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two new song parodies.

Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens


Oct 1 2012, 3:40am

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These next couple of song parody lyrics are based on songs from Les Miserables, the stage musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's eponymous novel.
Coincidentally, a film adaptation of the musical is coming out the same month as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

These parodies are intended as part of my ongoing project, Les MORDORserables, a collection of parodies of songs from Les Miserables as a fresh way of creatively retelling LOTR and in some ways to give homage to PJ's adaptation. I happen to be a fan the music of Les Mis as well as Tolkien's works about Middle Earth, and PJ's LOTR adaptation, and this project is aimed at both fanbases, especially where they intersect.

I've posted other lyrics from that project previously, One Day Mordor (One Day More), Calas Galedhon (Castle on a Cloud), and At the End of an Age (At the End of the Day).

Of these two new ones, the first one that I call All You Have to Decide is based on Stars, the number sung by the Les Mis character Inspector Javert, wherein he swears by the stars he will apprehend the main protagonist Jean Valjean. Here, it becomes Gandalf's prescient response to Frodo's spoken wish that the Ring had never come to him, and to Frodo's stated preference, at the time, that Bilbo had slain Gollum when he had the chance.


GANDALF (to Frodo)

There
Out in the darkness
A creature is crawling
Fallen from grace
Fallen from grace
Frodo, bear witness:
He's drawn to the Ring
Till you come face to face,

Till you come face to face.
He has no choice, he is lost,
But you have the choice to decide
What to do with the time that you have,
With the time you're supplied,

And maybe pity will stay your hand,
Put blade aside . . . .

Death,
'Tis a certitude.
Jump not to judgment
On who may deserve it.
If Gollum had died,
Our ends may differ now,
We cannot be sure
What's in store down the line,

What's in store down the line.
My heart tells me, in time,
There’s a part he will play
Ere the end, but for good or for ill,
Not the wisest can say.

Maybe the pity of Bilbo will rule
The One Ring's fate.

So it may be,
And may be written
In the Red Book of Westmarch,
That when pity stayed Bilbo's hand
Our fate was marked.

Frodo you'll find him
And you'll be faced with
Your turn to take sides,
What to do with
The time you're supplied,
That's your time to decide!

This next one, The Road Goes Ever On, is based on . Do You Hear the People Sing , the rallying number led by the student revolutionary leader Enjolras. Here it becomes the Hobbits' walking song.


(The FOUR HOBBITS are walking)

FRODO

How the Road goes ever on
Down from the door where it began!
Now far ahead the road has gone and I
Must follow if I can.
I pursue with weary feet
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
Whither? Cannot say.

PIPPIN

Now our home, it stays behind and
Wilder world, it lies ahead
Through shadows in the night
Are many paths we have to tread
Through twilight and mist that will fade all away...

MERRY

Then to bed!

ALL

How the Road goes ever on
Down from the door where it began!
Now far ahead the road has gone and I
Must follow if I can.
I pursue with weary feet
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
Whither? Cannot say.

SAM

Round the corner there may wait
And though we pass them by today,
A new door or secret gate,
Tomorrow we may come this way.
The sand and the stone and the pool and the dell ....

FRODO and MERRY join in

... Fare you well!

ALL

How the Road goes ever on
Down from the door where it began!
Now far ahead the road has gone and I
Must follow if I can.
I pursue with weary feet
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
Whither? Cannot say!!!



So, should this project become a stage musical, along the same vein as Fellowship! but more serious/heartfelt, orchestral accompaniment, professional Broadway performers and all that? Or would it feel redundant, in light of the LOTR stage musical that ran in Toronto and London? Would either Les Mis or LOTR fans be turned off by this parody? Feedback please.

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Nightingale
Rohan


Oct 1 2012, 5:42pm

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Well, I'm in favour [In reply to] Can't Post

although 'The Road Goes Ever On' is now very dramatic. Laugh


"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me" - C. S. Lewis

"That line between the earth and sky came beckoning to me..." - Laurie's Song


Ring-Bearer
Rivendell


Oct 3 2012, 2:38am

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Very nice! [In reply to] Can't Post

The lyrics are beautiful, especially those of 'The Road Goes Ever On'. Wonderful job putting together which characters sing which lyrics, quite true to the book. Gandalf's song is really touching as well. Keep up the great work!

'I will take it! I will take the Ring to Mordor- though, I do not know the way...'
'I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you!'


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Oct 4 2012, 1:02am

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Les Mor! What a wonderful collection you're building :D [In reply to] Can't Post

You do a great job of evoking the thoughts and emotions of the characters and what is going on. I have to say that The Road Goes Ever On poems are my favourites. Without seeming maudlin, I'm having part of it put into a bronze or metal plaque to eventually be put at my final resting place :) I love how you brought all the hobbits in together :) WELL DONE!

Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate;
And though I oft have passed them by,

A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.



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I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.



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Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens


Oct 9 2012, 12:18pm

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Thank you :-) [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm glad you thought so. I'm working on more that I hope you'll enjoy as well.

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Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens


Oct 9 2012, 12:22pm

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Thank you gramma :-) [In reply to] Can't Post

I try to stay true the characters and their situations, so your compliment means a lot.

I agree, those are lovely poems / songs. Well chosen.

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Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens


Oct 9 2012, 12:26pm

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hahaha! [In reply to] Can't Post

*chuckle* now that you mention it, if it were done like in Les Mis then yeah, way more dramatic. Now I'm picturing Frodo belting operatically, on one knee draped in the French flag....!!Laugh

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