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Stories in the soundtrack


Feb 28 2013, 8:14pm

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Hey all.

Even though i've been a massive fan of Howard Shore's music, i've only just found out that the music is telling us little stories in certain scenes aswell.

Some examples of what i'm talking about:

--Opening scene in TTT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diPQPM0U2dA
When Gandalf falls and starts fighting the Balrog, the choir is basically chanting about how Gandalf has to fight the Balrog untill the very end, or bad things will happen. Most of the choir is a bit hard to understand, but the part at 3:02 should be something like this:

Mettanna - To the end
Nárendur - Servant of Fire
An Mauya Mahtie - For you must fight
Mettanna - To the end

--Aragorn's charge at the Black Gate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvwcjDrm0OY
When Aragorn says "For Frodo" and starts charging, the choir is singing the lines Aragorn said to Frodo during his "You have my sword" moment at the Council of Elrond. This coupled with the fact that it's a choir version of the Fellowship theme (and if i remember right, the first time we hear this theme again since the breaking of the fellowship) makes this scene even more powerful in my opinion.

Ae na guil nín egor na ngurth nín - If by my life or death
Gerin le beriad - I can protect you,
Le beriathon - I will
Le annon vegil nín - I give you my sword
Cyll e-Gorv - Ringbearer,
Le annon beth nín - I give you my word
Ú-erir aen han risto - It cannot be broken
Ú-erir aen han presto - Nor turned aside,
Rúvo i rym - Let the horns sound,
I aur hen ú bant! - This day is not done!
Isto Mordor han - Let Mordor know this:
Elessar! Elessar! - Elessar! Elessar!
Tellin i Chîr Gondor! - The Lords of Gondor have come!

--Boromir's death scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqjfq5gsfYk
During Boromir's fight with Lurtz and his death, according to Philippa Boyens and Fran Marsh, the vocals translate into a quote from Faramir: "I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend" wich might fit with the fact that Boromir was defending Merry and Pippin.

Details like these made me appreciate Howard Shore's soundtrack even more, because it's not only just some pretty music, it actually has some meaning behind it aswell.

Obviously i did not find out these lyrics/translations myself, as i used the internet to find them, so if any of the lyrics/translations are wrong, feel free to correct. I'm also aware that most of the song lyrics are written by Fran Walsh.

Are there any other scenes in the movies that you know of that are telling us a story relevant to the scene aswell? I find things like this really interesting.

Thanks for reading.

Subject User Time
Stories in the soundtrack Skaan Send a private message to Skaan Feb 28 2013, 8:14pm
    For me the music is something more special Tigero Send a private message to Tigero Feb 28 2013, 9:15pm
    Yes, I too love what the choral text is saying elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Feb 28 2013, 9:22pm
    you can find all the lyrics as sung on my website Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Mar 1 2013, 12:13am
        Great Site Magpie Barrow-Wight Send a private message to Barrow-Wight Mar 1 2013, 2:56am
            if you see Magpie in connection with the LOTR soundtrack... Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Mar 1 2013, 3:58pm
        Wow, this looks great! elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Mar 1 2013, 10:07am
    Yup, completely agree // Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Mar 1 2013, 8:54pm


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