The Steward of Gondor
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Scored and produced by Oscar & Grammy-winning composer, Howard Shore, The Steward of Gondor does not only show Shore's brilliance, but also the hidden musical talent of actor, Billy Boyd. The song is part of the music in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King, particularly in the heartbreaking scene, 'The Sacrifice of Faramir'.

In this scene, Faramir went on a suicide mission, going back to the besieged Osgiliath, to proove his worth to his father, the Steward Denethor. While Faramir is fighting and risking his life, Denethor remained inside his great hall, enjoying the luxury of lavish gourmet and entertainment, even as he was consciously aware of his son's mortal danger. He then requested Pippin to sing a song for him, and after a short hesitation, the young hobbit sang this haunting and harrowing song.

In my personal opinion, this scene and song is a very significant point of change for Pippin. The young careless hobbit had always been protected in his own safe and happy world. However, as he watched Denethor making Faramir go, he realizes that Middle Earth was in such a state that he no longer could live just inside his safely protected world. It was this point that Pippin the young shireling became Pippin, The Guard of the Citadel, much wiser and more mature, one that will eventually proof his worth by saving Faramir's life and fighting the Dark forces alongside his friends.

The song itself is beautifully incorporated into the movie by Peter Jackson. Scenes of Faramir's sacrifice is shown in stark contrast with Denethor's petty luxury of such lavish food, and Pippin's sorrow of witnessing what's happening between the two. All of these blend together perfectly, making the song and scene not only beautiful, eerie, and hollow, but also significant for Pippin, Faramir, and Denethor.

Home is behind
The world ahead
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadow
To the edge of night
Until the stars are all alight
Mist and shadow
Cloud and shade
All shall fade
All shall fade

Note: Although the melody was written by Billy Boyd and Howard Shore, the lyrics to the song is written by JRR Tolkien himself. It is part of a poem/song in The Fellowship of the Ring book, chapter "Three Is Company", as Frodo, Sam, and Pippin journeyed from Hobbiton to Buckland.

Home is behind, the world ahead,
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadows to the edge of night,
Until the stars are all alight.
Then world behind and home ahead,
We'll wander back to home and bed.
Mist and twilight, cloud and shade,
Away shall fade! Away shall fade!
Fire and lamp, and meat and bread,
And then to bed! And then to bed!

Source: Tolkien, JRR. "Three Is Company" in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (film tie-in edition). London: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2002. Page 103.