ROTK End Credits Music

 

 

This is an accounting of the End Credits Music associated with The Return of the King after the closing 'pop' song, Into the West, finishes.

The TT and EE versions of the movie's regular credits are the same. The CR-ROTK version of the credit movies is the same as the movies but I believe it could be a different 'take'. The ending, especially seems a little more dynamic. The OST is missing all but a truncated and milder version of the Wagnerian inspired finale. Doug Adams wrote, "Shore often composed multiple drafts of these compositions in an effort to get precisely the right tone in each. The end credit suites have often been used to showcase some of these drafts that, while they didn’t make it into the narrative flow, still hold something of unique musical interest." (moviemusic.com's forums)

Different versions of the various cues, whether they be in the credits or from the original scenes, seem to run at different speeds so comparative lengths vary.

The Movie

(either in the theater or on DVD)

OST; Track 19

Into the West

CR-ROTK; Disc Four - Track 7

Days of the Ring

The Coronation of the King

 

The Coronation of the King

Arwen's vision of Eldarion

 

Arwen's vision of Eldarion

Wagnerian inspired finale

Wagnerian inspired finale

Wagnerian inspired finale

--- Fan Club Scroll ---

   

Éowyn vs. the Mûmakil

 

 

Frodo sends Sam away

 

 

Sissel's Song

 

 

Pippin finds Merry on the Fields of the Pelennor

   

Bilbo's Song

 

 

Timestamps shown in left column below indicate length of cue.


Regular Credits Music


[2:00]

The Coronation of King Elessar. Heard on:

CR-ROTK, Disc 4, Track 7, The Days of the Ring, 5:15 - 7:16.
This is not on the OST's presentation of credit music.

This is comparable to:

ROTK-OST, Track 17, The Return of the King : 1:46 - 3:46
CR-ROTK, Disc 4, Track 4, The Fellowship Reunited : 1:47 - 3:45


[2:00]

Arwen's vision of Eldarion. Heard on:

CR-ROTK, Disc 4, Track 7, The Days of the Ring, 7:16 - 9:50.
This is not on the OST's presentation of credit music.

This is comparable to:

ROTK-OST, Track 18, Twilight and Shadow : 0:00 - 2:18 - although the last bit (about 18 seconds long) as heard in the credits and on the CR track below are not on the OST
CR-ROTK, Disc 1, Track 12, The Grace of Undómiel : 0:00 - 2:18 - although the first bit (about 14 seconds long) of the choir's intro that is heard in the credits and on the OST are not The Grace of Undómiel

  Solo Choir
[0:00]   Ngil
[0:03]   nin
[0:07]   el
[0:10]   nel
[0:14] E Ngil
[0:18] ri-el-vi nin
[0:20] ú  
[0:22] a el
[0:26] a (cont'd) nel
[0:30] du du
[0:32] ial  
[0:33] Gling Gli
[0:34] nant  
[0:37] Sil li
[0:40] li  
[0:41] mae mae
[0:45] Ngil Ngil
[0:47] cen  
[0:48] nin  
[0:48] fi fi
[0:51] ri  
[0:53] el el
[0:54] vi  
[0:56] a  
[0:56] Me me
[0:57] nel  
[0:58] a  
[0:59] du  
[1:00] i i
[1:02] al  
[1:04] Dur dúr
[1:06] i  
[1:08] fu fu
[1:10] in  
[1:12] Nae Nae
[1:13] nol  
[1:16] mae mae

note: I've found that songs ripped from the DVD usually play at a different rate than found on CDs. The timestamps above work for the clip I have ripped from the DVD. The same song as heard on the CR runs longer.


[1:10]

Wagnerian inspired finale. Comparable to:

CR-ROTK, Disc 4, Track 7, The Days of the Ring, 9:50 - 11:00
ROTK-OST, Track 19, Into the West, 4:34 - 5:35.

The final phrase of this finale is shorter and less dynamic on the OST than in the movie and on the CR-ROTK, 4-7.


Fan Club Scroll Music


[1:15]

Éowyn vs. the Mûmakil. (Thanks to Hirgon for placing this) Comparable to :

CR-ROTK, Disc Three, Track 7, Dernhelm In Battle - although the CR track has additional material in the last third of the track.


[1:10]

Frodo sends Sam away on the Stairs of Cirith Ungol.

Comparable to ROTK, Track 9, Cirith Ungol, 0:00 - 1:18, although there is few seconds more music, in the middle of the cue..


[1:27]

Sissel's Song which was originally written for the Houses of Healing extended scene but was bumped by Arwen's Song. Arwen's Song was originally intended for her vision of Eldarion with Aragorn but was bumped by The Evening Star by Renee Fleming. For more information on this swapping, see THESE COMMENTS by HS and DA. Heard on:

CR-ROTK, Disc Three, Track 13, The Last Debate, 2:51 - 4:20. It was included in the CR-ROTK by matching it with the extended scene between Éowyn and Faramir. (although it was not written for that scene)

 

[0:00] na
[0:06] 'wa
[0:09] nath
[0:12] ah
[0:17] na
[0:20] dhín

Solo:
[0:23] Boe
[0:29] naer
[0:32] gwan
[0:33] nath
[0:35] ach
[0:38] an
[0:39] nant
(these three syllables, ach an nant, are quite fluid)
[0:40] ui(ch)
(I can't hear the 'ch')
[0:43] ben
[0:45] estel
[0:49] An
[0:51] u(ich)
[0:52] gwen
[0:55] nen
[0:57] na
[0:57] rin
[1:00] gyrn
[1:03] am
[1:04] bar
[1:05] hen.
[1:06] Boe
[1:07] naid
(two notes)
[1:10] gwan
[1:12] na
[1:15] thar,
[1:16] Boe
[1:17] cuil
[1:18] ban
[1:19] fi
[1:20] ri
[1:21] tha.

 

note: I've found that songs ripped from the DVD usually play at a different rate than found on CDs. The timestamps above work for the clip I have ripped from the DVD. The same song as heard on the CR runs longer.


[0:40]

Pippin finds Merry on the Fields of the Pelennor. Comparable to:

CR-ROTK, Disc Three, Track 11, The Houses Of Healing, 2:15 - 3:00


[1:15]

Bilbo's Song was written specifically for the ROTK-EE Credits.

Doug Adams Comment:

Yes, he wrote that beautiful, beautiful theme… it’s the absolutely final variation on the Shire material and it could turn a stone-hearted cynic into a poet. I remember getting a call from London during the ROTK DVD recording sessions. They had a few questions for me regarding fan scroll music, and mentioned at the time, “Oh, Howard wrote one more song for the boys.” I was shocked, because he wasn’t in the practice of writing new pieces for the credits. “He just felt like he should.” How great is that?

It was included on the CR-ROTK, (Disc 4, Track 8) as a bonus track.

Time stamps below are by Gwen Lloyd. The times indicated here would assume the first syllable is sung at 0:00.

Gwen made a lovely chart which didn't import well into html so I've kept the style I've used with most other songs. She charted every second of the song, placing sung syllables with some seconds, and pauses or held notes with others. I thought looking at the pauses/held notes was helpful. It indicates the phrasing of the song better than my usual formatting, so I made an attempt to preserve that information.

I used a small dash --- to indicate every second that contained a pause or drawn out note. So three dashes --- --- --- indicate three seconds. In a few cases, I emphasized a held note or pause with ellipses. There's a period for each second of held note or pause that follows that syllable. I have left in the dashes in these cases.

Sometimes after a pause, then next syllable comes in a as a grace note. These are indicated with an asterisk *. So this --- * means that there is about a one and a half second pause and the next syllable is a catch note for the next phrase sung.

Often, the seconds kind of line up with beats but not always. It might work to think of these --- as a beat, but perhaps not always. The best solution would be sheet music, but that's beyond our capability. Time stamps vary from player to player and none of this can be 100% precise. It will work best to just find the phrases rather than try to adhere too strictly to the time stamps or make --- equal a beat.

 

[0:00] Im

---
[0:02] nau
[0:03] thon
[0:04] nan
[0:05]
naur

---
[0:07] nu
[0:08] ngil
[0:09]
ith

---
[0:11] O
[0:12]
naid

---
[0:14] i
[0:15] gen
[0:16] nin
[0:17]
im

---
[0:19] O
[0:20]
lyth . . .

--- --- ---

[0:24] e-
[0:25]
barth

---
[0:27] (a) gwil 1
[0:28]
wil

---
[0:30] ith
[0:31] Ne
[0:32] laer
[0:33]
i

---
[0:35] vanner
[0:36] lim
[0:37] lais
[0:38] gwennin
--- --- ---
 

[0:42] Im

---
[0:44]
he

---
[0:46]
vin
[0:47] nan
[0:48]
na

[0:49] ur
[0:50]
a

--- --- ---
[0:54] nau
[0:55]
thon

--- ---
[0:58]
O

---
[1:00]
gwaith

---
[1:02]
ne

--- --- *
[1:06]
din lu 2

--- ---  *
[1:09]
i

[1:10] aur

--- ---  *
[1:13] A
[1:13] gwaith 
3

[1:14] i

--- ---
[1:17]
cen

--- --- ---
 

 

[1:21] i

---
[1:23]
tha

---
[1:25]
ar

--- ---
[1:28] dhon
[1:29] ir
[1:30] is
[1:31] ta
[1:32]
thon

---
[1:34]
u

---
[1:36]
aur


--- --- ---
[1:40]
Dan

---
[1:42]
iar

---
[1:44]
im nan

[1:45] naur
--- ---
[1:48]
pe

---  
[1:50]
li

---
[1:52]
el

--- ---
[1:55]
Oh

---
[1:57]
au

---
[1:59]
rath

*
 

 

[2:00] i
[2:01] oer
[2:02] nau
[2:03]
thon

--- --- ---
[2:07] Las
[2:08]
ton

---
[2:10] a
[2:11] tha
[2:12] il
[2:14]
im

[2:15] u-

[2:16] gen

[2:17] i

[2:18] thon

--- --- ---

[2:22] 'ah' 4

[2:23] e

[2:24] the

[2:25] li

[2:26] el
[2:27] A
[2:28] lem
[2:29] maid
[2:30]
nan

--- ---
[2:33]
an . . . .

--- --- --- ---
[2:38]
non . . . . . .

--- --- --- --- --- ---

 

1 Gwen does not hear 'a' which is in the source text at this point

2 Gwen hears an 'ah' here, even though it is not in the source text

3 Gwen is not sure if this is sung, she can hear the 'i' at 1:15 for sure.

4 Gwen hears this 'ah' even though it is not in the source text

 

note: I've found that songs ripped from the DVD usually play at a different rate than found on CDs. The timestamps above work for the clip I have ripped from the DVD. The same song as heard on the CR runs longer.


 

 

 
 
 

 

                   

 

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-Anduril ~ 11-Shelob's Lair ~ 12-Ash and Smoke ~ 13-Fields of the Pelennor

14-Hope Fails ~ 15-The Black Gate Opens ~ 16-End of All Things

17-Return of the King ~ 18-The Grey Havens ~ 19-Into the West

ROTK Closing Credits Music