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Mordor

The Threat of Mordor accompaniment

Appears in:

1|1|1 Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All
[03:01-03:10]
1|1|8 A Conspiracy Unmasked
[05:52-06:00]
1|1|11 Saruman the White
[00:31-00:39] The Threat of Mordor motive finishes the Fellowship theme forebodingly as Gandalf goes to meet Saruman.
[01:00-01:15] A partial statement of the opening notes, repeated.
[01:39-01:48]
1|1|12 A Shortcut to Mushrooms
[01:25-01:38]
[02:47-02:52] Only the first notes are played; the theme is not completed.
[03:42-04:05]
1|1|14 The Nazgűl
[01:07-01:17]
1|2|1 Weathertop
[01:22-01:33]
1|2|8 The Great Eye
[01:29-01:36]
2|1|12 "Wraiths on Wings"
[01:03-01:22]
[01:36-01:46]
3|1|4 The Foot of Orthanc
[00:41-00:58] From the Annotated Score: "A static variation on the Threat of Mordor announces this cache of evil power from deep in the orchestra's throat"
[01:06-01:10]
[01:26-01:43] From the Annotated Score: "Saruman reveals his palantír to the crowd, maniacally grinning as aleatoric horns thicken the texture."
Magpie notes: "The Threat of Mordor lies on top of the aleatoric horns. Or under..."
[04:06-04:10] From the Annotated Score: "As [Grima] approaches Saruman, the orchestra convulses with a short statement of the Threat of Mordor in the lowest possible range—as if Mordor, foreseeing Gríma's next step, were suddenly recalling all power issued to Saruman on loan."
3|1|13 The Eyes of the White Tower
[03:40-04:32] The Annotated Score refers to this point in the score as "a martial line somewhere between an inverted Threat of Mordor and the Mordor Skip Beat."