The Fight

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Foundations of Stone

The Battle of the Maiar (opening scene)

(TTT - Track 1)


The Battle of the Maiar (opening scene)

(CR-TTT Disc One - Track 1)


Gandalf the White

The White Wizard revealed - Gandalf the White theme

(CR-TTT Disc One - Track 13)


Gandalf the White

Zirak Zigal: Smiting the Balrog

(CR-TTT Disc One - Track 13)

The White Rider

Théoden's Exorcism

(TTT - Track 9)

The Court Of Meduseld

Théoden's Exorcism

(CR-TTT Disc Two - Track 2)

White Wizard - Zirak Zigal

Fall of the Balrog & Rise of Gandalf the White

(TTT Fan Credits)


Music by Howard Shore

Words by Philippa Boyens

translated into Quenya by David Salo

Both the English poem and it's Quenya translation were published on the website accessible with TTT Limited Edition Soundtrack CD and are found in The Annotated Score of the Two Towers.


It is used primarily during Gandalf's fight with the Balrog, but the word "Mettana" (to the end...) is heard when he reappears as Gandalf the White, probably to tie the resurrected Gandalf into his transforming experience. And snippets of the source text was incorporated into unused music for the White Wizard's reveal and his recount of the battle of the two Mighty Maiar. The word "Mettana" is also heard as he begins the battle with Saruman for Théoden's mind.


According to the sheetmusic for the TTT-OST track, Forth Eorlingas, the phrase, "tulta cuiva tuolya Olórin an mauya", is sung by the second choir under the The Call in the Gandalf the White Theme. The second choir also draws lyrics directly from The Call as well. Since I can't determine when they are singing The Call and when they're singing The Fight, I don't list any instances of the Gandalf the White Theme above. Even if lyrics from The Fight are used in that music, it's not the primary focus.


Original English


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Cuiva Olórin Awake Olórin
Nárendur Servant of fire
Tira nottolya Face your foe
Tulta tuolya Summon forth your strength
An mauya mahtie For you must fight
Ter oiomornie Through endless dark
Ter ondicilyar. Through chasms of stone.


To the end.
Nurunna! To the death!