Lothlórien Theme

A Theme for Elves


LOTHLÓRIEN, an Elven theme, represents the culture and people of Lothlórien and Galadriel, herself.

When the melody is sung, those first two lines are from Footsteps of Doom. When the melody progresses past those first two lines and is sung, the source text is Lament for Gandalf (Chorus Text).

HS COMMENT (FOTR Audio Commentary)
HS COMMENT (Interview 11-20-01)

HS COMMENT (TTT Audio Commentary)

In the book, "The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films", Doug Adams says, "The music of LOTHLÓRIEN suggests the maqām hijāz, an Arabic mode..." (page 54). Eli Bildirici posted some additional musings about this at his blog, quarrels of the mind:

LOTR, to the tune of Arabia
Another small thought on Lorien/hijaz


Places this theme is heard in FOTR:

  • In the prologue, just before Galadriel speaks in a voice over. Singing voices are heard here.

  • As the Fellowship enter the woods of Lórien. Singing voices are heard here.

  • After Gimli insults Haldir, while Haldir forbids entry into Lórien. Played by a lone instrument, accompanied by a two pulsing beats. (FOTR EE)

  • A very short, instrumental as the Fellowship catches their first glimpse of Caras Galadhon. (FOTR EE)

  • When Frodo follows Galadriel to her Glade and watches her fill the Mirror.

  • A variant of the Lórien theme is heard as Celeborn gives Elven Cloaks to the Fellowship. (FOTR EE)

Places this theme is heard in TTT:

Places this theme is heard in ROTK:

  • A deep, slightly menacing version is heard as Frodo recalls Galadriel's words when she gave him the Light of Eärendil. He holds up the phial and speaks in Elvish, "Aiya Eärendil Elenion Ancalima!" (Hail Eärendil brightest of the Stars!)

  • When, as if in a vision, Frodo finds himself in Lothlórien after falling in the lair of Shelob and Galadriel reaches out a hand to help him up.