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Songs about Middle-earth

dreamflower
Lorien

Jun 23 2017, 10:47pm

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Here's a list of some of my favorite songs about Middle-earth; some of them are from the soundtrack of the films or from the LOTR musical; others are settings by various individual artists. I always enjoy listening to any of these songs. This list does not have any instrumentals, just songs with lyrics.

1. The Last Good-bye (Billy Boyd): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4j_kCQ4f2Q
2. Now and For Always (LOTR: The Musical): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvqq6_Lq9sg
3. Hobbit Drinking Medley (Peter Hollens and Hank Green): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUKjJn0rOec
4. Into the West (Annie Lennox): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shdiTRxTJb4
5. Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold, Extended Cover (Clamavi de Profundis): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8ymgFyzbDo
6. All That is Gold (Brooks Williams): https://www.youtube.com/...HdmWIXJco​
7. Bilbo's Last Song (BBC radio production Lotr): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO4aaiftLuA
8. The Song of Durin (Clamavi de Profundis): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxfoa23skHg
9. Evening Star (The Fellowship): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8limpHGeAM
10. In Dreams (Peter Hollens): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyY3Op47Uto
11. Children's Song in Dale (Broceliande, The Starlit Jewel): https://www.youtube.com/...ccNRIOCQcUEwEhtoNZ4P
12. The Greatest Adventure (Glenn Yarborough): https://www.youtube.com/...BL6OaYV_KXYOLfSd0eUQ
13. The Stone Troll (The Hobbitons): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gMF0fCZ1XQ
14. When Spring Unfolds (Broceliande: The Starlit Jewel): https://www.youtube.com/...ccNRIOCQcUEwEhtoNZ4P
15. Galadriel's Lament (Broceliande: The Starlit Jewel): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IeAt0sDAME
16. Oliphaunt (The Tolkien Ensemble): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftowZDdpDeg
17. Beware the Wolf (The Fellowship: from In Elven Lands): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjiuFe99PA0
19. Hymn to Elbereth (The Fellowship: from In Elven Lands): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFHl0IDG8Dg


These following two are on the list because I love the melodies Donald Swann used for them (which were approved by Tolkien himself), but I don't really like the operatic style of this singer. I think a lighter, more folksy singer would suit them more. Unfortunately, so far as I can tell, no one else has ever covered them. Or if they have I can't find them on the internet. I'd love to see someone cover these songs and others from "The Road Goes Ever On".

I Sit Beside the Fire and Think (Setting, Donald Swann): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRwophzlaoY
In Western Lands (Setting, Donald Swann): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umkryJnFeyI

What are some of your favorite songs about Middle-earth? Whether Tolkien's own words set to original music, or simply songs inspired by the story?

Some people call it fanfiction. I call it story-internal literary criticism.

(This post was edited by dernwyn on Jun 23 2017, 11:28pm)


dernwyn
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Jun 23 2017, 11:32pm

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That's quite a collection! [In reply to] Can't Post

I hadn't known about many of those - thank you, I'll have to give them all a listen!







(I made some edits to your post, making the links clickable and removing some garbage code that had gotten into it. Smile)


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dreamflower
Lorien

Jun 23 2017, 11:59pm

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Thank you! [In reply to] Can't Post

I tried to edit it myself, but for every bit of odd code I deleted, several more of the same one appeared! Then it told me I had waited too long!

I appreciate it! Code hates me, and formatting drives me nuts.

I hope you enjoy the songs!

Some people call it fanfiction. I call it story-internal literary criticism.


sevilodorf
Grey Havens


Jun 24 2017, 12:08am

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Just because of Leonard Nimoy ... Ballad of Bilbo.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Not really good at making links but both are goggleable...

Ballad of Bilbo Baggins... Leonard Nimoy

and one that made me sit through the credits--

I See Fire Ed Sheeran

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sevilodorf
Grey Havens


Jun 24 2017, 12:08am

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Yes Fantastic list// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Fourth Age Adventures at the Inn of the Burping Troll http://burpingtroll.com
Home of TheOneRing.net Best FanFic stories of 2005 and 2006 "The Last Grey Ship" and "Ashes, East Wind, Hope That Rises" by Erin Rua

(Found in Mathoms, LOTR Tales Untold)




dreamflower
Lorien

Jun 24 2017, 12:17am

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Oh yes! [In reply to] Can't Post

"The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" is so much FUN! Plus, the geek value of Spock singing about Tolkien. Though it is kind of amusing to see him grinning amidst all those go-go girls.

I enjoyed "I See Fire" very much, but I had to cut the list off somewhere! But it's a wonderful counterpoint to the Dwarven version at Bag End.

I'm hoping to see some new ones in the comments that I've never found before.

Some people call it fanfiction. I call it story-internal literary criticism.


Ithilisa
Bree

Jun 24 2017, 12:58am

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Wonderful list! Thanks for posting it. [In reply to] Can't Post

Yu have some great songs on there. I also haven't heard some of those, thank you for the introduction to new ones.

I really like LOTR: The Musical. "Now and Always" is a good song. I also really like "The Cat and the Moon" and "Finale."

Another one I really like is also called "Song of Durin" (though different lyrics) by Eurielle ( https://youtu.be/t0Rm9XX8dXE )

"I name you Elf-friend; and may the stars shine upon the end of your road!" - Gildor

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."- Thorin


dreamflower
Lorien

Jun 24 2017, 2:08am

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Thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

I will check out the one by Eurielle!

I love all the cast recording of the LOTR musical--"Cat and Moon" is so much fun, and the "Finale" is rousing!

I also love "The Road Goes On" (even though the line about churning a goat into cream always makes me chuckle) and "Lothlorien" and "Hope".

Some people call it fanfiction. I call it story-internal literary criticism.


Ithilisa
Bree

Jun 24 2017, 5:40am

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"Road Goes On" is a great one too. [In reply to] Can't Post

Definitely a good one as well. I listen ti that and "Cat and the Moon" a lot. Great upbeat songs.

"I name you Elf-friend; and may the stars shine upon the end of your road!" - Gildor

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."- Thorin


joec_34
Rivendell


Jul 17 2017, 6:23pm

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Led Zeppelin [In reply to] Can't Post

I enjoy Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Ramble On".

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N.E. Brigand
Half-elven


Jul 17 2017, 11:31pm

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You might like David Bratman's 2010 essay. [In reply to] Can't Post

It's called "Liquid Tolkien" (borrowed from Ellen Kushner's description of Sibelius's music) and is probably the best chapter in Brad Eden's Middle-earth Minstrel collection. I saw Bratman present a modified version a few years earlier, which he interspersed with numerous examples of the music he was describing.

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