THE SEDUCTION OF THE RING, a theme for The One Ring,
"represents the One Ring's
overwhelming allure." (Doug Adams,
liner notes, page 8)
The theme often
uses boy’s voices singing lyrics from
Seduction of the Ring or humming the melody.
My original name
for this music was simply the Seduction theme and I've not
made any effort to change that throughout the site.
HS COMMENT (FOTR appendices' comments)
HS COMMENT (HS interview comments)
Places this theme is heard in FOTR:
When Gandalf, on his horse, is giving Sam and Frodo advice on
their way out of the Shire. The boy’s choir seem to be humming
here (no words).
When Boromir picks up the Ring Frodo dropped in the snow. The
choir sings the Seduction lyrics.
When Frodo offers the Ring to Aragorn on
the Ring calls to him. The choir sings words here, also.
The place this theme is used in TTT:
Places this theme is heard in
When Déagol gets his first look at the Ring
he just found under the water. Sméagol comes up behind him
and both are captivated by the Ring. "Give us the Ring,
Déagol my love."
On the ROTK Soundtrack CD, Track 1 -
is Coming, an unused cue toward the end of the track (~2:00 -
end), there is a mix of a speeded up variant of the
Theme, Sauron's Theme, and the
Descending Third motif.
This was section was originally
intended for the
fight between Sméagol and Déagol (which doesn't contain any
music in the movie).
When Sam tries to hand the Ring over to Frodo
in Cirith Ungol but faces some internal reluctance, we hear the
pulse of the Ring, the whine of the Ring, and short snippets of
choral notes... but not the Seduction Theme. Interesting.
There was music written for the
moment at Mount Doom when Frodo is faced with finally destroying
the Ring. He is standing at the brink and holding the Ring over
the lava but he looks tormented. Sam pleads with him. "What are
you waiting for? Just let it go? At that moment, the music drops
out in the movie but what was scored for it was a final
combination of the History of the
Ring, the Seduction of the Ring, and the
Evil of the Ring (Sauron's Theme).
Frodo eyes fix on the Ring and his demeanor turns from tormented
to focused... intent... rapt... determined. As the
twisted, slippery music comes to a quiet end, Frodo calmly turns
back to Sam.. his mind decided. The music can be heard on the
CR-ROTK, Disc 5, Track 1, Mount Doom, 0:51 - 1:25.