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The Elves

Lothlórien

Appears in:

1|1|1 Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All
[00:05-00:28] The first theme heard in the film; connected to Galadriel, who narrates the opening sequence.
1|3|2 Caras Galadhon
[00:00-00:46]
[01:57-02:32]
[03:11-03:22]
1|3|3 The Mirror of Galadriel
[01:07-02:16]
1|3|4 The Fighting Uruk-Hai
[00:45-01:18]
2|2|12 The Story Foretold
[01:13-02:03]
2|3|4 The Host of the Eldar
[00:00-00:41]
2|3|5 The Battle of the Hornburg
[00:19-00:54] From Howard Shore's dvd commentary: "You hear very specifically in the arrival of the Elves, a thematic thread from Lothlórien. But it's done in a much more military, battle mode. I wanted to make a distinction between the worlds of Rivendell and Lothlórien. Lothlórien is darker and it's a bit more of a mystical Elvish culture... older. I used just for the exotic sound of it an Indian bowed lute called a sarangi and a ney flute which is an African flute. I also used the monochord, which is a 50 string drone instrument. It's quite large. It's about an 8 foot wooden instrument that has 50 strings that are tuned very sympathetically. And it's also used for healing and that really became the sound of Lothlórien... those three instruments in conjunction with the choir singing in Quenya and the orchestra. So, I think it was just the melody that was used for Lothlórien... you first hear on entering Lothlórien in Fellowship. And that very specific melody was used, almost in an opera way really, in Helm's Deep. It's not sung anymore. It was sung when you first entered Lothlórien but now it's played in unison for trumpets playing it. I mean it's in battle mode and it has a much different rhythmic base to it. I wanted the rhythm to feel somewhat exotic so it uses a bolero rhythm, actually. Which just seem exotic enough for a battle scene in Helm's Deep. And it just seemed to suit the Elves. I can't really tell you why. But as much as the sarangi was the right sound for Lothlórien, if I had to apply a rhythmic idea -- which I didn't really in Lothlórien, it doesn't really have too many rhythmic ideas in it -- but if I had to apply a rhythmic idea to the Elves, that bolero rhythm seemed like an appropriate one for it. It was a rhythm that I felt could best describe the Elves in motion."
2|3|6 The Breach of the Deeping Wall
[02:25-02:35]
2|3|8 Retreat
[04:32-04:35] "...then concluding with a turn from the Lothlórien theme."