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Home is behind you.. The world is ahead.

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Jul 9 2013, 9:10pm

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Home is behind you.. The world is ahead. Can't Post

Maybe I'm imagining it, but straight from the first time I watched AUJ when Gandalf says his line, "You're going to have to do without pocket handkerchiefs.... home is behind you... the world is ahead" The FIRST thing that came into m mind was Billy Boyd's melody "Home is behind, the world ahead... and there are many paths to tread. etc etc" This same melody was played in AUJ when Gandaf said that line... was it that melody though? Was the melody just a rendition of Misty Mountains Cold? Was it just coincidence?

What do you think? Would you agree or am I just imagining it?

Take a listen for it yourself! 40 minutes in I'd say.

Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien.
Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn' Ambar-metta!

The Shire

Jul 9 2013, 9:52pm

Post #2 of 6 (331 views)
Actually [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm pretty sure it's just the Misty Mountains theme but they sound alarmingly similar now that I sing both in my head!


Jul 9 2013, 10:28pm

Post #3 of 6 (301 views)
The poem itself is in FotR (book). [In reply to] Can't Post

It's a "walking song" that Frodo, Pippin, and Sam were singing just before encountering the Black Riders for the first time. It's really a very cheerful song, quite a different emphasis from the mournful ballad that Pipping sang in the movie. You may find the full text here.


Jul 9 2013, 10:57pm

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Welcome StruanWatson! [In reply to] Can't Post

I had the same thought myself! I like the motif, especially since it is so Hobbit-centric, of finding a larger world. Angelic

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Jul 10 2013, 12:03am

Post #5 of 6 (242 views)
I think the melodies are different. [In reply to] Can't Post

I haven't extensively compared/analyzed Billy Boyd's singing bit with AUJ's score, but I don't recall "The Edge of Night" directly appearing in AUJ's soundtrack.

That being said, I'm sure the line "home is behind you, the world is ahead" is an intentional nod to the line from ROTK. It helps provide a thematic connection between the adventures of the various Hobbits.

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Tol Eressea

Jul 10 2013, 6:21am

Post #6 of 6 (225 views)
Use Well the Days... [In reply to] Can't Post

The lyrics from verse 2:

Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.

were used for Annie Lennox's "Use Well the Days" which was planned for RotK, but dropped in favour of "Into the West". However you can definitely hear a livelier version of the melody from the former song in the "World is ahead" track (I believe that is what FrogmortonJustice I referring to in his post below.)


"Choosing Trust over Doubt gets me burned once in a while, but I'd rather be singed than hardened."
¯ Victoria Monfort

(This post was edited by Eleniel on Jul 10 2013, 6:21am)


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