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I've been thinking a lot about Bilbo Baggins, both because of the soon-to-be-released The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey film and in preparation for teaching my "J.R.R. Tolkien: Hobbits, History, and Heroism" seminar at Lenoir-Rhyne University in the spring. Being the fan and student of Tolkien-inspired world music that I am, my thoughts have turned to Bilbo-centric songs.

So here are a few of my favorite Bilbo Baggins-centric (as opposed to merely Tolkien-related) songs from musicians around the world.

(No, Leonard Nimoy's "Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" doesn't make the list. Ha!)

1. "Bilbo's Last Song," words by J.R.R. Tolkien, music by Stephen Oliver for the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (British)
The words make this one of my favorite songs, period.

2. "Accanto al Fuoco" (Bilbo's "I Sit Beside the Fire" Song), words by J.R.R. Tolkien translated into Italian, music by Lingalad from Voci dalla Terra di Mezzo (Voices from Middle-earth) (Italian)

3. "Bilbo's Song" (a.k.a. "The Old Walking Song"), words by J.R.R. Tolkien, music by The Tolkien Ensemble from An Evening in Rivendell (Danish)

4. "Eärendil" (Bilbo's poem as performed in the Hall of Fire in Rivendell), words by J.R.R. Tolkien, music by Andi Grimsditch from The Tolkien Song Cycle, Vol. 1 (Argentinian)

This version of "Eärendil" is by far the best, most moving adaptation of Bilbo's poem I've heard. It's heartbreakingly beautiful. (You can hear an excerpt from it here.)

5. "One More Time," lyrics and music by Hobbit (from Bilbo's point of view) from All for the One (U.S.)
(You can hear it here.)

I feel the wind upon my face now.
There's something strange about today.
I have to say, I can't believe this feelin':
A new adventure's gonna come my way.
I think I've found a destiny across the Brandywine.
Yeah, passing undetected, just one more time...

Honorable mention goes to Kevin Henry's U.S. country-folk theme album Bilbo's Great Adventure, which is a hoot and worth a listen here.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 1st, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
from one of my favorite bands:

Dec. 1st, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is a great one! I love Blind Guardian's Silmarillion album, Nightfall in Middle-Earth, too. Absolutely gorgeous.
Dec. 1st, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have all of their albums and that one is definitely my favorite. It definitely does the literature justice.
Dec. 1st, 2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
What, no Leonard Nimoy? ;-)

I like the title of your seminar! BTW, I just had an article published in a Tolkien-themed issue of a magazine I write for. Here's the link if you'd like to see it:


Mine's called "Will the Real Hero Please Stand Up?"

Dec. 3rd, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks so much for the link and heads up - I really appreciate it! And CONGRATS on the publication!!!
Dec. 1st, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Ooooooh, fun! Thanks! :)

Not sure whether you saw, but I had an LJ post about wanting to check your e-ddress - last I found in my book was from 2009, and I sent something there - is that still current? (I know that even if you got it you wouldn't have had time to reply - I just want to make sure I get it TO the right place so you can get to it at your convenience! :) )

*hugs snugs*
Dec. 3rd, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
My pleasure!

Thanks! Will respond shortly. *massive hugs*
Dec. 3rd, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Give the most recent post, Into Darkness
What about the Leonard Nimoy song? :)
Dec. 8th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Give the most recent post, Into Darkness
LOL! I gave it a link, but it just doesn't make the cut. ;) The video's a scream, though.
Dec. 6th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
I will have to show these to my friends!

Usually the closest I get to LOTR related songs are things like the Misty Mountain Hop by Led Zepplin.
Dec. 8th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks!

I'll have to post the full playlist for "music night" in my Tolkien seminar when I get it finished. We sample songs from all over the world related to The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and/or The Silmarillion. And Led Zeppelin's definitely included! :D
Dec. 20th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
I've had my birthday now, precious, so thank you for the congratulations.
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