The Heartbeat of the Shire

From: Odds & Ends - Not quite themes but interesting, nonetheless.


This is a distinctive, quick little beat played on the bodhrán under various Shire/Hobbit music. Those first few months I was listening to FOTR, this quiet little patter really stood out to me. It struck me immediately as the steady, reliable and comforting sound of a heartbeat. I like how the movie kind of starts with it (after the prologue) and ends with it. Below, I list not only a few places you can hear it, but give specific times stamps. I believe this is a element that can drop out with poor sound systems so some may need to listen carefully.





Places this theme is heard in FOTR:



Places this theme is heard in ROTK:

  • On Annie Lennox's song, "Into the West" (ROTK Track 19 - listen especially in the choruses)