Learn In Dreams: The Breaking of the Fellowship

The songIn Dreams included in movie cover art The Lord of the Rings
Featured in The Breaking of the Fellowship, the song In Dreams was written by Fran Walsh and Howard Shore. Copyright 2001, this beautiful piece is in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Shore composed the music in an emotional, operatic way, threading through the scores over 90 identified leitmotifs, which are categorized by the Middle-earth cultures to which they relate.

The music was performed primarily by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Voices, with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra contributing some of the early Moria music. A wide variety of instrumental and vocal soloists contributed to the scores as well. For more information on the film series, visit wikipedia.org


The Breaking of the Fellowship (feat. "In Dreams") - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


My junior high and high school students enjoy playing the piece, especially at recital time.
Play the song rather slow and flowing with 4/4 time signature.

  • Fran Walsh and Howard Shore (YouTube Piano Video)





  • Key of C: In Dreams



          C       Em       F     -   C
When the cold of winter comes
           F              G     C    -    G
Starless night will cover day
         C     Em        F       -     C
In the veiling of the sun
         Am             G
We will walk in bitter rain
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         Am 
But in dreams
       F - G      C - G
I can hear your name
          Am
And in dreams
              G    Am      
We will meet again

Instrumental Interlude:
C - Bb - C / Ab - Eb - Bb - Ab - Bb
C - Bb - C / Bb - Ab

Key Change:

          D       F#m       G   -   D
When the seas and mountains fall
         G  -  A           D   -   A
And we come,    to end of days
       D    F#m      G    -   D
In the dark I hear a call
             Bm
Calling me there,
            A
I will go there
            D
And back again



  • Key of D: In Dreams
         D        F#m     G    D/F#
When the cold of winter comes
          G          A    D   A
Starless night will cover day
         D      F#m    G    D/F#
In the veiling of the sun
         G        Bm/F# A/E  C/E
We will walk in bitter rain
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  Bm/D A/E Bm/F# A/E
But in dreams
      G     A   D  A
I can hear your name
 Bm/D        A/E Gmaj7
But in dreams
 Bm/F#   G   A    
We will meet again

Instrumental Interlude:
Bb/D F/C / Dsus4 D F / D
Bb/D C/E / 



          D       F#m       G   -   D/F#
When the seas and mountains fall
         G  -  A           D   -   A
And we come,    to end of days
       D    F#m      G    -   D/F#
In the dark I hear a call
            G Bm/F#
Calling me there,
            A/E
I will go there
            D
And back again

  • Chord Breakdown
D/AF# When the cold of
F#/AF# winter
G/BD comes,
D/F# starless
G/GB night will
A/EC cover
DAC#/F# day
C#/AC#E In the
D/AF# veiling
F#/AF# of the
G/BD sun
F#/AF#A we will
G/DB walk
F#/DB in bitter
E/C#E rain
E/GE
D/DB But in dreams
E/AC#
F#/BDF#
E/AC# I can
G/GBD hear
A/EC# your
DA/F# name
C#/E But in
D/BDF# dreams
E/AC#
G/BDF# we will
G/GBD meet
A/AC#E a
BF#G/BDF# gain
DF#A/D
FAC/A
F#/AD
DBb/FBb
CA/F
DGA/G
DF#A/D
FA/C
F#/AD
DBb/FBb
EC/GC When the
DA/F# seas and
F#A/F# mountains
GB/D fall and we
DG/GB come to
EA/EC# end of
DA/F# days
C#/A in the
D/AF# dark I
F#/AF# hear a
G/BD call
F#/ADA calling me
G/DB there
F#/DB I will go
EAE/E there and back
DA/F#D again
The Breaking of the Fellowship (feat. "In Dreams") - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
There's a key change in the song. Do you know how to modulate a whole step up? 
You can hear the change, usually almost towards the end for a dramatic finish.
Need some help with transposing? Check out Songrobot software for pc or mac.
Love the song!
All the best,







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