Breakdown of tracks

on the ROTK Soundtrack CD

 

name of track

time stamps

movie scene

NIM = Not In Movie  speculative scene in italics

1

A Storm is Coming

0:00 - 1:54

Opening titles - Déagol and Sméagol fishing, Déagol finds the Ring.

1

A Storm is Coming

1:54 - end

NIM - possibly an early score to Sméagol and Déagol's fight for the Ring.

2

Hope and Memory

entire track

Pippin leaves with Gandalf after looking in the Palantír.

3

Minas Tirith

0:00 - 0:54

The Orcs sneak into Osgiliath by way of boats.

3

Minas Tirith

0:54 - 1:37

The Battle of Osgiliath. Faramir calls the retreat.

3

Minas Tirith

1:37 - 1:53

Gandalf and Pippin top the rise to see Minas Tirith.

3

Minas Tirith

1:53 - 2:35

The retreat from Osgiliath is attacked by Nazgûl. Gandalf wards them off.

4

The White Tree

0:00 - 1:02

Gandalf and Pippin arrive at Minas Tirith and meet Denethor.

4

The White Tree

1:02 - 1:24

Pippin climbs up to the beacon of Gondor.

4

The White Tree

1:24 - 1:33

Gandalf takes Pippin to do 'one more task' for him.

4

The White Tree

1:33 - end

Gondor's beacon is lit and others follow suit all the way to Rohan.

5

The Steward of Gondor

entire track

Faramir rides out of Minas Tirith to retake Osgiliath.

6

Minas Morgul

0:00 - 0:23

The beacon of Minas Morgul is lit.

6

Minas Morgul

0:23 - 0:35

NIM

6

Minas Morgul

0:35 - 1:24

Minas Morgul empties of it's troops while Frodo, Sam and Gollum cower nearby.

6

Minas Morgul

1:24 - end

NIM - possibly written to score the beginning of the climb up towards Cirith Ungol.

7

The Ride of the Rohirrim

0:00 - 0:52

The muster of the Rohirrim at Harrowdale.

7

The Ride of the Rohirrim

0:52 - end

Merry is told he cannot ride with the Rohirrim but is swept up by Éowyn.

8

Twilight and Shadow

entire track

Arwen sees her future with Aragorn, returns to Rivendell and chooses a mortal life.

9

Cirith Ungol

0:00 - 0:36

Sméagol plants seeds of doubt in Frodo's head about Sam's intentions.

9

Cirith Ungol

0:36 - 1:20

Frodo sends Sam away.

9

Cirith Ungol

1:20 - end

NIM - possibly scored for a cut scene where Frodo and Gollum start climbing alone without Sam.

10

Andúril

entire track

Elrond brings the newly reforged Andúril to Aragorn at Dunharrow.

11

Shelob's Lair

0:00 - 2:34

Frodo enters Shelob's Lair and is pursued by the spider

11

Shelob's Lair

2:34 - end

Sam fights and mortally wounds Shelob.

12

Ash and Smoke

0:00 - 1:10

The unconscious Faramir returns to the city and the Orcs begin their attack.

12

Ash and Smoke

1:10 - 1:55

The gates of Minas Tirith have been broken by Grond and the lower level is overrun.

12

Ash and Smoke

1:55 - end

Denethor abandons his duty in despair and Gandalf takes command.

13

The Fields of the Pelennor

0:00 - 1:20

The Rohirrim arrive at the Pelennor Fields. Théoden rallies his troops.

13

The Fields of the Pelennor

1:20 - 2:53

The Nazgûl on their winged steeds attack Minas Tirith.

13

The Fields of the Pelennor

2:53 - end

The Rohirrim charge into the Army of Mordor.

14

Hope Fails

0:00 - 0:24

Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas enter the Paths of the Dead.

14

Hope Fails

0:24 - 1:43

The Mouth of Sauron delivers news of Frodo's death and the mithril coat.

14

Hope Fails

1:43 - end

Aragorn asserts his authority with the King of the Dead and summons the dead to serve him.

15

The Black Gate Opens

0:00 -  0:51

The Black Gate opens. Aragorn rouses the Men (and Hobbits)

15

The Black Gate Opens

0:51 -  1:40

Frodo and Sam struggle up the sides of Mount Doom.

15

The Black Gate Opens

1:40 -  2:02

Those at the Black Gates steel themselves for their doom.

15

The Black Gate Opens

2:02 -  2:57

On the Mountain, Sam remembers the Shire. Frodo cannot remember.

15

The Black Gate Opens

2:57 -  3:07

NIM

15

The Black Gate Opens

3:07 -  3:28

Frodo dangles over the Crack of Doom as Sam pleads for him to grab his hand.*

16

The End of All Things

0:00 - 0:44

At the Crack of Doom, Frodo claims the Ring and puts it on. Gollum appears and knocks out Sam.

16

The End of All Things

0:44 - 0:50

At the Black Gate, a huge troll shows up to take on Aragorn.

16

The End of All Things

0:50 - 0:58

Gollum and the invisible Frodo are wrestling over the Crack of Doom.

16

The End of All Things

0:58 - 1:02

The troll knocks Aragorn down. Legolas is desperate to get to him but can't.

16

The End of All Things

1:02 - 1:22

Having bitten off Frodo's finger, Gollum holds up the Ring.

16

The End of All Things

1:22 - 1:33

Legolas is still trying to get to Aragorn.

16

The End of All Things

1:33 - 2:00

Gollum is jubilant. Dazed at first, Frodo comprehends what has happened. He gets up and attacks Gollum, wrestling him for the Ring.

16

The End of All Things

2:00 - 2:07

Aragorn continues his battle with the troll. Gandalf looks around in exhaustion?

16

The End of All Things

2:07 - 2:13

Frodo and Gollum are still wrestling. Suddenly, both tumble over the precipice.

16

The End of All Things

2:13 - 3:52

NIM - possibly scored for the consumption of Gollum in the lava, Frodo's dangling scene, and the final destruction of the Ring.

16

The End of All Things

3:52 - 4:09

This phrase is heard as Barad-dur begins to crumble. It is reprised a few times in the movie as the Orcs spill into the newly formed chasm and Mount Doom erupts in the distance.

16

The End of All Things

4:09 - end

The Eagles, with Gandalf, arrive on the lava filled mountainside to rescue the prostrate Frodo and Sam. The music ends as Frodo begins to awake in Ithilien.

17

The Return of the King

0:00 - 2:04

Frodo awakes in Ithilien and the Fellowship (Sans Boromir) is reunited at his bedside.

17

The Return of the King

2:10 - 4:41

Aragorn is crowned King and walks forth to greet the people.

17

The Return of the King

4:41 - 6:14

Arwen and Aragorn are reunited.

17

The Return of the King

6:14 - 6:42

All assembled bow before the four Hobbits.

17

The Return of the King

6:42 - 8:22

We transition to the Shire as the Hobbits make their way back to Hobbiton.

17

The Return of the King

8:42 - 9:39

At the Green Dragon, the four Hobbits make a silent toast. Sam makes a decision.

17

The Return of the King

9:39 - end

Sam and Rosie are married.

18

The Grey Havens

entire track

The four Hobbits ride with Gandalf and Bilbo to the Grey Havens. Goodbyes are said. Bilbo, Gandalf and Frodo board the ship with the Elves and the ship departs from Middle-earth.

*indicates that the same basic melody is used in the movie as on the CD but the tin whistle is absent.

 

 

 

 

Entire ROTK Movie

Frodo and Sam's StoryAragorn's StoryMerry and Pippin's Story

Breakdown of CD tracks