MINAS TIRITH (SILVER
a theme for
represents "everything that mankind can be, should it choose
the nobler path" (Doug Adams,
CR-FOTR liner notes,
page 20-21) and
"Gondor's place in the
history of Middle-earth" (Doug Adams,
CR-ROTK liner notes, page 18). The theme matures into the
Fourth Age theme, Gondor Reborn.
Howard Shore has
also referred to this music, "The History of Gondor Theme"
but this name was not used in the liner notes.
Historically, this theme has also been called the Silver
Places this theme is
heard in FOTR:
Places this theme is heard in
As two Rivendell Elves reforge the
broken Narsil into Andúril. At the end of the phrase, the
scene cuts to Gandalf and Pippin on Shadowfax bound for Minas
I had considered music heard as as
Gandalf and Pippin
top a rise and spot Minas Tirith
to be a fast paced variant of the Minas Tirith theme. But Doug
Adams writes in the AS-ROTK, "And yet their first view of Minas
Tirith is met by an odd inversion of the Gondor theme. All is
not well in the White Tower and Gandalf knows it." This inverted
Gondor theme is very like the Minas Tirith theme, I think.
Rather than remove it from my list here, I thought I'd leave it
in for its curiosity.
A slow, noble version
Gandalf and Pippin walk past the
White Tree in the courtyard of Minas Tirith. Gandalf
comments it is the Tree of the King, but Denethor is not King...
he is a Steward only.
Elrond gives Andúril to Aragorn. He says it's reforged from the shards of Narsil. Aragorn
says, "Sauron will not have forgotten the sword of Elendil." and
whips it out.