A new video featuring a track from the upcoming Riders of Rohan expansion has been released by Turbine. This one is titled “Horse Lords of Norcrofts” and is of course by the ever-talented Chance Thomas.
From Chance Thomas,
“This is one of the music tracks which underscores mounted game play in the Norcrofts.
The Norcrofts is a complex part of the Eorlingas’ world. Here dwell some of the most powerful and loyal of the king’s men. Yet in dark contrast, players will find that intrigue and subterfuge are also afoot in this part of the horse realm. The music needs to reflect this dichotomy.
We begin this song with an unfettered exposition of the Norcofts loyal theme in the horns and trombones, joined later by the fiddle. In the Old English tongue, the choir sings heartily of loyal warriors, spears, shields, swords, etc.
But then comes a counter theme. Expounded boldly by a large horn section, it seems to announce its warning with gallant melancholy. When continued in the high strings and Bass Recorder it takes on an air of uneasiness and corruption, erasing loyalty from the senses. All the while the incessant tumbling of the riding rhythmic figure keeps things trotting (or galloping) along for the player.
Such is our dichotomy! And so while the stout and hearty Norcroft theme has a prominent place in the track, there is plenty of uncertainty interwoven through counter melodies and dissonant harmonies. Even at the end, there is no clear resolution as we drone to an inconclusive conclusion with only percussion and double basses trembling on the tonic.
As a side note, this track contains one of my favorite verses from Two Towers: “Where now are the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?”
The Old English translation is: “Hwaer nú cwom hors ond hererinc? Hwaer cwom herehorn blawende?”"