Outline Figure, , a theme for
Middle-earth in the
subcategory of the Ring Quest, is basically an up-down
martial ostinato played on tympani.
The rhythm changes with iterations. Sometimes it's just
up-down-up-down with even beats. Sometimes is more
up-down-down-up with the Morse Code rhythm of dash-dot-dot-dash.
Places this theme is heard in FOTR:
Places this motif is
As we return to
now day, with the fighting still raging on. The Mordor Outline
plays an up-down-down beat under the Gondor Theme.
A strong, massive up-down-down-up
... up-down-down-up-up beat plays as the Mūmakil show up on the
fields of the Pelennor.
A steady up-down-up-down beat is
heard briefly as the Witch King flies over Minas Tirith while a
Troll bangs on one of the level doors. This is just before
Gandalf's quiet moment with Pippin where they discuss "a far
A very quick, short version with the
up-down beats coming double time as the
Black Gates open to show
Army of Mordor on the other side (this would be after the Mouth
of Sauron in the EE version).
The choir sings the
Mount Doom theme over a
steady up-down version of the Mordor Outline as
Frodo snaps his newly claimed Ring off its chain and puts it on.
Sam screams as do the Nazgūl as they wing their way back to the
Mountain. Gollum knocks out Sam then goes after Frodo. The
action at the Black Gate isn't going that well and then a troll
shows up. Back at the Mountain, Gollum bites off the finger that
holds the Ring. The now visible Frodo screams in pain. Aragorn
is knocked to the ground by the troll. Legolas is frantic,
trying to get to him. Gollum plucks the Ring off the severed
finger and the choir winds down as he holds it up.
After a short, sweet respite of
sound (as soloist Renee Fleming sings the sound of the Ring's
triumph), the pounding choir resumes the
Mount Doom theme, again
over the steady up-down version of
Mordor Outline, as
Frodo, mad as hell,
advances on Gollum and the two wrestle. The troll knocks down
Aragorn again and steps on him. Gandalf looks exhausted and worn
and then, at the Crack of Doom, Frodo and Gollum tumble over the