Hope Fails

Track 14 - ROTK


(2:16) Aragorn tries to enlist the aid of the Dead under the Mountain. The Mouth of Sauron brings bad news of Frodo to those at the Black Gate.




Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli have just entered the Paths of the Dead and are running through the tunnels. The first three notes of the Gondor Theme play slowly and creepily as the three enter in and look around the empty hall. (The music from this track starts immediately in the TE but there is an extended section as they enter on the EE that is not on the CD.)  (The music used once the Witch King says, "Who enters my domain?" is not on the CD)

(Jump ahead to the Extended Edition scene at the Black Gates. The Mouth of Sauron has just come through the gates and asks, "Is there any in the rout with authority to treat with me?" Gandalf says they will not treat with Sauron and bids him to tell his master...) (Thanks to Kurt Milano for helping me identify this section.)



... that "The armies of Mordor must disband." and Sauron must depart the land. The strings play a tense, slow phrase and The Mouth of Sauron says he has a token to show them and whips out...



Frodo's mithril coat. A melancholy melody plays as we see the reactions of the Fellowship.



The Mouth of Sauron throws the coat to Gandalf and Pippin cries out Frodo's name. The Mouth observes his reaction and Gandalf bids him quiet. Merry cries out and Gandalf orders "Silence", again. The Mouth of Sauron (do we call him 'Mouth' for short?) is pleased. "Know that he suffered greatly at the hands of his host."



Gimli simmers and Legolas is stricken.



"Who could have thought that one so small could endure so much pain. And he did, Gandalf. He did."



(The sad melody continues a little on the CD but not in the movie as the Mouth of Sauron goads Aragorn a little to far and negotiations are... cut off. If one coordinates the CD music with the movie, the music heard from 1:29 - 1:43 coordinates well with the rest of the scene although it is anticlimactic. )

(This scene continues from the earlier on in the Paths of the Dead. The King of the Dead has challenged Aragorn's right to summon the dead. He swings his sword at Aragorn who parries with Andϊril. There is moment of stasis, then Aragorn gains the upper hand and uses it to grab the Dead King by the throat.)



The horns blare with Aragorn's show of authority and the Dead King falls back. (Part of the scene here is not on the CD.)



(Aragorn has just offered the dead a way to regain their honor.) "What say you?" He moves among them. (This is longer in the movie than on the CD.)



Gimli tells Aragorn he's wasting his time. They had no honor in life, they have non in death.



"I am Isildur's heir. Fight for me and I will hold your oaths fulfilled. What say you?"






1-A Storm is Coming ~ 2-Hope and Memory ~ 3-Minas Tirith ~ 4-The White Tree

5-The Steward of Gondor ~ 6-Minas Morgul ~ 7-The Ride of the Rohirrim ~ 8-Twilight and Shadow

9-Cirith Ungol ~ 10-Anduril ~ 11-Shelob's Lair ~ 12-Ash and Smoke ~ 13-Fields of the Pelennor

14-Hope Fails ~ 15-The Black Gate Opens ~ 16-End of All Things

17-Return of the King ~ 18-The Grey Havens ~ 19-Into the West

ROTK Closing Credits Music