7 Drums In The Deep

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fel­low­ship Of The Ring

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Greatest middle-earth moments -

We’ve just dis­cov­ered that the Dwarves of Mo­ria were over­run by Orcs and mas­sa­cred, and so nat­u­rally Pip­pin chooses this mo­ment to ac­ci­den­tally knock the skele­tal re­mains of one of th­ese dead guys down a well, thus alert­ing the Orcs to their pres­ence. The ge­nius lies in the way the noises go on and on as it falls – how deep is that bloody well, any­way? – thus height­en­ing the ten­sion to un­bear­able lev­els. And then we hear the chill­ing re­sponse: the dull, mourn­ful thump of a drum, down deep in the bow­els of the world... and all the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and scream.

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