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The World of Men: Gondor

The Realm of Gondor (in Ascension)

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3|1|12 The Grace of Undómiel
[04:20-05:40] From the Annotated Score: "[Gandalf and Pippin cross] Middle-earth until, via Shadowfax's swift footfall, they cross into Gondor. Horns and strings immediately announce their arrival with a proud summoning of the Realm of Gondor theme. And yet their first view of Minas Tirith is met by an odd inversion of the Gondor theme. All is not well in the White Tower and Gandalf knows it. Over the rails of rhythmic string patterns, brass charges forth with a canonic examination of the Gondor theme, and Gandalf and Pippin ascend the great burgh. As Shadowfax's hooves meet the city's stones the Realm of Gondor theme again crystallizes, clarified into a march-like rigor. But the theme ends differently than it has in the past, rising, after its opening, with down-and-back-up three-note figures. The Fellowship has finally brought Gondor's aid: a worthy interim leader. Gandalf the White's arrival temporarily shifts Gondor in Decline to Gondor in Ascension. The same down-and-back shape that opens the Fellowship theme, and forms the basis of the Heroics of Aragorn and Gandalf the White (in the Fellowship) now closes Gondor's theme. Gondor has suddenly – if momentarily – remembered its place as the seat of justice and decency in Middle-earth."
3|2|3 Allegiance to Denethor
[02:21-02:45] AS-ROTK: Faramir finally asks the question that gnaws at his mind, “You wish now that our places had been exchanged, that I had died and Boromir lived.” Denethor answers, “Yes. I wish that.” Pan flute, performed by Ulrich Herkenhoff, initiates a sad melody that seems to seek the Gondor theme’s Ascension ending, but can never grasp it. But, at the same time, the Faramir and Denethor theme carries the upsetting reverberations of Mordor’s bid at a Fourth Age theme, The Witch King/The Orcs of Mordor. Will Denethor’s failures as a father and a leader cause Gondor’s downfall while seeking its victory? Is he paving the way for Mordor’s victory?