The Breaking of the Fellowship
Howard Shore Lyrics


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When the cold of winter comes
Starless night will cover day
In the veiling of the sun
We will walk in bitter rain

But in dreams
I can hear your name
And in dreams
We will meet again

When the seas and mountains fall
And we come, to end of days
In the dark I hear a call
Calling me there,




I will go there
And back again

Overall Meaning

The Breaking of the Fellowship is a poignant song from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack composed by Howard Shore. The first stanza of the song deals with the harsh realities of winter, symbolizing a bleak and hopeless situation. It talks about how the starless night will cover the day, and the sun will be veiled, implying that the fear and darkness have taken over. The lyrics hint at a separation and a difficult journey ahead. The journey will be long, and the group may have to face rain and cold weather. The lyrics also suggest that even in these trying times, the singer finds solace in dreams. The dreams enable the singer to remember the people in their life and bring back some hope, and they know they will meet them again someday.


The second stanza of the song shows a sense of urgency in the singer's emotions, stating that the mountains will fall, and the seas will rise, symbolizing the end times. And in the dark, the singer hears the call, implying their fate. The words "calling me there, I will go there, and back again" hold deep meaning to the story, as it reflects the Hobbit tradition where they "go there and back again." This line is a callback to the entire series, implying that the singer is resolute in fulfilling their fate, wherever it takes them. The Breaking of the Fellowship is a powerful song that delivers strong emotions through its lyrics and music; the song is an epitome of the heart-wrenching moment from the story where the fellowship splits apart.


Line by Line Meaning

When the cold of winter comes
As the icy grip of winter descends upon us


Starless night will cover day
The darkness will envelop us, blotting out any light


In the veiling of the sun
As the sun is hidden behind the clouds


We will walk in bitter rain
We will trudge through the cold, unrelenting downpour of the winter rain


But in dreams
Despite the harsh reality we face, in our dreams


I can hear your name
We still hold onto the memory and essence of those we love


And in dreams
We can still be connected beyond the physical realm


We will meet again
We will be reunited once more


When the seas and mountains fall
Even in the face of the destruction of the natural world


And we come, to end of days
As we near the end of our mortal lives


In the dark I hear a call
In the depths of despair and loneliness, we yearn for a connection


Calling me there,
A voice beckons us to a place where we can find peace and solace


I will go there
We will willingly go towards that light, towards that promise of comfort and consolation


And back again
And even if we have to make that journey alone, we know that we will eventually return to the place where all is whole and complete.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: HOWARD SHORE, FRANCES ROSEMARY WALSH

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@a-mellowtea

Frodo stands on the bank of the Anduin, the Ring in his outstretched hand, tears streaming down his face.

Frodo: "I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened."

Gandalf (flashback): "So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you."

Upon remembering Gandalf's words, Frodo's expression becomes one of determination. He closes his fist around the Ring and puts it in the breast pocket of his coat. He strides forward, shoving one of the Elven canoes off the shore into the water, climbing in. Sam appears on the bank and splashes in knee-deep, seeing Frodo paddling away.

Sam: "Frodo, no! Frodo! Mr. Frodo!"

Frodo continues paddling without looking back.

Frodo: "No, Sam."

Sam, undeterred, continues to wade into the river after Frodo. Finally, Frodo pauses and turns.

Frodo: "Go back Sam! I'm going to Mordor alone."

Sam: "Of course you are! And I'm comin' with you!"

Frodo watches Sam struggle into deeper water for a moment.

Frodo: "You can't swim! Sam!"

Still unrelenting, Sam attempts to swim as the bottom of the river drops out from underneath him. He manages to keep his head up for a few brief seconds before submerging as the weight of his wet gear pulls him down. Frodo clutches the edge of the boat, staring in horror as his friend disappears beneath the surface.

Frodo: "SAM!"

Sam sinks deeper and deeper into the water, struggling to swim back up. He sees the sun shimmering up on the surface. His arms float lifeless in the water. Suddenly Frodo’s hand reaches down and grabs Sam’s wrist. Sam tightens his hand around Frodo’s and is pulled out of the water. Sam tumbles into the boat, drenched. Frodo stares at him with tears in his eyes. Sam, dripping wet, looks back.

Sam: I made a promise, Mr. Frodo! A promise! “Don’t you leave him, Samwise Gamgee.” And I don’t mean to! I don’t mean to...

Sam begins to weep.

Frodo: Oh, Sam!

He embraces Sam and they give each other a tight hug.

Frodo: Come on.

Sam grabs an oar and they paddle towards the eastern shore. 

Boromir is laid to rest in one of the other boats. His sword rests with him, his shield is above his head and his cloven horn at his side. The boat slips over the falls of Rauros and then drops into the mists below. Gimli watches the boat disappear from the bank. Aragorn ties Boromir’s vambraces to his arms, in his honor. Legolas hurriedly shoves the third boat into the water.

Legolas: Hurry! Frodo and Sam have reached the eastern shore.

Aragorn stands still, looking towards the shore on the other side, seeing the two Hobbits running into the forest. He says nothing but sighs. Legolas stares at him, suddenly understanding.

Legolas: You mean not to follow them.

Aragorn: Frodo’s fate is no longer in our hands.

Gimli wanders over, an expression of defeat on his face.

Gimli: Then it has all been in vain. The Fellowship has failed.

Legolas and Gimli walk up to Aragorn, who puts his hands on their shoulders.

Aragorn: Not if we hold true to each other. We will not abandon Merry and Pippin to torment and death. Not while we have strength left. Leave all that can be spared behind. We travel light. Let us hunt some Orc.

Aragorn turns and picks up a dagger from the ground, sheathing it. Then he runs off into the forest. Legolas and Gimli look at each other, the latter grinning.

Gimli: Yes! Haha! 

They run after Aragorn.

Frodo and Sam stand upon Emyn Muil, seeing the Dead Marshes and Mordor - the clouds above glowing a fierce, fiery orange - in the distance.

Frodo: Mordor. I hope the others find a safer route. 

Sam: Strider will look after them.

Frodo: I don’t suppose we’ll ever see them again.

Sam: We may yet, Mr. Frodo. We may.

Frodo turns to Sam, smiling

Frodo: Sam...I’m glad you’re with me. 

Frodo and Sam descend the rocky slope. Scene fades out

END CREDITS



@TheLegoStarwars

It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo.
The ones that really mattered.
Full of darkness and danger they were,
and sometimes you didn't want to know the end.
Because how could the end be happy.
How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened.
But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow.
Even darkness must pass.
A new day will come.
And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.
Those were the stories that stayed with you.
That meant something.
Even if you were too small to understand why.
But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand.
I know now.
Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t.
Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo : What are we holding on to, Sam?

Sam : That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.



@petrusdeandrade1108

Here are the lyrics =)

When the cold of winter comes
Starless night will cover day
In the veiling of the sun
We will walk in bitter rain

But in dreams
I can hear your name
And in dreams
We will meet again

When the seas and mountains fall
And we come, to end of days
In the dark I hear a call
Calling me there,
I will go there
And back again



@thebel89

"When the cold of winter comes
Starless night will cover day
In the veiling of the sun
We will walk in bitter rain

But in dreams
I can hear your name
And in dreams
We will meet again

When the seas and mountains fall
And we come, to end of days
In the dark I hear a call
Calling me there,
I will go there
And back again"



@chewingmania

Am I alone in this.

I am happy, have a great life so far, however when listening to this masterpiece I want escape it all. Travel far beyond anyone's reach and immerse myself in a fictional world, one which I can never wake up from, where I am at piece, bliss and found what I have been searching for all my life. It makes me feel like I am sitting by a roaring fire, cosy, warm and in reminiscent of all the adventures.

I can't put a finger on it, but one day I hope I am as content as this song makes me desire. I hope I can look back and be proud of my adventures and how life has turned out.

As for you all, I wish the same.

This doesn't have to be a dream, it can be a way of life.



@calelfo

When the cold of winter comes
Starless night will cover day
In the veiling of the sun
We will walk in bitter rain

But in dreams
I can hear your name
And in dreams
We will meet again

When the seas and mountains fall
And we come, to end of days
In the dark I hear a call
Calling me there,
I will go there
And back again



All comments from YouTube:

@LeoUchiha812

After finishing these movies, I felt sad. Like I just finished a great adventure, and had to go back to the boring day-to-day with only memories of the excitement I just went through.

@JonnyCook

Felt the same way.

@katiet.4315

Growing up, my parents read these to me. It took years and at the end, I truly felt as though I had lost many friends. 😢

@tkratz96

Most people that experience real "adventures" wish for a "boring" normal life. So be ambitious and look for tasks to solve, don't wait for problems to come around the corner.

@justgamer3817

+Rakanadyo I nerd out so hard over LOTR and the Hobbits!.....

@vincentrockss

+Rakanadyo I swear to you that everytime I watch the 3 movies i tear up at the end, everytime.

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@thetopherhaslanded

The greatest story ever told.

@jonestergaming7004

But in time its only a passing thing.. this shadow, i did that for a monologue in drama class once, it was awsome!

@thatwildwolf192

was that a Doctor Who reference? If so, then yes, I totally agree! If it wasn't then well... I agree nonetheless :D

@Maximilian2808

"There are no happy endings because nothing ends!" - Last Unicorn, less "Kitsch" than LOTR! :P

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