A Knife In The Dark (soundtrack)

From Tolkien Gateway
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

A Knife In The Dark is the seventh track of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Howard Shore. It is played during the period of time during the Ambush at Weathertop.

The track begins with hinting at the Black Rider theme, with slow, low brass notes that quickly join all the brass in a quick Black Rider rhythm that begins to escalate. The chorus begins to sing the theme quietly, but they begin to crescendo as they expand the length of the chords. This grows for some time, until by a minute into the track they are singing loudly and fully. The theme, reaching a high point, seems to die and fade away, ending in the recognizable long, low, sinister note on low brass. But suddenly the Isengard theme plays, with its trademark five/four rhythm. It goes through the full cycle before, at first quietly, a boy's choir begins to sing. It gradually grows louder and drowns out the Isengard theme. A boy soloist begins to sing the "Hope" theme, softly and beautifully, accompanied in the background by mid-range brass playing softly and regally. As his voice rises to the finish, the Isengard theme cuts back in, louder than before, with some variation on the original notes. This stops suddenly, with only reed and strings playing long, soft notes, and the piece ends.