Footsteps of Doom

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Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All


(CR-FOTR - Disc One - Track 1)


Entering Lórien

(FOTR - Track 14)

Caras Galadhon

Entering Lórien

(CR-FOTR - Disc Three - Track 2)


The Mirror of Galadriel

Galadriel's Mirror

(CR-FOTR - Disc Three - Track 3)

Leave Taking

Galadriel talks with Elrond

(FOTR - Track 11)

The Story Foretold

Galadriel talks with Elrond

(CR-TTT Disc Two - Track 12)


The Host of the Eldar

The Elves arrive at Helm's Deep

(CR-TTT Disc Three - Track 4)




Music by Howard Shore

Adapted by Philippa Boyens

Translations by David Salo

Inspired by Text by J.R.R. Tolkien

FOTR, Book 2, Chapter VII,
The Mirror of Galadriel

These lyrics are sung as the first two lines of the Lothlórien Theme.  In Doug Adams' FOTR booklet, he lists only these two lines as the "Lothlórien" Theme, but I think many of us are familiar with the melody progressing along a few more lines. In the cases when it does... and it's sung... those lines are from another source poem, which the FOTR Annotated Score calls, Lament for Gandalf (Chorus Text).


Sung by Miriam Stockley and The London Voices, female choir.


Original English


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Man sí minna? Who enters here?
Man ammen toltha i dann hen Amarth? Who brings to us this token of Doom?
I anann darthant dam morn That which has stood so long against the darkness
Si dannatha. will now fall.

FOTR, Book 2, Chapter VII, The Mirror of Galadriel

Galadriel tells Frodo:

"Do you not see now wherefore your coming is to us as the footstep of Doom? For if you fail, then we are laid bare to the Enemy. Yet if you succeed, then our power is diminished, and Lothlórien will fade, and the tides of Time will sweep it away. We must depart into the West, or dwindle to a rustic folk of dell and cave, slowly to forget and to be forgotten.'

Frodo bent his head. `And what do you wish? ' he said at last.

'That what should be shall be,' she answered.  'The love of the Elves for their land and their works is deeper than the deeps of the Sea, and their regret is undying and cannot ever wholly be assuaged.  Yet they will cast all away rather than submit to Sauron: for they know him now.  For the fate of Lothlórien you are not answerable, but only for the doing of your own task.  Yet I could wish, were it of any avail, that the One Ring had never been wrought, or had remained for ever lost.'"