ARAGORN'S THEME, a theme associated with the
Fellowship of the
Ring (the group of nine), develops out of STRIDER'S THEME and into
When first heard in Bree, Strider's theme provides short
musical hints at the character. It isn't until Amon Hen that
the more complete melody of Aragorn's theme arises. In the
ROTK, the rising nature of Aragorn's theme replaces the
declining nature of the last half of the
Gondor Theme to
create Gondor in Ascension*.
This evolution happens gradually over the three movies and
hints of Strider are heard up until the coronation scene.
All of this music had originally been identified by me and
by Doug as one theme (called Aragorn, by me... and the Heroics of Aragorn in the Complete Recording liner
notes). It suits the purposes of this website to keep both
on one page (where they first started) and for you, the
reader to understand that Strider is heard in Prancing Pony
and Aragorn's Theme is heard at the coronation (as the
Ascension phrase of the Gondor Theme). In between... it's a
bit muddled. For more info, consult
The Music of the LOTR
*Regarding the difference between
the Aragorn's Theme and Gondor in Ascension: When the
ascending phrase is used by itself and directly connected
with Aragorn but not with Gondor it would be Aragorn's
Theme. When it is used in conjunction with the Gondor Theme
and directly connected to Gondor with or without Aragorn,
the ascending phrase creates the Gondor in Ascension Theme.
Places this theme is heard in FOTR:
In the prologue, after Elendil is
killed, Isildur looks up at Sauron and then picks up the broken
sword to attack. As he attacks, this music sounds a lot like
Strider/Aragorn music and has been identified as such on the Lord
of the Rings Score Analysis Project. Since the scene is about
Isildur (Aragorn's ancestor) and the sword that was broken, I
think it makes sense that the Strider/Aragorn music would be used
however no mention of the theme is made for this track in
Music of the LOTR Films.
Strider's Theme plays in the
Prancing Pony, just after Butterbur tells Frodo the name of
the gentleman in the corner who's been watching them, as Frodo says, "Strider".
But the music throughout this scene references Strider's Theme.
Strider's Theme is heard just after
Frodo is stabbed by the Morgul Blade on Weathertop and Aragorn
leaps out with a torch. This music is laid over a
As Aragorn's sends Frodo away and turns to
face the advancing Uruk-hai on
Amon Hen. This is a good example of Aragorn's Theme.
Places this theme is heard in TTT:
dreams of a Rivendell
conversation with Arwen. A flute begins a soft melody just after
Arwen says, 'Sleep'. It continues as she stands and Aragorn,
still reclining looks at her. The phrase ends as he begins to
speak to her in Elvish.
Aragorn's Theme guides the melody for this music.
Aragorn regains consciousness on the banks of the river,
Sheila Chandra sings from the Grace of the Valar. In the
Doug Adams writes, "Though
painted in Elven hues, the melody belongs to Aragorn—its
contours are informed by the Heroics of Aragorn theme."
A strong, heroic version of
Aragorn's Theme is heard while
Aragorn is riding Brego. The phrase start just after Aragorn
spots the armies of Isengard and spurs his horse to ride quickly
to Helm's Deep. Another higher pitched phrase is played as we
see the mountains and then, as the camera turns, Helm's Deep.
The fan credits for the TTT-EE dvd
end with a restatement of the 'Aragorn riding Brego' music.
Places this theme is heard in
As Gandalf and Pippin, on Shadowfax,
gallop up the streets of Minas Tirith. The ascending
Gondor B phrase
(related to Aragorn's Theme) is used here with the more common
version of the Gondor Theme.
An instance of Aragorn's Theme was
scored for the Mouth of Sauron scene but ultimately cut. It can
be heard on the CR-ROTK, Disc 3, Track 15, The Mouth of Sauron
from 1:45 - 2:01 The music from 1:45 - 2:11 encompasses the
moment Aragorn rides toward the MOS until (just before) he
beheads him. The section 1:45 - 2:01 is not in the movie (the
corresponding action being edited out.) The part remaining the
movie (on the CR from 2:01 - 2:11) is just one long sustained
note which means the Heroics music is not heard in the movie.
The Gondor and the
Gondor in Ascension phrase
Aragorn's Theme) are
interlaced as the
crown is placed on Aragorn's head and he steps
forward to meet his people. A (possible) variant that echoes the
call and response nature of the two phrases immediately follows
as the people receive their king.