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Oct 17 2019, 8:51pm

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Instruments in LotR...

There is an interesting reference in HoMe to the instruments played by the Vanyar, Noldor and Teleri respectively:

Vanyar - 'congregated harps'
Noldor - 'viols and instruments'
Teleri - 'pipes'

Speaking of musical instruments more generally, this discussion has brought the following paragraph from chapter 5 (The Steward and the King) of RotK to my mind.

Its just before the bit where Gandalf and Aragorn return to Minas Tirith from the Field of Cormallen for the coronation ceremony:

"All things were now made ready in the City; and there was great concourse of people, for the tidings had gone out into all the parts of Gondor...and from Dol Amroth came the harpers that harped most skilfully in all the land; and there were players upon viols and upon flutes and upon horns of silver, and clear-voiced singers from the vales of Lebennin...

'Behold the King!'

And in that moment all the trumpets were blown, and the King Elessar went forth and came to the barrier, and Hurin of the Keys thrust it back; and amid the music of harp and of viol and of flute and the singing of clear voices the King passed through the flower-laden streets.

The sense I'm getting from the Lotronprime casting calls is that there, perhaps, might be a similar kind of festivity or grand celebration going on, which would warrant so many musicians being required in the background (and all the circus stuff too, like the need for "jugglers").

Although I must admit, the precise reason why one of the casting agencies is searching for, "46 to 411 (foot high) Musicians" in particular currently eludes me. Why must they be diminutive minstrels, harpists/ flute-players/violists, as opposed to tall ones? Are they 'performing' for the tall folk?

(This post was edited by Althoun on Oct 17 2019, 8:56pm)

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