Major Shire Variants:
The White Tree
Into The West
Merry and Pippin
One of the things that make Shore's score so rich is that, not satisfied with almost two dozen major themes that are repeated and developed, he constantly throws in great material which he feels free to use once and then throw away. Imagine having so many good ideas to spare! Here are just a few examples out of many:
||Dwarrowdelf — this theme is so magnificent that I wish Jackson would make an entire movie about Moria just so I could hear Shore develop this music. What a shame to hear it only once!
||The Fellowship grieves for Gandalf — one of several dramatic scenes when Jackson brings the soundtrack down and lets the music carry the moment (another is the suicide attack on Osgiliath).
||Aragorn and Arwen — for some reason, Shore does not use a single love theme for Aragorn and Arwen's encounters, but writes new music for each one. (see Arwen for more on this.) This theme is from their first meeting, in "Fellowship".
||On the river — the Fellowship set out on the river Anduin after their visit to Lothlorien. A reader wrote me to point out that the little trumpet flourishes in this passage recall the Fellowship theme, and I agree with him that this is deliberate on Shore's part.
||"Well, I'm back" — Sam returns home in the last scene of the movie.