Cue by Cue Analysis

Original Soundtracks (OST)

 

The OST soundtrack for FOTR moves consistently through the movie in a linear fashion. But the music on the TTT OST jumps all over in relation to the movie and the ROTK does to some extent as well.  I've broken the tracks of TTT and ROTK down into scenes and then rearranged the sections to reconstruct the movie and the stories of the Fellowship within the movie. Go HERE to read more.
 

 

FOTR        

TTT        

ROTK       

1

The Prophecy

2

Concerning Hobbits

3

Shadow of the Past

4

Treason of Isengard

5

The Black Rider

6

At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

7

A Knife in the Dark

8

Flight to the Ford

9

Many Meetings

10

Council of Elrond

11

The Ring Goes South

12

A Journey in the Dark

13

Bridge of Khazad-dûm

14

Lothlórien

15

Great River

16

Amon Hen

17

The Breaking of the Fellowship

18

May It Be

 

FOTR Closing Credits Music

20

Farewell to Lórien - from TTT LE Soundtrack

1

Foundations of Stone

2

The Taming of Sméagol

3

The Riders of Rohan

4

The Passage of the Marshes

5

The Uruk-hai

6

The King of the Golden Hall

7

The Black Gate is Closed

8

Evenstar

9

The White Rider

10

Treebeard

11

The Leave Taking

12

Helm's Deep

13

The Forbidden Pool

14

Breath of Life

15

The Hornburg

16

Forth Eorlingas

17

Isengard Unleashed

18

Samwise the Brave

19

Gollum's Song

 

TTT Closing Credits Music

1

A Storm is Coming

2

Hope and Memory

3

Minas Tirith

4

The White Tree

5

The Steward of Gondor

6

Minas Morgul

7

The Ride of the Rohirrim

8

Twilight and Shadow

9

Cirith Ungol

10

Andúril

11

Shelob's Lair

12

Ash and Smoke

13

The Fields of the Pelennor

14

Hope Fails

15

The Black Gate Opens

16

The End of All Things

17

The Return of the King

18

The Grey Havens

19

Into the West

 

ROTK Closing Credits Music

 

The cue by cue pages contain information about the regular (OST) or limited edition (LE) soundtrack CDs.

Each page has the following sections (as applicable):

 

TRACK LENGTH & GENERAL SCENE DESCRIPTION

CUE BY CUE: this is a moment by moment description of the music and how it fits with scenes from the movie. It looks like this:

0:00

Chorus sings the Rivendell Theme over a distant view of Rivendell with an Elven Rider in the foreground. Cut to Frodo’s reunion with Sam then Merry and Pippin.

0:00

A Elbereth Gilthoniel

Silivren penna míriel

Time stamps in the left column correspond with the track's progress. Included in this section are

  • THEMES heard during the track - these names are links that will take you to that theme's page. If you have not visited that page yet, the link looks like this. Once you have visited the page, it looks like this.

  • LYRICS sung during the track. These are in green.

  • GREY LINES: When the action of the screen is not continuous, I've inserted a grey line. The scenes before and after the grey line are not contiguous with each other in the movie... or the music before or after the grey line is not in the movie.

 

SOURCE TEXT INFORMATION: this identifies the source text for any singing heard in the track. The name is a link that will take you to that source text's page. On that page, you can find the full source text, other places that text was used, and information regarding language, translation, composer, author, artists, etc. It looks like this:

Lyrics 0:00 - 0:40 from “Hymn to Elbereth

DETAILED TIME STAMP INFO FOR LYRICS: this section is for the fan who wants to sing along. I have this information for many of the 'songs' on the soundtrack but not all. The times stamps on the Cue by Cue pages are for the regular/special edition soundtracks. The times stamps for the Complete Recordings have their own page.

NOTES: These give more information on some aspect of the information on the page. Often, it is a speculation or information as to what a piece of unused music might have been intended for. In a few cases, towards the end of the ROTK Cue by Cues, I made some personal notes about finishing this aspect of my site.

LINKS TO OTHER TRACKS: If you're moving through the soundtrack, you could use the PREV. (previous) or NEXT buttons or just click on another track for that same movie CD.

To see how the music on the ROTK OST compares to the CR-ROTK, download this pdf file prepared by Jim Ware.