The rhaita is an double-reeded,
oboe like instrument from North Africa. (Howard Shore
refers to it as a Berber instrument and Doug Adams makes
one reference to a Moroccan rhaita.) There are many
similar types of these double-reed instruments which can
be called raita, rhita, ghaita, and ghaita. The sound is
loud and spectacular.
USE IN SOUNDTRACK
The rhaita is (almost?)
exclusively associated with the Evil of the Ring theme
Jan Hendrickse played the
rhaita in FOTR, TTT, and ROTK.
1. Sample from Joal
Master Musicians of Jajouka with Bachir Attar, Live Vol.
2. Sample from CR-FOTR, Disc
1, Track 7, Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe, 5:53-6:04