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Flight To The Ford (soundtrack)

The Fellowship of the Ring - Original Soundtrack
  1. The Prophecy
  2. Concerning Hobbits
  3. The Shadow Of The Past
  4. The Treason Of Isengard
  5. The Black Rider
  6. At The Sign Of The Prancing Pony
  7. A Knife In The Dark
  8. Flight To The Ford
  9. Many Meetings
  10. The Council of Elrond
  11. The Ring Goes South
  12. A Journey In The Dark
  13. The Bridge Of Khazad Dum
  14. Lothlorien
  15. The Great River
  16. Amon Hen
  17. The Breaking of the Fellowship
  18. May It Be

Flight To The Ford is the eighth track of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Howard Shore. It is played during the escape of Arwen and Frodo to the Fords of Rivendell.

It begins with a soft female voice singing, accompanied by other female voices. The pattern is slow, tender, but also dignified, signifying Arwen's theme (played only three times in the entire film). As the strings and brass take over, the theme begins to quicken, and the distant sounds of a harp are heard. It begins to sound like the pre-Merry Meetings theme, with its strings in the background and solo clarinet. The strings begin to play more loudly, but still slowly, when suddenly the music breaks into a theme of suspense and danger, with high strings and low brass, and the ever-sinister gong. The approach of the Black Rider theme is felt, as the mid-brass slowly climbs higher and higher. The beat is now loud and steady, and, as always the Black Rider theme comes in suddenly, and loudly with chorus. It soon ends in a fortissimo of trumpets vying for dominance. A single trumpet rises above the confusion as the others fade out, playing a distinct theme. The gong smashes again, and the strings play a single low note quickly and vibrato. Arwen's theme comes in again for the second time, but it begins on strings, and when the vocals come in they are hardly noticeable. The theme closes.