Dangerous Passes

A Theme for Middle-earth: Ring Quest


DANGEROUS PASSES, a theme for Middle-earth in the subcategory of the Ring Quest Theme, deals with the "One Ring's passage through the world" (Doug Adams, CR-FOTR liner notes, page 34)

Places this theme is heard in FOTR:

  • As we see a long shot of the Fellowship on the slope of Caradhras, then Frodo stumbling and losing the Ring.

  • As Saruman says, “If the mountain defeats you, will you risk a more dangerous road.” And then Legolas, “There is a fell voice on the air.

  • A very short statement as the Fellowship approaches the Walls of Moria. In the TE, the camera cuts to a long shot of the Fellowship walking towards the Walls and Gimli says, "The Walls of Moria". In the EE, we see the same quick shot, but Gandalf calls Frodo to him and advises him to be wary. In both editions, the quick shot uses this theme, but the versions of the theme are different.

Cues from the ROTK-OST soundtrack CD:

  • Track 6 - Minas Morgul 1:29 - 1:50 - Was intended for a scene where Frodo, Sam and Gollum start climbing the stairs of Cirith Ungol.  See note in cue by cue for that track.

  • Track 9 - Cirith Ungol 1:20 - 1:28 - not in movie.  Was scored for an extension of the scene where Frodo leaves Sam behind as they resume climbing the stairs of Cirith Ungol.
    See note in cue by cue for that track.