Overview of Themes for

 The One Ring

 

In The Music of the LOTR Films, Doug Adams identifies four themes for the One Ring (with one theme's name changing as it matures into a Fourth Age theme).

 

THE HISTORY OF THE RING - which I will continue to call the Ring Theme, is used "whenever the One Ring changes hands or marks significant progress in its journey"  (Doug Adams, CR-FOTR liner notes, page 7)

 

THE EVIL OF THE RING - also known as Sauron's/Mordor Theme and which I will continue to call Sauron's Theme, represents "the most villainous inclinations of the Ring and for Mordor itself." (Doug Adams, CR--FOTR liner notes, page 9)

 

THE SEDUCTION OF THE RING - which I will continue to call the Seduction Theme, "represents the One Ring's overwhelming allure." (Doug Adams, CR-FOTR liner notes, page 8)

 

 

FOURTH AGE THEMES

 

THE FATE OF THE RING - this theme appeared once as an "incomplete phrase" in the TTT. It reappeared in the ROTK as the Fourth Age Theme, The Destruction of the Ring.

 

 

THE DESTRUCTION OF THE RING, which develops out of the Fate of the Ring theme, is heard -- not while we see the destruction of the Ring -- but when we see the result of the Ring's destruction has on Barad-dr and the lands surrounding it.