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The Mordor Skip Beat accompaniment

Appears in:

1|1|1 Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All
[01:24-01:55] Starts off with a slow statement of the theme, then begins building to a crescendo.
1|1|7 Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe
[06:17-06:23] Start time noted in Doug Adams' liner notes.
1|1|11 Saruman the White
1|1|12 A Shortcut to Mushrooms
1|2|3 Give Up the Halfling
[01:47-02:18] This fast version of the Skip Beat has an up and down movement to the notes.
[02:18-02:48] From The Complete Recordings liner notes: "The Skip Beat also has a variation used in the film's most intense and nerve-wracking moments. This heartbeat-like figure captures the shape of the Skip Beat, but limits it to two pulsing pitches." These notes come as slower punches.
[02:48-03:19] A faster version of the skip beat is again heard here beneath the Ringwraith music, this time louder and gradually raising in pitch.
1|3|5 Parth Galen
2|1|6 The Three Hunters
2|1|10 Fangorn
2|2|8 The Wolves of Isengard
2|2|13 Sons of the Steward
[04:13-04:50] From the Annotated Score: "A purely rhythmic variation on the Mordor Skip Beat percolates through the string writing, each statement bracketed into three identical pitches that neither rise nor shift. The utterances become more pronounced until the line breaks to the forefront of the score in a near quote of a passage from the Fellowship of the Ring's Prologue."
3|1|13 The Eyes of the White Tower
3|2|5 The Parting of Sam and Frodo
[00:44-01:15] AS-ROTK: Sam accuses Gollum of having taken the bread, and the orchestra begins the same static build of Mordor’s Skip Beat that quaked behind Fellowship’s Prologue. Though the Battle of Dagorlad may have involved thousands, make no mistake: the drama of three diminutive creatures wandering the western mountains of Mordor is every bit the War of the Ring. The stakes are no less.