone
Only thus a great evil unmade
There is no other choice
There is no other way
One of you must take it
One of you must pay

Source Text: the Destruction of the Ring

            In the film happen the scenes of Gollum fighting Frodo and Aragorn fighting against a Mordor troll. The music keeps playing, representing the final path, which is on the edge of ruin.
The soloist Renée Fleming appears when Gollum rip off with a bite the finger of the Ring from Frodo, and now he is who claims the Ring. Gollum jumps with joy because he has recovered his precious, while Aragorn is about to be killed by the troll, and nobody can help him. The theme of the One Ring rises again when Frodo gets up, with his bloody hand. Then the choirs starts singing again when he begins a fight against the creature Gollum, causing both to fall towards the fires of Orodruin.
The masterful choirs that sound while Frodo is fighting with Gollum are simply spectacular. All instruments of that moment are essential. Stringed instruments sound very sharp, and are intended to create such apotheosic atmosphere that if only for the choirs, you would notice that something is missing, even though the choirs are the main thing. It's the perfect end to the destruction of the One Ring.

The Crack of Doom

            Here occur various themes. Before explaining the musical progression, I must say that the lyrics of the choirs that sing till the destruction of the Black Gate are sourced by The Argument and The Destruction of the Ring.
To begin, the theme of the Ring resumes when you see it in the lava of the Orodruin, even without being melted. Sam then throws his hand to Frodo, as he is hanging of the precipice in danger of falling into the fire. The music playing is about hope, a last effort. Choirs sing about the source of The Argument.

“Don’t you let go… don’t let go… Reach!”

            When Frodo forcefully grabs Sam's hand, the One Ring is melted, and Sauron begins to suffer the effects. When the tower of Barad-Dûr begins to collapse, sounds the epic victory music. Choirs sing.

Anírach únad
Egor gurth hen
Han cenin vi chen lín
Egor ú-'erin le devi
Tellin men achae
Brennin men anann
Rago! Ú-erich leithio,
Ú-erich o nin gwanno.
You want nothing more
Than this death
I see it in your eye
But I cannot let you
We have come too far
We have held on too long
Reach! You cannot let go
You cannot leave me

Source Text: Don’t let go

            After the choirs, the strings take the protagonism. They play the himn of victory, and the hymn of triumph of King Elessar, and the defeat of Sauron. The tower of Barad-Dûr is destroyed, and the Eye of Sauron explodes. The music of the strings is simply beautiful, a delight for the ears and worthy of a hymn of victory, a sign that there is always hope, and that this can triumph.

“Frodo! Frodo!”

            Then the Black Gate of Mordor, and Mordor itself, begin to collapse, while the orcs flee the place. The choirs come back, singing an epic chant of defeat of the enemy.

Nu dalav
Úrui tuiannen na ruith
Leithia Orodruin oe in phan.
Ristannen i geven,
Danna eliad morn.
Si, na vethed
Meth i naid bain
I wilith úria
I ardhon ban lacha!
Beneath the ground
Swollen hot with anger
Orodruin releases all its ruin
Earth rips asunder
Black rain falls
Here at the end
The end of all things
The air is aflame
All the world is on fire

Source Text: Mountain of Fire

            Once Orodruin explodes, the music becomes sad and melancholic, because everyone thinks that Frodo and Sam were killed in the explosion. The hobbits collapse and cry, but not only they but also cry Aragorn and Gandalf, and in their faces you can see the fear, the horror, that the poor Bearer has fulfilled his mission but he ended dying. They pass from joy and happiness to sadness without end. It is a victory, but a bitter victory because they believe they have lost their friends.
But Frodo and Sam are alive, and they escaped the Orodruin’s heart. Yet the music still sounds sad and melancholic, because even the hobbits think they will die there.

“It’s gone. It’s done.”

            Sam's sadness at not being able to marry Rosie Cotton is also reflected in the sad music. It is music that perfectly reflects the feelings of the two hobbits, together, lost and alone in a destroyed Mordor, destined to die, even though they have fulfilled their mission. There is a short break before this, when Frodo begins to remember the Shire, and sounds very weakly the theme of Samwise, but in a very sad and melancholic tone.

“I'm glad to be with you Samwise Gamgee. Here at the end of all things.”

The Eagles – Ft. Renée Fleming

            The music played here is part of both when the hobbits are embraced as when they are in the rock and are rescued. The music before to when are rescued is very dark and sad, very weak. The hobbits are alone in Mordor, no hope of getting out alive. But the great Gandalf would not let the two hobbits die. Along with Gwaihir, Lord of the Eagles, and some of them, he goes in search of the hobbits, and rescues them. That's when the famous singer Renée Fleming makes an appearance singing a beautiful solo, a real delight for the ears. It's beauty made ​​music. He sings the theme of the Eagles, the same as Ben del Maestro sings in For Frodo. Gandalf appears as a savior, suddenly appearing from a distance to help the hobbits.

Orthannen im vi ól
Coll e dû
Or hiriath naur
Na rovail mae sui 'waew
Man prestant i ardhon?
Cerithar aen illiad dim úthenin?
In a dream I was lifted up
Borne from the darkness
Above the rivers of fire
On wings soft as the wind
What’s happened to the world?
Is everything sad going to come untrue?

Source Text: the Eagles

The Fellowship Reunited – Ft. Sir James Galway, Viggo Mortensen and Renée Fleming

            Frodo is on a bed in Minas Tirith and Gandalf is in front of him, looking at him. The music playing is about surprise. When Frodo sees Gandalf, this surprise becomes joyful. Both start to laugh.
When Merry and Pippin come into the scene, begin to play the music of the Shire. Then slowly are entering Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn, and the theme of the Shire begins to transform into the theme of the Fellowship. The Fellowship is reunited again, this little family that came from Rivendell and was separated into Amon Hen. Finally, Sam enters and the music stops. Sam has been someone very important to Frodo, as he has been his traveling companion to the end and have spent a lot together. Thus, the theme of the Shire resumes. But it's not a matter of joy. It is a theme of affection, appreciation, a gentle and friendly theme.

This theme of the Shire becomes into the theme of the victory against Sauron or the theme of King Elessar, because then you see as Aragorn is crowned in Minas Tirith for Gandalf the White. When Aragorn is crowned sounds the Gondor theme, with its majestic trumpets.

“Now come the days of the king! May they be blessed.”

            The theme of Gondor becomes a theme of joy, where you see the gondorians applauding the new King Elessar. Then, Viggo Mortensen makes his famous contribution to the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings by adding his own composition and voice representing the crowning of Aragorn.

Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien
Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar
tenn’ Ambar-metta!

Out of the Great Sea to Middle-Earth I am come
In this place I will abide, and my heirs
Unto the ending of the world

Source Text: Elessar’s Oath

            After this, Aragorn approaches Legolas, and they greet warmly and amicably, and sounds again the theme of the Fellowship. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are ​​great friends, they have lived many adventures together, and only death would separate them, but as we all know, Aragorn dies of old age and Legolas takes Gimli to the Undying Lands.

“Hannon le (Thank you)”

            After this encounter with Legolas, Aragorn sees Arwen, which is next to Elrond and a few elves. The master Renée Fleming returns making a solo, singing some verses in honor to Lúthien Tinúviel.

Tinúviel elvanui
Elleth alfirin edhelhael
O hon ring finnil fuinui
A renc gelebrin thiliol
Tinúviel the elven-fair
Immortal maiden elven-wise
About him cast her shadowy hair
And arms like silver glimmering

Source Text: Song of Lúthien

            When Aragorn kisses Arwen the music changes, a more cheerful and jovial music. A music that fits perfectly with the romantic ending of King Elessar. The flute is beginning, what assume that the Kings are going to come to the hobbits. And so, after the happy moment of both, they walk and meet Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin, who bow to the king.

“My friends… you bow to no one.”

            So, Aragorn, beside Arwen, begins to bow to the four hobbits, to which all the people there bow in honor to the people of the Shire. The theme of the Shire begins to play, and this time, it is a theme of honor, joy, a theme that reaches the hearts, because what the Lady Galadriel said was done: even the smallest can change the course of world.
The music that plays while the map is following the path of Minas Tirith to Hobbiton is a musical transition, which too, represents the end of an adventure that has ended well. When the map lands in the Shire, his theme sounds again, in a warm and friendly flute, welcoming home. Thus, when the hobbits are feasting at the inn, the music continues to play friendly. It's music that also inspires nostalgia, because they missed their home and it is glad to see it again. And it has not changed anything. Moreover, they had not even heard anything about wars.
When Sam looks Rosie Cotton, the waitress which was madly in love, begins to play the classic theme of the Shire, the cheerful, fast, and rhythmic one. Finally Sam and Rosie marry and the theme of the Shire continues.

“How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep...that have taken hold.”

            The music that plays while Frodo is inside his home writing is a sad music, because in reality, now Frodo has become like his uncle Bilbo. Now he wants more adventures.

“You finished it. Not quite. There's room for a little more.”

The Journey to the Grey Havens – Ft. Sir James Galway

            The music that begins playing here is a flute one. The flute represents the Shire, but it does not play its theme here, but a different one. This is a farewell of the Shire theme.

“There would be no more journeys for him… save one.”

            The flute soon gives pass to the traditional string instrumentation, which continues narrating the farewell of the Shire, and Frodo tells his uncle Bilbo that elves have given him a place on the last ship to leave Middle-earth. In this scene is noted that hobbits have had no idea about what happened in Mordor and all wars since Bilbo asks to Frodo if he can see again the Ring.
So they finally get to the Grey Havens. Sounds a sad and melancholic music. Gandalf leaves Middle Earth, and is a sad day for the hobbits, who loved him so much, and this is something that reflects the music very well.

“I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.”

            But it is when Gandalf calls Frodo when the scene gets more sad, because Frodo is also going to the Undying Lands. The emotional farewell of the hobbit who carried the One Ring is very sad, and the music is a reflection of that. A slow, sad music.
When Frodo says Sam that he is going to leave, the theme of the Shire sounds weakly, first stringed, later with the flute.

“You don't mean that! You can't leave!”

            Frodo gives Sam the Red Book, and says that there are still a few pages for him to write. Thus, he begins to say farewell, first to Merry and Pippin, and in the end, Sam, his faithful companion. The music playing at the farewell to Merry and Pippin is very slow and sad. When he embraces Sam you hear again the theme of the Shire, but also very sad. Finally, Frodo accompany Gandalf while is playing the theme of farewell of the Shire, with flute, though varied. When in the boat, he show a smile to their friends, and so, he leaves to the Undying Lands. When Frodo is seen on the boat sounds the Samwise theme, the theme that sounded when Sam grabbed Frodo at his back and carried him to Mount Doom. But this time, the theme is a soft one that seeks to represent the friendship of the hobbits and their final farewell.

Elanor – Ft. Sir James Galway

            In conclusion, appears Sam returning home. Which Frodo says in this scene, the music represents it very well. Sam must now raise a family. The music is nice and gives a warm feeling of home. The flute begins to play, representing a new era for both Sam and the Shire, a time of happiness.

“Well, I'm back.”


            Discuss the full soundtrack would be a very large work, that I probably will do someday. My love for this soundtrack is great. For me it's the best soundtrack ever written, because it is not only made ​​to accompany the images of the film but also perfectly describes the history and can be listened to without watching the movie and can make you feel the same.
This score represents cultural and historical aspects of Middle Earth through the use of leitmotifs, a very wise choice by the master Howard Shore. Thanks that the music is divided into thematic and as the chorus are sung in languages ​​of Middle Earth, make this soundtrack something unique and something very dear so much for me as for millions of people.
Thank you very much Howard Shore to compose this masterpiece. And thank you very much to you too, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, for creating this wonderful world.

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