ROTK Complete Recordings - Disc 1

Lyric Time Stamps

 

Disc One

(track number to the left)


1

Sméagol and Déagol's seduction

7

Merry and Pippin singing at Edoras

12 Arwen's vision of Eldarion

12

Life blood of the Eldar leaves Arwen

13

Remembering Boromir's wounding

14

Frodo at Minas Morgul (not in movie)

Disc Two

(track number to the left)


1

Osgiliath is overrun

1

Gandalf wards off the Nazgul

4

Faramir rides out

4

Pippin sings for Denethor

6

That mountain is evil

6

Aragorn summoned to Théoden's tent

7

Andúril revealed

9 Traveling the Dimholt Road

11

Do not look down

12

The Nazgul attack Minas Tirith

Disc Three

(track number to the left)


3

Minas Tirith is overrun

5

Drive them to the river!

9

Éowyn vs. the Witch King

10

The Death of Théoden

11

Hands of the King / hands of healer

13

This darkness will endure

15

On the side of the mountain

16

For Frodo; the final battle

16

The Moth and the Eagles

Disc Four

(track number to the left)


1

Frodo claims the Ring

1

Gollum claims the Ring

1

Frodo fights Gollum for the Ring

2

Frodo dangles

2

The Destruction of the Ring

2

Destruction of the Barad-dûr

2

Destruction of Mordor & Mount Doom

3

The Eagles come for Sam and Frodo

4

King Elessar sings Elendil's Oath

4 Arwen at the Coronation
7 Closing Credits : Into the West
7 Closing Credits : Arwen's Vision
8 Bilbo's Song
Notes at the bottom of the page

 

Scene: Sméagol & Déagol's seduction +

CR-ROTK Track: Roots and Beginnings; 1-1

Source Text: Seduction of the Ring

 

[2:54] I
[2:55] tuo
[2:56] i
[2:57] ma-
[2:58] ci-il
(macil sung over three notes)
[2:59] (a)stal-
[3:02] do-
(changes notes so like 2 syllables)
[3:03] ron
[3:04] mau-
[3:05] ri
[3:06] nai
[3:07] Cor(ma)
[3:11] I tuo
[3:12] i
[3:13] macil
[3:15] A lelyat
[3:19] túren(na)
[3:20] i
[3:21] tuo

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Scene: Merry and Pippin singing at Edoras -

CR-ROTK Track: The Green Dragon; 1-1

Source Text: The Green Dragon

 

Oh, you can search far and wide
You can drink the whole town dry
But you'll never find a beer so brown
As the one we drink in our hometown (there's some counterpoint going on with these two lines)

You can keep* your fancy ales
You can drink 'em by the flagon
But the only brew for the brave and true (repeated twice on the CR)
Comes from the Green Dragon

 

(The closed captions say 'drink' but the AS-ROTK says 'keep'. It's hard to be sure but I think it's 'keep'.)

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Scene: Arwen's vision of Eldarion +

CR-ROTK Track: The Grace Of Undómiel; 1-12

Source Text: The Evening Star

 

The OST's version has a 16 second choral prelude to what you hear below. This is not heard in the movie but would have fallen when we hear Elrond's voice over as Arwen rides to the Gey Havens and as Arwen gets her first glimpse of Eldarion. The movies' version has the choir either mixed very low at the beginning of the solo's part or absent completely. I also believe the recording of the movies' music is a different 'take' than from the OST & CR versions.

What you see below are the phonetic lyrics set to time stamps. When you see a dash, it's an indication that that syllable was sung over two notes and might sound like two syllables when you listen.

 

 

Female Soloist

Boys


[0:00]

noo e-l

kree oo

ah

my

neel

nee

el

nel

[0:16]

oo  e-l

me-h 

See lee

my

doo

glee

lee

my

[0:32]

nee fee lee

nah lo

meh le  ne

meh nel ah do

neel

fee

el

meh

[0:48]

ee ah

doo ree

foo een

e vah

my

ee

doo

foo

nye

my

[1:11]

(singing ends)


 

 

For more info on what we know (or don't) about these lyrics, go HERE.

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Scene: The life blood of the Eldar leaves Arwen +

CR-ROTK Track: The Grace Of Undómiel; 1-12

Source Text: The Evening Star

 
  Female Soloist Boys

[2:48]

ah

nee loo

nah  koo (3/4 bar)

(silent)

(silent)

nah

[3:00]

ah nee

noo loo

ee ah

ahn

 

noo

[3:12]

nah

noo

ahn nen

nahn

noo

ahn

[3:24]

ah nen ne (6/4 bar)

ah

[3:29]

peh raw

Peh

[3:32]

Nen (3/4 bar)

nen

[3:34]

ah

(silent)

 

For more info on what we know (or don't) about these lyrics, go HERE.

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Scene: Remembering Boromir's wounding +

CR-ROTK Track: The Eyes Of The White Tower; 1-13

Source Text: The Death of Boromir, part 2

 

[0:16] tel
[0:18] le
[0:18] lí
[0:18] na
[0:19] Man
[0:20] na
[0:21] lel
[0:22] yal

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Scene: Frodo stumbles toward Minas Morgul (not in movie) +

CR-ROTK Track: A Coronal of Silver and Gold; 1-14

Source Text: Revelation of the Ringwraiths

 

[5:02] Bâ
[5:05] rî’n
[5:08] Ka
[5:10] tha
[5:13] râd
[5:15] Bâ
[5:18] rî’n
[5:20] Ka
[5:23] tha
[5:26] râd 

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These time stamps work with the Complete Recordings of the ROTK. If the song is on the regular or special edition CDs, you could find those timestamps on that track's cue by cue. To determine which track any song is on, you could consult the Master Lyrics List for the ROTK.

Numbers after the scene indicate Disc and Track.

Sources for these lyrics as sung and their timestamps were developed over time, from many resources, and by many people.

The most current source we have are the phonetic lyrics given to the choir for the ROTK Live to Projection Symphony. The work of figuring how to match source material with the phonetic lyrics and how to set them with timestamps has been done primarily by Sabsi with proofing and additional contributions by me.

Not all singing that's heard in the movies or on CDs is included in the ROTK Live Symphony. Some are from extended scenes (and the Live to Projection series involves the theatrical editions of the movies) or from Fan Club scrolls. Or maybe they're an alternate version of score found on one of the CDs. For those pieces, we are left utilizing a variety of resources---all limited in their own way. These include:

  • The ROTK Annotated Score : This provides only the sketchiest of information about the lyrics. We are only told in which track each source song is used first. Successive uses aren't indicated and neither are we told which lines are sung.

  • Musical notation : These sources include primarily MusicNotes sheet music and notation found in the CR Liner notes.

  • Our own ears : This is the resource we started with that we relied upon greatly. Sometimes is served us well. Sometimes not. I once said, "Although we all are exacting in our labors, our ears are human, not Elven. We are making our best guesses sometimes. One of us hears 'ah' and the other hears 'nah'. I also am beginning to suspect that there's quite a bit of counterpoint singing going one, either between a choir and a soloist, or between different sections of the choir. We may never know what some of these lyrics are for sure."

    For those songs that are not in the ROTK Live Symphony, we may-in fact-never know what's sung for sure. There has never been any eagerness to provide this information in any official way. Whether the lyrics as sung followed the source text in a comprehensible way or not, Shore's intention was: "It’s more about sound than about meaning." (comment by Doug Adams) So, if it's not supposed to 'make sense' (the thinking goes), there's no reason for us to know what is being sung. My point is, I don't care if it makes sense either. I just want to sing along. So far, my point hasn't been proven persuasive.

Thanks: as I said before, all of the most recent work involving the ROTK Live Symphony has been done by Sabsi with some help from Danijel and myself. Whether that information confirmed what we had before or completely replaced what we thought before or filled in what we had no clue before... lots of people contributed to what we 'had before'. Those people include:

Ainu Laire

Angela "Aty" Ferreira

Danijel Legin (Bârîn_Katharâd)

Elvenscribe07

Gwen Lloyd

Imladir

Incanus (Mikko Ojala)

Kurt Milano (Ridan)

Lisa Graves

MinasMorgul

Sabsi Fronek

TheTennisBallKid

Turesse

Tyrhael

Zigur

and the ones who started it all:

Ryszard Derdzinski and the folks at Gwaith-I-Phethdain

 

 

 

 

                

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