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The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

Appears in:

1|1|1 Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All
[03:22-03:53] This is the "fleeting shape of the Fellowship Theme" mentioned in Doug Adams' Annotated Score, as Isildur cuts the Ring from Sauron's finger. Confirmed by Mr. Adams himself.
1|1|2 The Shire
[00:24-00:55] Heard underneath the film's title credit.
1|1|9 Three is Company
[01:39-01:58]
1|1|11 Saruman the White
[00:12-00:31] A dark version of the theme, since, according to the Annotated Score, Gandalf knows there's "serious business ahead" in Isengard.
1|1|14 The Nazgûl
[02:15-02:44]
[03:02-03:25]
[03:49-04:12]
1|2|8 The Great Eye
[03:52-04:19]
[05:02-05:31] From Howard Shore's dvd commentary: "Well, the Council of Elrond is the Fellowship being formed to support Frodo to take the Ring to the Crack of Doom. And it's a very magic moment in the film and Elrond says: "You will now be the Fellowship of the Ring." And the music just swells and you just hear that fully formed version of the Fellowship theme. You've heard all these little fragments of it up till that point and it's the first time you just hear it in its glory."
1|2|9 Gilraen's Memorial
[02:40-03:04]
[04:17-05:02] From Howard Shore's dvd commentary: "As the Fellowship leaves Rivendell and they cross the pass and you see each one of them in silhouette against the sky, the [Fellowship] theme is again played in a really heroic version as they set out on their great mission."
1|2|14 Balin's Tomb
[07:27-07:44]
1|3|1 Khazad-Dûm
[03:16-03:33] From Howard Shore's dvd commentary: "Khazad-dûm was basically built around the Fellowship theme. There’s the struggle of the battle going on and then the final leap across the stairs and then as Frodo’s thrown over by Strider and they’re all on the other side, you hear the Fellowship theme... the very last time you hear that very heroic version of the theme because it’s the most glorious moment, really, for the Fellowship."
1|3|4 The Fighting Uruk-Hai
[02:27-02:42]
[06:21-06:26]
[09:03-09:12]
[09:59-10:03]
1|3|6 The Departure of Boromir
[04:56-05:30]
1|3|7 The Road Goes Ever On... Pt. 1
[03:52-04:11]
1|3|9 The Road Goes Ever On... Pt. 2
[00:14-00:30]
[03:11-03:41]
2|1|6 The Three Hunters
[00:00-01:29]
2|1|7 The Banishment of Éomer
[02:55-02:58]
[03:23-03:43]
2|1|9 The Plains of Rohan
[02:19-02:29] "A dejected setting of the Fellowship theme".
2|2|1 Edoras
[00:00-00:08]
2|2|2 The Court of Meduseld
[02:33-02:35] From the AS-TTT: "Chorus continues with “The King,” and Gandalf attempts to rescind Saruman’s influence. Above this, a brass line enunciates the score’s down and-back-up shape twice, first as Isengard’s half-step, then as the Fellowship’s (and Gandalf the White’s) whole-step, in a battle for Théoden’s soul."
Magpie notes: I believe this references the section from 2:30-2:37. I also believe the Fellowship's whole step is heard at 2:33. I'm not entirely sure about this, though.
2|2|4 The King's Decision
[00:42-00:47] From the AS-TTT: "The Fellowship knows Théoden is walking into a trap. Gandalf confides in Aragorn, “I fear for the survival of Rohan,” as low and mid strings wreathe upwards, peaking in the down-and-back shape of the Fellowship theme."
2|2|8 The Wolves of Isengard
[03:33-03:37] From the AS-TTT: A riderless Warg positions his open maw over Gimli’s head, but with a brassy stab of the Fellowship theme, Aragorn is able to dispatch it at the last moment.
2|2|9 Refuge at Helm's Deep
[00:40-00:51] From the Annotated Score: "The Fellowship theme, which before ofered a major harmonization to a minor theme, can no longer maintain the paradox. Aragorn is gone."
[01:15-01:24]
2|3|1 Aragorn's Return
[01:19-01:28]
2|3|3 "Where is the Horse and the Rider?"
[05:55-06:03]
2|3|4 The Host of the Eldar
[00:53-01:02] from AS-TTT: Aragorn rushes to Haldir, greeting him with a clear trumpet calling out the Fellowship theme. Neither the Elf archers nor the soldiers of Rohan are true members of the Fellowship, but in their alliance, they follow its spirit implicitly. (This section is in the movie.)
[01:04-01:10] from AS-TTT: The Elves, in flawless precision, snap themselves to readiness while Shore marks the alliance with one more lively salutation from the Fellowship theme. UNUSED CONCEPT : The Fellowship theme that backs the Elf archers’ precision move to readiness was removed from the film when it was decided that the melody should be saved exclusively for the members of the Fellowship. The last two chords of the composition were also dissolved in order to extend the pre-battle silence by a few seconds.
2|3|6 The Breach of the Deeping Wall
[02:39-03:03]
2|3|8 Retreat
[02:02-02:18]
[04:23-04:26] "...which closes with the opening three pitches of the Fellowship theme."
2|3|12 Théoden Rides Forth
[00:47-01:13]
2|3|13 The Tales That Really Matter
[03:55-04:03]
[09:30-09:47]
3|1|3 The Road to Isengard
[00:35-00:43] From the Annotated Score: "Elsewhere another troupe is likewise traversing Middle-earth. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli, accompanied by a compliment of Rohan's finest riders, make their way through the woods as the score's first statement of the Fellowship theme sings out."
[01:12-02:14]
3|1|11 Flight from Edoras
[00:31-00:44] From the Annotated Score: "Once again, strings and clarinet apply the Fellowship theme to [Merry and Pippin]; they've taken their next step towards responsibility."
[01:28-01:46] From the Annotated Score: "As [Merry] speaks with Aragorn the Fellowship theme plays again. Merry worries about his friend's ability to take care of himself, but he seems to understand that what must be must be."
3|1|12 The Grace of Undómiel
[04:12-04:20] From the Annotated Score: "But the Fellowship is still to reach Minas Tirith, though Gandalf and Pippin are charging towards it. An excitedly muscular Fellowship theme presses the duo across Middle-earth until, via Shadowfax's swift footfall, they cross into Gondor."
3|1|14 A Coronal of Silver and Gold
[00:26-00:38]
3|2|12 The Siege of Gondor
[00:00-??:??]
3|3|15 The Mouth of Sauron
[04:02-??:??]
[04:02-04:22]
3|3|16 "For Frodo"
[00:02-00:55] A short string phrase brings in the full mixed choral version of the Fellowship theme, in all its glory.
3|4|4 The Fellowship Reunited
[01:21-01:45]
3|4|5 The Journey to the Grey Havens
[00:00-??:??]