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my Hobbit Music

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Jul 22 2010, 4:17am

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I have started posting my musical compositions to go along with the songs and poems in The Hobbit and LoTR at:


I hope you enjoy them. I have many more still to add. And over time I will try to make them more iPod-worthy.

With best wishes,


Leviathan's Bane

Jul 22 2010, 6:28pm

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I don't have enough time right now to sit down and put the words to the melody, but I enjoyed what I've heard so far. They sound a lot less corny than all the audio-book versions I've heard! CrazyWink

I recently tried setting a few FOTR poems to some celtic jigs I knew on the guitar, but I never really succeeded in nailing down the tempo and meter of the poem. Are these all original compositions, or are some pre-existing folk melodies? I look forward to the "iPod worthy" tracks.

"So knights are mythical!" said the younger and less experienced dragons. "We always thought so."

- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Farmer Giles of Ham"

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Jul 23 2010, 3:31am

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Re: *rushes to get a copy of the Hobbit* [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi Leviathan's Bane,

Thanks for the encouragement!

The tunes "Down the Swift Dark Stream You Go" and "Lazy Lob and Crazy Cob" are basically pre-existing folk melodies, and "Gil-galad was an Elven King" is modified from a medieval tune, but the others are original compositions.

Yes, I listened to Donald Swann and some audio clips of the Tolkien Ensemble, but they didn't sound quite right to me. Then after hearing Tolkien on The Tolkien Audio Collection sing The Troll Song to the folk melody The Fox and the Hound (which I hope to add to my site soon), I tried searching through pre-existing folk melodies for matches to his meters. No luck that way, except in one case (possibly). So I began listening to alot of traditional Irish music, medieval music and Gregorian Chant (I recommend Anonymous 4), until it began to pour back out. So some of my compositions use elements that are common in those types of music, but to fit Tolkien's meters and mood I've developed the tunes myself.

Though I am under the suspicion that Tolkien did have specific traditional folk melodies in mind for many of his poems, given their quite varied meters and irregular stanza endings. So if you know of a traditional tune that sounds somewhat like what I've written, please let me know! That might be the tune Tolkien really had in mind.

Good luck with you celtic jigs! I agree it is the style he was thinking of in most cases.

With best regards,



Jul 25 2010, 3:14am

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These are great!!
I particularly love the The Chip the Glasses and the Gil-galad was an Elven King, of course they are all great!
Thanks for posting!!


'Help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise falter.'


"Yet in that hour was put to the proof that which Mithrandir had spoken, and help came from the hands of the weak when the Wise faltered."

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Aug 18 2010, 3:06am

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Hi Aranel,

Thank you for letting me know which of the songs you like. That helps me to know where to put my effort.

All the best,



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