“In the Halls of Our Fathers”, or “Thorin’s Farewell” which was it’s working title, is a song I wrote shortly after Easter, and I’ve been editing and revising it ever since. Only now am I happy with how the lyrics turned out. This is actually the very first recording I have ever done of it, done in one take with no editing (which is rather rare for me, as I usually do several takes with a lot of editing before I’m happy with it), so it’s practically a live version. I guess I’m just really eager to share it with you all! ^_^
The picture is of two wonderful cosplayers I had the pleasure of meeting at HobbitCon and is taken by Felix (http://revelio.deviantart.com/). You can find the whole photo shoot here:
In the Halls of Our Fathers
Lift your gaze
For someone so small
You had a bravery
That baffled us all
And in your reluctance
You found in your heart
The kindness to see through
A rough-cut facade
And the road lay before you
So frightful and new
But you joined our company
As one of a few
To share an adventure
And through the world roam
To the Halls of our Fathers
Lift you head
For all you have learned
You found your courage
When everything burned
In our darkest hour
To this ragged crew
Your heart remained loyal
And your spirit true
And the road lies behind you
The world lies ahead
Through woodland and mountain
And battle it lead
Together we stand now
Midst pillars of yore
In the Halls of our Fathers
Lift your hand
And let it clasp mine
I need your forgiveness
Before it is time
Thief I once called you
But you are my friend
And the last to embrace me
Here at the end
For my road has ended
So bid me farewell
And remember me kindly
In stories you’ll tell
And lay me to rest
When my last breath has passed
In the Halls of our Fathers
Yeah, I’m sorry, but there is no way I’m not reblogging this after seeing the trailer …
If you’re a hobbit and you know it clap your hands…
I wanted to reach out to you because my band, The Library Bards are babies in the filking community, but would love to get more involved! We do nerdy parody songs, and you can hear one of them (about our favorite wizard) here: https://youtu.be/R7i-Cg5DiWo
We have other songs as well, and more music videos to come!
(A Library Bard :D)
Submitted by xanderiffic! The video is definitely worth watching, if only to see Gandalf dance. I mean, there are other reasons, but that should be sufficient.
Unsurprisingly, I guess, the legendary (at least, I think she should be legendary) songwriter of “Everybody Hates Elves,” has another one about dwarves.
There’s a lot of background noise in this, but it’s entirely worth it for a dwarf playing the clarinet.
R.I.P. Christopher Lee.
We will always remember you and your work. As a tribute, I’m sharing this song he performed with the Tolkien Ensemble, singing as Treebeard.
“In the willow-meads of Tasarinan I walked in the Spring.
Ah ! the sight and the smell of the Spring in Nan-tasarion !
And I said that was good.
I wandered in Summer in the elm-woods of Ossiriand.
Ah ! the light and the music in the Summer by the Seven Rivers of Ossir !
And I thought that was best.
To the beeches of Neldoreth I came in the Autumn.
Ah ! the gold and the red and the sighing of leaves in the Autumn in Taur-na-neldor!
It was more than my desire.
To the pine-trees upon the highland of Dorthonion I climbed in the Winter.
Ah ! the wind and the whiteness and the black branches of Winter upon Orod-na-Thön !
My voice went up and sang in the sky.
And now all those lands lie under the wave,
And I walk in Ambaróna, in Tauremorna, in Aldalómë,
In my own land, in the country of Fangorn,
Where the roots are long,
And the years lie thicker than the leaves
~ J.R.R. Tolkien
A setting of the song Frodo sings in memory of Gandalf in Lothlorian, with Sam’s added verse.
“Baby It’s Cold Outside (as performed by Gollum and Smeagol),” by Matthew Drahozal.
It’s exactly what it says on the tin, and you won’t regret it.
Ingrid Windsland’s fantastic parody of “The Rocky Road to Dublin”
Tons of you have been helping build up the Masterlist of Songs Inspired by Tolkien – thank you so much to everyone who’s sent in links to new songs! I’ve still got lots more to add (including all of The Tolkien Ensemble, yikes), but here’s the songs that were recently added:
- Where the Shadows Lie (Battlelore)
- “Eowyn’s Song“ (Cletus Kennaly & Lori Kelly)
- “Evenstar” (Destiny Cross)
- “May it Be“ (Destiny Cross)
- “Pippin’s Song – All Shall Fade – Edge of Night” (Destiny Cross)
- “Oakenshield” (Elvenking)
- The Children of Hurin Original Soundtrack (Francisco Nogueiras)
- “Battle of Evermore“ (Led Zeppelin)
- “Ramble On” (Led Zeppelin)
- “Elven Oratory II: Maeglin’s Cry“ (Lind Erebros)
- “Noldolante” (Lind Erebros)
- Music Inspired by the Lord of the Rings (Mostly Autumn(
Remember, if you’ve got more to add, please let me know – and include a link with your suggestion!!! (otherwise it will not be added)
Likely of interest to my followers!
And mine, though they’re probably more or less the same people.