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The Return of the King, disc 1, track 3:

The Road to Isengard

[00:05-00:36] The Ring Quest: The Journey There
From the Annotated Score: "Sam tells Frodo he's rationed their food to properly provide for the journey home. Frodo pauses, pondering the likelihood of a return trip. But the strains of the fully-formed Journey There remind us that the hobbits have not yet even reached their destination. With this slow-rising theme, the trio sets back to the road."
[00:35-00:43] The Fellowship of the Ring
From the Annotated Score: "Elsewhere another troupe is likewise traversing Middle-earth. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli, accompanied by a compliment of Rohan's finest riders, make their way through the woods as the score's first statement of the Fellowship theme sings out."
[01:04-01:12] The Realm of Gondor (in Decline)
From the Annotated Score: "As the camera tilts back and The Return of the King title card appears, the theme shifts and French horn intones the opening of the Realm of Gondor, the de facto central theme of the third film."
[01:12-02:14] The Fellowship of the Ring

[01:12-02:14] The Shire (Heroic Setting)
From the Annotated Score: "Clarinet jumps to its high tessitura where it is met by pizzicato strings and the tin whistle. It can be none other than Merry and Pippin, discovered assembling a feast from the wreckage of Isengard. Yet for the all the music's playfulness, it seems to be suggesting something more profound. Merry and Pippin's whimsical tones are infused with something sterner. In mixing thematic bits from the Shire and Fellowship themes, Shore suggests that these two hobbits are about to lend themselves to Middle-earth's needs in a significantly more meaningful way." magpie: I'm not sure if this is the Heroic Setting. The CR-ROTK lists 'first heard' at Disc 3, Track 12 and this piece is not particularly 'heroic' nor similar to the piece in Disc 3, Track 12.

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