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Mordor

The Ringwraiths

Appears in:

1|1|1 Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All
[01:59-02:12]
[02:18-03:11]
1|1|7 Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe
[06:22-06:31]
1|1|12 A Shortcut to Mushrooms
[01:07-01:25] Just rolling drumbeats performing the first notes of the theme.
[01:46-01:56] The chorus chants two words from Revelation of the Ringwraiths, as a prelude to the full theme, which only appears a minute or so later.
[01:56-02:17] Orchestra only.
[02:52-03:35] First the orchestra plays the theme, and finally the chorus comes in for the whole theme from 3:13.
1|1|14 The Nazgl
[00:54-01:32]
1|2|1 Weathertop
[00:31-01:10]
1|2|3 Give Up the Halfling
[02:48-03:27]
1|2|8 The Great Eye
[01:37-02:03] One of the rare, non-vocal renditions of this theme.
[03:04-03:19]
1|3|5 Parth Galen
[03:25-03:46] AS-TTT: Originally the second appearance of the Fall of Men motive continued to develop, leading to a short but brutal quote of the Ringwraith music, played when Frodo dons the Ring and experiences a nightmarish vision of Barad-dr. In the film the music is dissolved shortly after the four pitches of the Fall of Men.
2|1|12 "Wraiths on Wings"
[01:11-01:25]
[01:36-01:47]
2|2|5 Exodus From Edoras
[01:27-01:33] From the Annotated Score: "The orchestra’s substratum lurches to reluctant life, contrabassoon, tuba, celli and basses again shuffling out Grma’s lifeless motif. He informs Saruman that Thoden is now in league with the Fellowship, and describes a man wearing a ring with two entwined serpents. The score pauses, dropping pairs of low C-naturals about the silence - figures that, in shape, recall the Ringwraiths' theme, and remind Saruman of the power his victory would bring."
Magpie: I disagree with this entry. I believe the 'pairs of low C-naturals' are heard from 2:10-2:24. The action on screen does not quite coincide with Doug Adams description. Grima tells Saruman of the visitors at Edoras. Saruman asks more about the Man. "Was he from Gondor?" At that moment, we hear two notes and then two more as Grima says, "No... from the North." A short phrase and then two more pairs of notes as he begins to tell of his ring.
In the AS-TTT, DA puts the notes after the description of the Ring saying, 'the score pauses'. The score does, in fact, pause after the description of the Ring but so does the music on the CR-TTT. The music heard as the Ring is being described goes right into the Rohan scene. (described in the AS-TTT as coming after the entry quoted above). Therefore, I think Doug has placed this music in the wrong spot (slightly) in the movie.