THE PLAYFUL SETTING of the Shire/Hobbit
Theme is light hearted, almost comical.. When Doug Adams writes,
"This is the most physical of the hobbit themes,
backing the comical pair with jaunty, dance-like
rhythms." (Doug Adams,
CR-TTT liner notes, page 10)
it's clear this music was created for Merry and
Pippin. It is lighthearted in similar ways as the
Setting of the Shire/Hobbit Theme and accompanies scenes that show
a playful respite from the more serious events surrounding them. It
is often followed by the
Hobbits' Antics, a Hobbit
accompaniment based on the
Hobbit End Cap.
HOBBITS AT PLAY - This is a
category of my own where I take a closer look at a series
of scenes with similar musical settings involving Merry and
Pippin (and Sméagol and Déagol)
setting is heard in TTT:
When, after awakening from his sleep in
Wellinghall a startled Merry realizes that Pippin is taller. Their contentious interchange is delightfully childlike.
(EE scene) There's a short bit of Playful Setting then a little
'bump, bump' that is either an End Cap or
Hobbits' Antics. (the
liner notes and annotated score disagree slightly. Either one is
mistaken or Doug is using the term interchangeably here. I think
it's the later.) The Playful Setting picks up again as Merry
realizes that Pippin is 'taller'. The
Hobbits' Antics begin as
Pippin chides Merry, "You're what?... 3 foot 6 at the most?"
When a hungry Pippin spies an apple floating
in the floods of Isengard and looks up to see if it fell from
the sky. Merry and he follow the trail of floating apples. The
Hobbits' Antics pick up as the wander into the storeroom full of
food and smoke. (EE scene)
When, in that storeroom, Merry and
Pippin decide perhaps they shouldn't share the South Farthing Leaf with
Treebeard. (EE scene)
setting is heard in ROTK:
A variant of Hobbits'
Antics is heard while
Déagol and Sméagol
are fishing. This music also bears some similarity to the
Rural Setting and/or Playful
Shire music, especially the first three notes, the folky nature of the piece, the accompaniments used. It's strayed
far enough that I hesitate to call it a variant, (in fact Adams
calls it Hobbit music of a 'different breed' in the
AS-ROTK) but I certainly
think this was built on the Shire/Hobbit music.
See note below.
instances of Hobbits'
Antics not combined with the Playful
Setting can be found on the
Hobbit Accompaniment page)