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The Old Walking Song


Feb 19 2013, 11:18pm

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In the FOTR Complete Recordings track seven is the song "Keep It Secret Keep It Safe" and the part comes in where Bilbo is singing "The Road Goes Ever On", I'd never heard him sing the first 4 verses before, in the movie he only sings the first 2 and then the sound trails away. so when I first heard it, it struck me as a scottish sounding tune, then I thought about how the dwarves could be considered scottish or at least scottish inspired, some of the dwarven songs in the hobbit soundtrack has a very scottish feel to them and Balin and Gimli are always calling everyone "Laddie". So it got me thinking that The old walking song was dwarven inspired i wonder if that was on purpose or what


Feb 24 2013, 11:55am

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could be... [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't have the CR so I've never heard more than the bits that Gandalf and Bilbo sing. Music geek time: that scale with the flatted 7th degree (the Mixolydian mode) is heard in songs from all over but seems to be particularly associated with Scotland. While Tolkien's dwarves seem to come from Norse traditions and have a language based on Hebrew, movie-dwarves certainly seem Scottish.

Slightly off-topic: I have great memories of my (then 5-yr.-old) son sitting before the woodstove as I sipped a mug of porter. He did a pretty good imitation of Gimli's "Rrroarring fires! Malt beeerrr! Rrripe meat off the bone!" (but an octave higher).


Feb 24 2013, 1:51pm

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...Germanic for the Dwarves, I'd guess.


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