Isengard's Uruk-hai move out to track the Fellowship.
The Five Beat Pattern and Isengard/Orc theme
sound their coarse rallying call, picking up tempo
as the frenzied Uruks storm out. Meanwhile the
remaining members of the Fellowship bid farewell
to the Elves of Lothlórien, but not before Galadriel
bestows upon each of them a personalized gift. Teasing
whistle and mandolin play behind Merry and Pippin's accidental gluttony (they've unwittingly gorged themselves on lembas
bread), but the music soon takes a more dire and emotional tone. As the eight heros depart, Shore develops a somber variation out
of the Fellowship theme in the cor anglais and violins, incorporating a few concluding strands of the Lothlórien melody. A female
chorus sings "Namárië," Quenya for "Farewell," as Galadriel looks upon the eight one last time. Steeled to their task, whatever it
may entail, the Fellowship earns one last collection of heroic variations on their melody.
Abruptly, the thrashing Five Beat Pattern returns: the Orcs have picked up the Fellowship's trail. Horns, trombones and tuba
etch the Isengard theme deeper and deeper into the score, which once again pushes the tempo forward to reflect the Orcs' rabid
While the Fellowship stops along the coast for the night's rest, Aragorn
reveals that Gollum has been discretely following their trail for
some time. Tellingly, Shore hides grizzled tufts of Gollum's Pity theme
in a bassoon line that swims through string chords. The Shire's Pensive
setting is read by solo clarinet as Sam and Frodo share a moment,
but it's interrupted by a series of surprisingly insecure developments
on the Fellowship theme. Has the troupe lost its resolve? Where is the
brassy heroism displayed in Moria? "They've lost one member and are
feeling very apprehensive about the road ahead," explains Shore.
At daybreak the Fellowship sets back to the river. After mounting a choral setting of "Elessar's Oath," the score introduces a
robust Horn and string setting of the History of the Ring theme, and the Fellowship passes between the gargantuan twin statues
of the Argonath. Once again the Ring has seen a significant development in its existence: it's making its way back towards Mordor
and its eventual fate, whatever that may be.
Music was written and recorded for the Theatrical
edit of the gift giving scene. Although this
shorter Theatrical version was released on the
2001 original soundtrack CD, the longer DVD
version was actually composed earlier. When the
DVD edit of Fellowship was assembled, Shore
went back and recorded the composition he had
originally written, and included it in the film.