The Black Gate Is Closed
Howard Shore Lyrics

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Overall Meaning

As the title suggests, “The Black Gate is Closed” is an instrumental piece that serves as a reflection of the events that have just taken place in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The Black Gate represents the gate to Mordor – the ultimate destination where the fate of Middle Earth will be decided.

The piece opens up with a solemn and somber melody that evokes a sense of loss and sadness. As the piece progresses, the music intensifies, with the use of drums, brass, and strings, signifying a sense of urgency and determination. The repeated musical patterns create a sense of anticipation, as if the gates are closing in on the characters.

As the music reaches its climax, a bombastic motif is introduced, representing the final showdown between good and evil. The use of the choir adds a spiritual element to the piece, representing the valiant efforts of the characters who are fighting for the greater good.

Overall, “The Black Gate is Closed” is a powerful piece of music that beautifully captures the emotions of the characters and the weight of their actions.

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