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The Shire and the Hobbits

The Hobbits' Antics accompaniment

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2|1|16 Ent-draught
[00:14-00:18] In the liner notes, Adams lists the first iteration of Hobbits' Antics as falling in this track at 0:16. In the Annotated Score, he writes "The one-two bump of the hobbits’ End Cap figure precedes a stiff bit of Ent music as Merry absorbs the forest’s deep sounds, but soon the two friends are caught up squabbling over a musty jug of Ent-draught. Solo clarinet adopts the fully formed Playful Setting, running the three rising pitches of the Shire music over a number of gracefully springy harmonies. The same elegantly comical developments then expand the End Cap figure, embellishing it into the new Hobbits’ Antics accompaniment." So, either he was mistaken about the first iteration in the liner notes (and should have written 1:06) or he was mistaken in calling it the End Cap in the AS. Or he feels comfortable using the terms End Cap and Hobbits' Antics interchangeably here.
[01:06-01:16] See my note above for 00:14 re: Hobbits' Antics/End Cap.
2|3|13 The Tales That Really Matter
3|1|1 Roots and Beginnings
3|2|6 Marshalling at Dunharrow
[02:41-03:01] AS-ROTK: Within the nighttime encampment, Merry readies himself for battle—or at least does so to the limited extent of hobbit abilities. For all their resolve, the Shirefolk are not built for war. Woodwinds and pizzicato strings tickle the edges of the Hobbits’ Antics (and, by proxy, the End Cap) as Merry, bedecked in his new ill-fitting armor, practices his blade work before Éowyn.