The Way is Shut

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Dwimorberg The Haunted Mountain
Traveling the Dimholt Road

(CR-ROTK Disc 2- Track 9)



Music by Howard Shore

Translated into Sindarin by David Salo

Text by J.R.R. Tolkien
ROTK, Book 5, Chapter 3, The Muster of Rohan)

The title, English Original and Sindarin translation can be found in the AS-ROTK


Sung by the men of The London Voices


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Hollen i ven The way is shut.
In gyrth han agorer It was made by those who are dead
A han beriar in gyrth And the Dead keep it.
Hollen i ven The way is shut.

ROTK, Book 5, Chapter 3, The Muster of Rohan
Everyone is perplexed at Aragorn's decision to ride to the Paths of the Dead. Theoden relates a story of the Door to the Paths.

It is said that when the Eorlingas came out of the North and passed at length up the Snowbourn, seeking strong places of refuge in time of need, Brego and his son Baldor climbed the Stair of the Hold and so came before the Door. On the threshold sat an old man, aged beyond guess of years; tall and kingly he had been, but now he was withered as an old stone. Indeed for stone they took him, for he moved not, and he said no word, until they sought to pass him by and enter. And then a voice came out of him, as it were out of the ground, and to their amaze it spoke in the western tongue: The way is shut.

'Then they halted and looked at him and saw that he lived still; but he did not look at them. The way is shut, his voice said again It was made by those who are Dead, and the Dead keep it, until the time comes. The way is shut.

'And when will that time be? said Baldor. But no answer did he ever get. For the old man died in that hour and fell upon his face; and no other tidings of the ancient dwellers in the mountains have our folk ever learned. Yet maybe at last the time foretold has come, and Aragorn may pass.'

In the movie, Legolas reads these words that are written over the Door and then, later, the King of the Dead recites them again.