FOTR End Credits Music

Breaking of the Fellowship Alternate Version


The Breaking of the Fellowship - alternate version : This was originally recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for the FOTR Cannes preview. But edits were required for the scene and Shore rescored the piece before the London Recording sessions. Therefore, the music heard during the scene is performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The original NZSO performance is heard here, in the Fan Club Scroll music. Although it is clearly identifiable as 'Breaking of the Fellowship' music, it is distinctly different when compared side by side with the scene's music.


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A Hobbit's Understanding (till 0:52)




Hymn Chords of the Shire Theme play as Frodo stands on the banks of the Anduin and recalls Gandalf's advice, "All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.




Then we hear A Hobbit's Understanding while Frodo hesitates for awhile then launches the boat into the Anduin. Sam calls after him but Frodo does not acknowledge him.




The A Hobbit's Understanding ends as Sam plunges into the water. A calm melody is played by strings as Sam wades in too deep loses his footing.




Soft horns play a note and then strings pick up a lush, dramatic version of A Hobbit's Understanding as Frodo's hand reaches underwater and grabs Sam's wrist and Sam is pulled into the boat.



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The single whistle begins a Hymn Setting of the Shire A melody, with humming voices in the background as Frodo embraces Sam. They paddle away.



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Fade to Boromir laid out in an Elven boat with his sword in his hands. A hesitant, broken phrase is played (I sense that this is a mournful Fellowship theme with only some notes played... to signify the ‘breaking’ of the Fellowship?) Aragorn is strapping on Boromir's vambraces. Boromir’s boat goes over the falls and Legolas calls to Aragorn and Gimli to hurry after Frodo.




At the moment when a solo whistle plays the Shire Theme in the scene, the credit music plays further soft variations of A Hobbit's Understanding. The variations of A Hobbit's Understanding get more broad and more intense until...

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they meld into a sparse, short, slow and sober statement of the Fellowship Theme. The orchestra then seems to play around with the Fellowship Theme, barely quoting it in an almost funereal arrangement.

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A phrase is played that uses those three notes of the secondary Shire B melody. Aragorn will let Frodo go, but all is not lost if the Three stick together. (This could be a variant of the Shire B or A Hobbit's Understanding or maybe both are heard in there. Doug Adams does not address it in the FOTR-Annotated Score.)



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A resurrected Fellowship Theme plays as he suggests they follow Merry and Pippin. "Let us hunt some Orc."




The Three Hunters begin their pursuit and Frodo and Sam climb up the hill to begin their journey. "Sam, I'm glad you are with me." This music is slightly longer on the CR & OST than in the credit music.




The whistle picks up the Pensive Setting of the Shire A melody as Frodo and Sam look at each other and set off down the rise. The credit music resolves nicely while the scene music features a few notes on the harp before moving into May It Be (movie, CR) or In Dreams (OST).









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-dűm ~ 14-Lothlórien ~ 15-Great River ~ 16-Amon Hen

17-The Breaking of the Fellowship ~ 18-May It Be

FOTR Closing Credits

20-Farewell to Lórien - TTT-LE

Two scenes with cue by cues:

Bilbo's 'Concerning Hobbits'

Frodo & Gandalf Riding through the Shire