The Witch King / Orcs of Mordor Theme

A Fourth Age Theme for Mordor

 

The Witch King / Orcs of Mordor, a Fourth Age theme for Mordor, is an extrapolation of the Isengard theme. Whereas Isengard was the tool for Sauron in FOTR and TTT, the Witch King and the Orcs of Mordor do his bidding in ROTK. Whereas Isengard employed an up-down-up movement for its first three notes, the WK/OM theme's first three notes ascend which ties it to the inverted Threat of Mordor heard in ROTK.

 

Places this theme is heard in ROTK:

  • As the Minas Morgul empties its troops and sends them toward Minas Tirith as Frodo, Sam, and Gollum watch behind nearby rocks. Used in conjunction with the Five Beat Pattern.

  • As Faramir says to his father, "You wish now that our places had been exchanged. That I had died and Boromir had lived.", pan flute plays with the three ascending notes of Faramir and Denethor's theme and the Ascension Setting of the Gondor Theme. But it has essentially the same rhythm and note movement as the Witch King theme. Although it is not laid over the Five Beat Pattern, it does seem to alternate between 4/4 and 3/4 measures giving it a bit of an off balance feel.

  • After Gandalf dispatches Denethor and assumes command, he orders the troops to greet their guests. "Send these foul beasts into the abyss." The trebuchets are launched while music drawn from the Gondor theme is heard. As the Army of Mordor returns the favor, the Witch King/Orcs of Mordor theme is heard.

  • As siege towers are rolled up to the walls of Minas Tirith and Gandalf yells for the archers to aim at the trolls.

  • As the Army of Mordor assaults the doors of Minas Tirith with a small battering ram.

  • As Grond is brought forth and the troops chant, "Grond! Grond! Grond!". Used in conjunction with the Five Beat Pattern. In this scene, when the focus is on Grond, Sauron's Theme is used. When the focus is on the Orc troops, the Witch King / Orcs of Mordor theme is used.

  • As Frodo and Sam, disguised in Orc gear, get caught up in a line of troops moving to the Black Gate. This music combines a melody caught between the Isengard theme and the Witch King / Orcs of Mordor theme along with the Five Beat Pattern and the Threat of Mordor. (EE Scene)

  • After, as a distraction, Sam hits Frodo and widespread fighting breaks out in the Orc troop line. As in the scene listed just previous, this music combines a melody caught between the Isengard theme and the Witch King / Orcs of Mordor theme along with the Five Beat Pattern and the Threat of Mordor. (EE Scene)