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
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
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