The Journey There

A Theme for Middle-earth: The Ring Quest


THE JOURNEY THERE, , a theme for Middle-earth in the subcategory of the Ring Quest, is a slow, processional melody that conveys the onerous task of walking this Ring to Mordor.


Places this theme is heard in FOTR:

  • Just as the camera cuts to a long shot of Frodo and Sam walking in fields and over streams as begin their journey. (Right after Gandalf leaves them.) , and then, as they move into a field with a scarecrow. This theme ends after Sam says, “It’ll be the farthest away from home that I’ve ever been.”

  • As Galadriel shows Nenya to Frodo in her glade and encourages him in his quest. He knows what he must do (carry the ring to Mordor by himself), but is afraid. “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

Places this theme is heard in ROTK:

  • A slow, dreary version is heard when Frodo, Sam and Gollum set out from the cave in which they have been resting toward the beginning of the movie.

  • A extra weary version, so weary it can't quite complete its phrasing, is heard after Frodo and Sam, now clothed in Orc armor, are contemplating having to go down amongst the troops of Mordor's army. They don't think there's any hope but they have to do it anyhow.

  • This same extra weary version is heard after Frodo and Sam escape from the Orc regiment they were briefly conscripted to and, still in their Orc armor, stumble across Gorgoroth.