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• Posted by: Serge Desir   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2003, at 6:52 a.m.
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Although I like the review offered here, I disagree with the suggestion that there are no major new themes or no new powerful statements of established themes.

The major new themes are the Gondor Theme and that for the Grey Havens. I mean, we here the Gondor Theme repeatedly, first in Minas Tirith, but most spectacularly in The White Tree. It appears throughout the score. As for the Grey Havens, not only does it appear in the Black Gate Opens and The Grey Havens, the melody playing behind Lennox is the same theme.

As for established themes, we get some powerful statements of both The One Ring and Sauron (Barad-Dur) themes, and the Ringwraith themes, not to mention a number of statements of the Rohan theme. The Fellowship Theme is somewhat missing here, but the Hobbit Hymn/Frodo Theme appears repeatedly and wonderfully.

From The Black Gate Opens on, we are treated to some powerful music of truly epic and angelic proportions to a degree that I believe tops that offered in either FotR or TTT. This is truly monumental stuff, especially the dying gasps of The Ring and the heart-wrenching renditions of the Hobbit Hymn and Grey Havens Themes.

Finally, did anyone notice Aragorn's Theme? It's heard in Minas Tirith and briefly in the White Tree. It's the same music featured when Aragorn fights Lurtz in FotR and when he makes it to Helm's Deep in TTT.

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