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The Shire and the Hobbits

The Shire (Hymn Setting)

Appears in:

1|1|4 Very Old Friends
1|1|6 Farewell Dear Bilbo
[00:39-00:55] The Shire Hymn chords continue under A Hobbit's Understanding
1|1|9 Three is Company
1|2|5 Rivendell
1|2|9 Gilraen's Memorial
[03:51-04:17] magpie comments: This is the heroic version of the Shire heard as the Fellowship sets out (immediately followed by the heroic Fellowship). DA says this about the Hymn Setting: " In the Pensive and Rural Settings harmonic regions exist for extended periods of time, almost an old world modal style. But the Hymn Setting regularly shifts them on every other beat for a rolling chorale effect evocative of tradition Western religious music." (from the CR-FOTR liner notes) This iteration (which was labeled 'Hymn' by someone else) does not have 'rolling chords' and (fwiw) I do not view it as a Hymn Setting. It certainly doesn't *sound* hymn like.
1|3|7 The Road Goes Ever On... Pt. 1
[00:07-00:52] 0:07-0:22 = chords only 0:22-0:52 = chords under A Hobbit's Understanding
1|3|9 The Road Goes Ever On... Pt. 2
[00:00-00:14] so thinks magpie
2|3|13 The Tales That Really Matter
[00:43-01:28] 0:43-0:58 = Hymn Chords only; 0:58-1:28 Hymn Chords under A Hobbit's Understanding
3|1|14 A Coronal of Silver and Gold
[00:14-00:26] The Annotated Score states this as the Pensive Setting, but the melody and chord progression are clearly those of the Hymn Setting.
3|2|5 The Parting of Sam and Frodo
[02:42-02:57] AS-ROTK: Wrongfully suspicious, his mind corroded by the Ring’s influence, Frodo tells Sam to leave him and go home. The stepwise motion of the Shire theme modulates through a series of dark chords, unwilling to find its way back home.