Nearing the door, Gandalf pulls Frodo aside, warning him that he will face peril from both outside and within the Fellowship. A tall figure passes close to Frodo and Gandalf as they speak, startling them, but the camera does not reveal the passer-by’s identity. Cor anglais, then strings, sing “The History of the Ring”, but the harmonic pattern is notably different. No longer does the line begin over a minor chord. Here, “History” begins on the raised fourth of an Ab major chord, then descends to a G minor harmonization. This allows the theme to begin in Lydian, but end in a minor mode. What seems fair might be foul.
BEST. SCORE. EVER.