Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
Amy H. Sturgis

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Your Dwarves Don't Dance and Your Elves Don't Rock-n-Roll

First of all, happy birthday to bellatook. May you have a wonderful day, and many, many more!

Second, Revolution Science Fiction has published its "Spring 2005 Movie Preview" for genre films. There are some "must see" movies on this list.

Next, I've been gathering my Harry Potter-related music to discuss in my "Harry Potter and His Predecessors" course, and it struck me that I haven't yet shared my picks from the world of Tolkien music on my LJ. In the past I've written reviews of Tolkienesque music (for Revolution Science Fiction in 2002 and Pop Thought in 2004), but the list here represents my most recent thinking on the subject.

The recommendations below are not in any way exhaustive. I incorporate these songs into my "J.R.R. Tolkien in History, Political Thought, and Literature" class as representatives of albums I find particularly interesting and noteworthy. I only consider songs with lyrics (either Tolkien's own words or original words based on Tolkien's vision), so I don't even touch on the wonderful orchestral and symphonic albums that exist. For a thorough list of music inspired by Middle-Earth, see The Tolkien Music List.

But, if you're interested, here's my class list of some great Tolkien-inspired music:

Adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Verse

“Sam’s Rhyme of the Troll”
(sung by J.R.R. Tolkien)
from The J.R.R. Tolkien Audio Collection
England, recording date unknown

(theme by J.R.R. Tolkien)
from Donald Swann's The Road Goes Ever On
England, 1968

“In Western Lands” and “The March of the Ents”
from The BBC Radio Dramatisation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings
England, 1981

“Song of the Rings”
from James A. Stark’s Songs of Middle-Earth
Canada, 1989

“The Mewlips”
from The Hobbitons’ Songs from Middle-Earth
The Netherlands, 1996

“Hobbit Walking Song”
(music by Marion Zimmer Bradley)
from Brocelïande’s The Starlit Jewel: Songs from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
USA, 1996

“Sam’s Song in the Orc-Tower” and “I Sang of Leaves”
from The Tolkien Ensemble’s An Evening in Rivendell
Denmark, 1997

“Tom Bombadil”
from Giuseppe Festa’s Voci dalla Terra di Mezzo/Voices from Middle Earth
Italy, 1999

“Princess Mee”
from Caprice’s Elven Music
Russia, 2001

from Andi Grimsditch’s The Tolkien Song Cycle, Vol. I
Argentina, 2002

“The Steward of Gondor”
(sung by Billy Boyd)
from Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Soundtrack
England, 2002

Original Music Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Vision

“The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins”
from Leonard Nimoy’s The Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy
now available on Spaced Out: The Best of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner
USA, 1968

“Ramble On”
from Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin II
England, 1969
Note lyrics: Mine's a tale that can't be told, my freedom I hold dear.
How years ago in days of old, when magic filled the air.
T'was in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair.
But Gollum, and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her, her, her....yeah.

from Rush's Fly by Night
Canada, 1975

from Leonard Rosenman’s The Lord of the Rings Soundtrack
USA, 1978

“The Way to Her Heart”
from Glass Hammer's Journey of the Dunadan
USA, 1993

“Shire Song”
from Pär Lindh and Björn Johansson’s Bilbo
Sweden, 1996

from Blind Guardian's Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Germany, 1998
Note lyrics: But even in silence I heard the words
"An oath we shall swear by the name of the one
Until the world's end, it can't be broken"
Just wondering how I can still hear these voices inside
The doom of the Noldor drew near
The words of a banished king, "I swear revenge"
Filled with anger, aflamed our hearts, full of hate, full of pride
We screamed for revenge

“Dared and Scared”
from Kevin Henry’s Bilbo’s Great Adventure
USA, 1999

“Fear of the Dark”
from Bob Catley's The Tower
England, 1998
Note lyrics: It's a nightmare, this island
She remains, her world in chains, on Middle-Earth
It's a private asylum
Locked away 'til daylight breaks on Middle-Earth

“The End of Summer (Galadriel’s Theme)”
from Bob Catley's Middle-Earth
England, 2001
Note lyrics: Just like the sun
Setting on my shoulder
Galadriel is the embers of the night
And there could be no other
The Shadows run
And the days grow colder
Galadriel is the tender autumn light
She is the end of summer

“Greenwood the Great (Shadowy Glades)”
from Mostly Autumn's Music Inspired by the Lord of the Rings
England, 2001

“The King’s Beer”
from Glass Hammer's Middle Earth Album
USA, 2001
Note lyrics: The King once marched to Morannon Gate
With an army proud and fair
To take the war of Mordor to the Dark Lord’s very lair
And when at last the day was won
A new age for the world begun
Butterbur made his finest brew, there never was better

from Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Soundtrack
England, 2001
Note lyrics: From darkness I understand the night (O môr henion I dhû)
Dreams flow, a star shines (Ely siriar, êl sila)
Ah! I desire Evenstar (Ai! Aníron Undómiel)
Look! A star rises out of the darkness (Tiro! êl eria e môr)
The song of the star enchants my heart (I ‘lîr en êl luitha ‘uren)
Ah! I desire… (Ai! Aníron…)

“One More Time”
from Hobbit's All For The One
USA, 2003

“The Psychopathic, Chronic, Schizophrenic Gollum Blues”
from The Brobdingnagian Bards' Memories of Middle Earth
USA, 2003
Note lyrics: Sauron tortured Gollum, but the slimy runt got away.
Yeah, Sauron tortured Gollum, but the slimy runt got away.
Now he's leading me to Mordor, wonders if Sam and I are gay.
I got the Psychopathic, Chronic, Schziophrenic Gollum Blues.
I got the Psychopathic, Chronic, Schziophrenic Gollum Blues.
And if Smeagol don't betray me,
The Dark Lord'll make Headline News.

“The Grey Havens”
from Alan Horvath's The Rings Project
USA, 2004
Note lyrics: I can tell a story deeper than the blue, blue sea
Sail away
I can sing of glory, knowing that my people are free
Sam you will stay
There'll come a time
You'll look to the tides
And I'll be looking for you

And for the quote of the day, lyrics from Glass Hammer:

As I walk tiredly toward the West
My heart cries out for hearth and home
Familiar faces, friendly smiles
Now all I know is left behind
Until at last one day I find
My road will lead us home once more
To go no more a-questing

from "As I Walk," Glass Hammer's Middle Earth Album

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