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The Two Towers, disc 1, track 3:

Lost in Emyn Muil

[00:00-00:27] The Shire (Pensive Setting)

[00:35-00:47] The Pity of Gollum (Sméagol's Theme)
From Howard Shore's dvd commentary: "Gollum's Theme is created as two pieces that reflected two different creations of Gollum. You hear little fragments of Gollum's Theme in Fellowship. He's very closely tied to the Ring. So Gollum's Theme, that central theme that you hear in Fellowship, is tied to the Ring Theme. So I thought of using a sound from Hobbiton, that had been taken out of Hobbiton, in the same way that Gollum had been removed from Hobbiton, or from the world of the Shire. And had become something else, transformed into something else. So I took one of the instruments and used it as a solo instrument for Gollum. And I thought the hammered dulcimer was a perfect one of the instruments. Other instruments that we used from the Shire were... there's a musette and the whistle and there's an open-string guitar, Celtic harp and the bodhrán, the Irish drums. But the hammered dulcimer seemed like a good one, because it has that jittery, by the very nature of it, because it has that sound and it always has that tremolo kind of feeling to it and I thought that was a perfect one to take, to remove from the Shire, distort it a bit, and use it as the central sound for that character, for Gollum."
[02:12-02:45] Gollum's Menace (Gollum's Theme)
From the Annotated Score: "No longer a passive character, [Gollum] is represented by the new Gollum's Menace (Gollum's Theme) and the jittery tones of the cimbalom."
[03:50-04:13] Gollum's Menace (Gollum's Theme)

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