SHIRE A is what I call
the melody used for the verse of the song, 'In Dreams'.
(When the cold of Winter comes, starless night will cover
day...) It is sometimes used alone, and sometimes
Shire B or
the variant of the
Hobbit's Understanding, but the Shire
A phrase is the primary phrase and used most often throughout the
Especially in ROTK, the variants and references of the recognizable "In
Dreams" melody were so broad that I created a
page just for them. They will not make it into this list.
Some similarities can be heard between
the Shire A Theme and the Christian hymn, "This is My Father's
HERE to read more.
A full overview of the Shire
music is found on The Shire
and the Hobbits page.
Places this theme is heard in FOTR:
As Bilbo begins his book, “There and Back Again”.
Gandalf meets Frodo in the countryside, “It’s wonderful to
see you Gandalf.”
Gandalf pulls up in his wagon at Bag End
Just after Sam,
in the scarecrow field, says, “It’ll be the farthest away
from home I’ve ever been.” as Frodo encourages him, “Come on
As Sam rushes into the
newly awakened Frodo’s bedroom in Rivendell.
Frodo reunites with Bilbo at Rivendell
When Frodo, after reuniting with Bilbo in Rivendell, decides
return to the Shire
As the Hobbits insist on accompanying Frodo on his quest in
Council of Elrond
After Bilbo is
momentarily possessed by his desire for the Ring in
A full heroic version over scenes of the
Fellowship goes south, passing through various landscapes
after leaving Rivendell.
As Sam worries about Frodo while resting overnight on the
Anduin (FOTR EE)
After Frodo pulls Sam out of the water and into the canoe
A quick variant is heard as Aragorn tells
Gimli and Legolas, "Frodo's fate is no longer in our hands."
During the verses of “In
Dreams”. Verse 1: When the cold of winter comes.... Verse 2:
When the seas and mountains fall...
Places this theme is heard in TTT:
As Sam and Frodo
eat lembas bread
while trying to cross Emyn Muil.
Frodo feels encouraged by Sam's speech in Osgiliath.
Faramir tells Frodo, "I
think at last... we understand one another, Frodo Baggins."
Places this theme is heard in
At the Crossroads, after Frodo says
he has a funny feeling. "I don't think I'll be coming back." A
short phrase of the
Shire A melody plays as Sam
scolds him. "Of course you will. That's just morbid thinking.
We're going there and back again. Just like Mr. Bilbo."
After Frodo, on the stairs of Cirith Ungol, tells Sam to go
Sam steps into Frodo's bedroom in Ithilien.
A grand version as all the
people bow down before the four Hobbits at the coronation of
Flute plays a somber, sweet version
Outline Figure as,
after following the map across Middle-earth, we see the
Hobbits ride back to the Shire.
On the OST and
CR, the Shire Pensive Setting continues over a harp
plucking double speed (not quite the Skip Beat or Outline
Figure). This section is not in the movie. I'm not sure at the
moment, but I think this may be the last sweet, pure version we
get of this theme/setting.
A variant of the Shire A is heard when we cut
Gandalf's wagon pulling up to the Green Dragon to meet with
the Hobbits who will escort Bilbo to the Grey Havens and as
Bilbo asks to see his old Ring again.
This site started with small intentions and grew as time went by. It
was driven, to a large extent, by my obsessive tendency to organize.
And having a strong left brain, I organized the music by melody. I
suspect Howard Shore is more right brained and his 'organization' of
the music was governed by more artistic elements. For most of the
themes, our two ways of organizing didn't conflict. But that is not
the case with the Shire and Hobbit Music.
I identified the 'Shire Theme'
as being the melody of "In Dreams". Then I realized that "In Dreams"
had a verse and a chorus and that HS sometimes used both for his
Shire music, or sometimes one or the other by themselves. So I
separated the Shire Theme into Shire A (the verse) and
Shire B (the
chorus). Then, through discussion, I started paying more attention
to a 'variant' of the Shire Theme which finally got it's own page as
the Shire B+... as it seemed to be a variant of the chorus melody.
plenty warning before the release of the
CR-FOTR that this was
not how Howard Shore looked at this music. The
provided us with the first comprehensive look at how he did
organize it. The Shire Theme seems to be a term used in general
and when used, seems to refer to the melody of "In Dreams". But
the music is organized by "Settings", which means (to me)
differences in orchestration that provide differences in mood.
As it turns out, the Shire A and the
Shire B might have either a
Pensive Setting or a Hymn Setting. If I were going to
align my organizations with the 'official' material, I would have to
deconstruct the theme pages, make new ones, and then go into all the
other pages digging out the old references and links and creating
new ones. And some information on those pages would be unnecessary,
meaning they should be erased altogether.
Not only do I not have the heart to do the work this would involve,
I think some of the information on those pages is interesting and
potentially useful. I will create new pages that organize the Shire
material by Settings and Accompaniments. But I will keep the Shire A and
Shire B pages intact as a supplement to the newer information.
Therefore, the lists below will contain the Shire A phrase with
either a Pensive or