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Middle Earth Shanty-Filking

Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 2 2013, 10:19pm

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Rather than clogging the Tolkienia thread with unrelated nonsense, I'm starting a new thread for the filks I promised.

Here's one I'm calling Sailing Home to Numenor, based on Rollin' Down to Old Maui. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pla7nDYciI4

Once more we sail with the northerly gale
Through the ice and wind and rain.
But Meneltarma and Anduni-e
We soon shall see again.
Six hellish months we've passed away
On the icecold Northern Sea
But now we're bound from Arda's ground
Going home to Westerness-e.

Chorus:
Sailing home to Numenor, me boys
Sailing home to Numenor
We're homeward bound
From Arda's ground
Sailing home to Numenor

Now we cross wide seas on an easterly breeze
Towards our island home.
Our mainmast sprung, our searching done
And we've not got far to roam.
Our tops'l yard is carried away
What care we for that now?
A living gale is after us,
Thank Ulmo we're homeward bound.

Chorus

How soft the breeze through the island trees
Now the ice is far astern.
Our elv'n fair maids in grassy glades
Are awaiting our return.
E'en now their big grey eyes look out
Hoping some fine day to see
Our threadbare sails running 'fore the gales
As we steer for Westerness-e

Chorus x2


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


malickfan
Gondor


Sep 2 2013, 11:10pm

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Impressive and creative! [In reply to] Can't Post

Good job and catchy tune that fits with the narrative you have told, I'm terrible at this kind of thing so perhaps its unfair of me to judge, but I find it a little hard to believe a Numenorean would refer to his shipmates as 'me boys!' and even with their prowess as sailors it might get on the nerves a bit 'Nearly Home, only got to sail through the nether darkness...who wants another round of 'Sailing Home?'Wink

I wonder if the chorus would go well with this tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKrYx-VUjDk

(No, I didn't make that video, I draw the line at writing 25,000 word essays on him)

And needless to say you wouldn't catch me singing that at the pub, Weatherspoons is an unfriendly institution at the best of times...

I don't have much to say.



Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens


Sep 3 2013, 2:23am

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Pass the grog! [In reply to] Can't Post

Yo-ho! I enjoyed this, thanks for your effort here! I wasn't familiar with the song or the a cappella group that performed it and quite enjoyed listening to it while reading your lyrics.

This would be fun to perform. As a fan of singing in harmony, I'll volunteer if you or anyone else will join me!

OK now here's where it gets geeky...

Just this evening my 6 year old was trying to learn the Cups song by Anna Kendrick, with the clapping and the cups. So I was helping her...this is just a few hours ago, mind you... (yes I was able to learn it. I haven't learned all the words to the song yet so I have to hum some parts.)

So when I read your post and listened to the youtube clip linked in your post, I had that cup-clap rhythm accompaniment in mind. It turns out that the song you parodied (and by extension, your parody song) goes along with the cup-clap rhythm pattern. So now I have this idea of performing your parody while doing the cups as the accompaniment. (can't do it right now, too loud for my kids who are asleep.)

See? geeky. Laugh So again, with that in mind...who's with me? (only half-kidding)

Anyway thanks for the shanty filkiiness! I can almost smell salt air and feel the mist of the splashing waves on my face! Cool

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Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 3 2013, 7:24pm

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I'm not particularly attached to "me boys" either [In reply to] Can't Post

but I couldn't come up with anything I liked better. Any suggestions?

I'm not sure if there's a problem in Youtube or the web, or my computer, but I can't get your video to play. I want to hear it, so I'll try again later.


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 3 2013, 7:28pm

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Alas! The Lord has blessed me with many talents, [In reply to] Can't Post

but singing is not among them. So I'll politely bow out while those with harmonious voices record the song, whether it be with or without cup-clapping.

Thanks for the encouraging words. I have begun my next effort.


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 3 2013, 7:42pm

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In the interests of thread completeness, [In reply to] Can't Post

Here's a simple one that I already posted in the Tolkienia thread. The Mingulay Boat song: just substitute "Valinor" for "Mingulay" and "friends" for "wives" and it's ready to sail to the Undying Lands.
http://www.youtube.com/...t=PLFB3AC36B32ADD3FD


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 3 2013, 7:54pm

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Hmmm ... "cirion" perhaps? [In reply to] Can't Post

in place of 'my boys'; its Sindarin for 'sailor' and is two syllables.

The Quenya is ciryando which sounds nice (and would maybe be more appropriate) but adds and extra beat.

(?) Not sure how well it fits but may do.

Love the whole spirit of this piece Meneldor. Smile

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 3 2013, 10:33pm

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Sailing home to Numenor, cirion [In reply to] Can't Post

Sailing home to Numenor

I think I like that suggestion. Thank you, Brethil!


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Ethel Duath
Valinor


Sep 4 2013, 2:31am

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Woo-hooo! [In reply to] Can't Post

Or "Yo Ho!"

Great job! You really have the tune in your ears when you do these. And the rhythm of the sea.

So, what's next? Smile


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 4 2013, 3:40am

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The Diamond, [In reply to] Can't Post

as a song about Earendil. I have rough drafts for the chorus and one verse, so that's a solid start. Earlier today I had an idea for turning The Leaving of Liverpool into The Leaving of Middle Earth. I'd also like to do something with Broom of the Cowdenows. There's not much risk of running out of grand old seasongs to filk.


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 4 2013, 3:41am

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You are most welcome! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Darkstone
Immortal


Sep 4 2013, 2:36pm

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Samwise the Shantyman [In reply to] Can't Post

“It's ‘Pipe up, Sam,’ when it's looking kind of blue
For a half-drowned ship and a half-dead crew,
When your heart's in your sea-boots and the cold is in your bones,
And you don't care a darn how soon she goes to Davy Jones,
And it's dark as the devil and blowing all it can —
Oh, he's worth ten men on a rope, is Sam!

”Ten men heaving round the capstan bars,
Ten men furling aloft among the stars,
Ten men singing out, sheeting home the sail,
Ten men shouting down a Cape Horn gale.”
-With apologies to Cicely Fox Smith

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Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 4 2013, 2:45pm

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Yarrr! [In reply to] Can't Post

Pirate Smile


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 5 2013, 1:21am

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Note to self: [In reply to] Can't Post

A Health to the Company might be tweaked into a dwarvish drinking song.


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 6 2013, 12:04am

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This one was harder. [In reply to] Can't Post

The only way I could find to make it work was by assigning a crew to Earendil's ship to help him sail through the skies. So just imagine that he recruited elves of Valinor to help him man the Vingilote.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_J-4ygR3zs

Vingilote is our starry ship
Through the Door of Night she's bound
The quay it is all garnish-ed with sea elf maids around
Earendil the order gives
To sail the heavens high
Where we keep eternal watch
On ramparts in the sky

Chorus:
Have courage, Elwing
Let your heart not despair
When your own true love Earendil
Is sailing through the air

Along the quay at Alqualond
North to Elwing's tall white tower
The fair folk watch Earendil
Launch into the evening hour
Don't you weep, fair Elwing
Though you be left behind
Flowers will bloom on Laurelin's limbs
Before we'll change our mind

Chorus

Sing a song to proud Earrame
A song to Teleri swans
A song to Cirdan's ships of grey
And Vingelot at dawn
Sing a song for all us sailor elves
Who venture sea and sky
We'll not turn back for day or night
Nor endless void on high

Chorus

We'll soon return from sailing far
With glory and with fame
A hold that's full of starry dust
And honor to our name
When Elwing soars to greet us
On wings of silver-white
There's two more hearts in Valinor
That aren't alone tonight

Chorus


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Sep 6 2013, 1:49am

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That worked out very well! [In reply to] Can't Post

We've got that song on a Gaelic Storm CD - I'm quite familiar with it. (And Leaving of Liverpool also.)

Your words flow nicely into it! Cool


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Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 6 2013, 1:58am

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Thank you, Dernwyn. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll probably leave Liverpool next. That is, if it doesn't grieve me overmuch.


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

(This post was edited by Meneldor on Sep 6 2013, 1:59am)


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Sep 6 2013, 10:34am

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How aristocratic are the crew? [In reply to] Can't Post

Sailing home to Numenor, my lords?n

would


Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimë I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 9 2013, 10:16pm

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I would expect captains and officers [In reply to] Can't Post

to be of the better class. Swabbies and deckhands, not so much.


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Sep 10 2013, 7:58am

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There lies an interesting point- [In reply to] Can't Post

From the books, what we see of Numenor is the affairs of the elite, and it would be reasonae to assume they are couched in the language of the elite. A folklorist collecting traditional Numenorean working songs (perhaps some of them could still be heard at Gondors ports, even in the Third Age… is that where you got them? Smile ) would find rather different language and concerns.

So maybe "me boys" "my lads" etc. is spot on, after all…

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimë I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 11 2013, 3:30am

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Remember when Denethor [In reply to] Can't Post

asked Pippin if he sang and Pippin was thinking that the songs he knew best weren't suitable for the Steward of All Gondor? Those unsuitable songs are the ones I want to hear. Not the stuffy high art stuff, but the ones that common folk sing for fun.


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 17 2013, 3:42pm

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This one took a while [In reply to] Can't Post

because I had to take some liberties... with the words of Tolkien. Please don't burn me as a heretic for doing that!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypi0-3nS3MA

Farewell to you my own true love
Sleep deep and do not arise
I'm bound for Angband's iron halls
For to make good your bridal price

Chorus:
So fare thee well, Tinuviel
And if I return united we may be
It's not my leaving Beleriand that grieves me
But fair Luthien when I think of thee

The sun shines not on Thangorodrim
And I wish I could go back
For I know it will be a long dark path
As I make my way through the black

Chorus

Farewell sweet earth and northern sky
Forever blest since here did lie
And here with lissome limbs did run
My Luthien Tinuviel

Though all to ruin fell the world
Yet were its making good for this
The dusk, the dawn, the earth, the sea
That Luthien for a time should be

Chorus


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.

 
 

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