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#1 Thorvald the Relentless

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 09:18 PM

 

Simply brilliant, my favorite poem by Tolkien, and the best one about dwarves in any setting. In this 27 verses you find more fluff about the world and dwarves than in all GW books combined, and the style is something any author can only dream to achieve. Amazing.


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#2 Hero of Rome

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 05:31 PM

I can remember hearing that song for the first time in the trailer. These sorts of things always reinvigorate my love for Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings.


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#3 Thorvald the Relentless

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 11:38 AM

He was a master poet, that's for sure. And the source of inspiration for most authors thereafter. And I like this a bit archaic style of writing, just as it needs to be.



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Posted 09 March 2018 - 05:21 PM

He was a master poet, that's for sure. And the source of inspiration for most authors thereafter. And I like this a bit archaic style of writing, just as it needs to be.

Indeed, Tolkien's languages are one of the core themes of his work which will forever allow it to stand out as a masterpiece in literature.



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Posted 09 March 2018 - 05:44 PM

Agree. He was a professor of philology for a reason, after all. I was fascinated by LotR when I was a child, no less by the Silmarillion, and now, when I was able to read it in English and not the translation, it inspires me even more. I can even understand the language style - nowadays nobody speaks like that, but it sounds awesome. GW does this too, but they don't know how to properly, and don't know when to stop either. 



#6 Hero of Rome

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 07:22 PM

Indeed, I have read Lord of the Rings and the Silmarilion twice now, and The Hobbit more times than I can count. On the language part, I certainly agree with you; should you immerse yourself then you can find a much deeper meaning in the novels - it's incredible how many references to Christianity, history and philosophy are present in Tolkien's works.



#7 Thorvald the Relentless

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 08:52 AM

And many more. I, for one, am a huge fan of Scandinavian mythology (that's why I so like the idea of Mortal Realms and such stuff) and Tolkien was a specialist both in their languages, including older ones, and myths. After all, it is he who has turned the short-legged dark (or black) elves into the dwarves we know today (although nobody really seems to know how this word actually happened.  "Dwarf" is an old Germanic word for "Der Zwerge", which in turn is their version of the Old Norse "dwerg", but how it came to be, especially to mean the former black / dark elves (svart alvar) is a complete mystery. And lots of other examples too.) He was a genius. 



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Posted 10 March 2018 - 04:34 PM

Good post Thorvald! 

 

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.

For ancient king and elvish lord
There many a gleaming golden hoard
They shaped and wrought, and light they caught
To hide in gems on hilt of sword.

On silver necklaces they strung
The flowering stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, in twisted wire
They meshed the light of moon and sun.

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away, ere break of day,
To claim our long-forgotten gold.

Goblets they carved there for themselves
And harps of gold; where no man delves
There lay they long, and many a song
Was sung unheard by men or elves.

The pines were roaring on the height,
The winds were moaning in the night.
The fire was red, it flaming spread;
The trees like torches blazed with light.

The bells were ringing in the dale
And men they looked up with faces pale;
The dragon’s ire more fierce than fire
Laid low their towers and houses frail.

The mountain smoked beneath the moon;
The dwarves they heard the tramp of doom.
They fled their hall to dying fall
Beneath his feet, beneath the moon.

Far over the misty mountains grim
To dungeons deep and caverns dim
We must away, ere break of day,
To win our harps and gold from him!



#9 Hero of Rome

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 06:53 PM

@Pellegrim

 

You're Grungni reborn, thanks for the lyrics!



#10 Thorvald the Relentless

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 09:09 PM

"Whilst residing with Beorn, Bilbo also hears the dwarves sing.[Though it is not mentioned here whether these verses are of the same song as heard before, it follows the same form, and mentions, though briefly, both the Lonely Mountain and "the dragon's lair" and thus it is widely considered to be so."

 

The wind was on the withered heath,

but in the forest stirred no leaf:

there shadows lay be night or day,

and dark things silent crept beneath.

The wind came down from mountains cold,

and like a tide it roared and rolled;

the branches groaned, the forest moaned,

and leaves were laid upon the mould.

 

The wind went on from West to East;

all movement in the forest ceased,

but shrill and harsh across the marsh

its whistling voices were released.

 

The grasses hissed, their tassels bent,

the reeds were rattling--on it went

o'er shaken pool under heavens cool

where racing clouds were torn and rent.

 

It passed the Lonely Mountain bare

and swept above the dragon's lair:

there black and dark lay boulders stark

and flying smoke was in the air.

 

It left the world and took its flight

over the wide seas of the night.

The moon set sail upon the gale,

and stars were fanned to leaping light.

 

"After slaying Smaug and reclaiming the Lonely Mountain, yet another new form of the song is sung."

 

Under the Mountain dark and tall

The King has come unto his hall!

His foe is dead, the Worm of Dread,

And ever so his foes shall fall.

The sword is sharp, the spear is long,

The arrow swift, the Gate is strong;

The heart is bold that looks on gold;

The dwarves no more shall suffer wrong.

 

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,

While hammers fell like ringing bells

In places deep, where dark things sleep,

In hollow halls beneath the fells.

 

On silver necklaces they strung

The light of stars, on crowns they hung

The dragon-fire, from twisted wire

The melody of harps they wrung.

 

The mountain throne once more is freed!

O! wandering folk, the summons heed!

Come haste! Come haste! across the waste!

The king of friend and kin has need.

 

Now call we over the mountains cold,

‘Come back unto the caverns old’!

Here at the Gates the king awaits,

His hands are rich with gems and gold.

 

The king is come unto his hall

Under the Mountain dark and tall.

The Worm of Dread is slain and dead,

And ever so our foes shall fall!

 

In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, verses of this song is heard. During Frodo and company's brief stay at Crickhollow before leaving the Shire, a song sung by Merry and Pippin is described as "made on the model of the dwarf-song that started Bilbo on his adventure long ago, and went to the same tune.» 

 

Farewell we call to hearth and hall!

Though wind may blow and rain may fall,

We must away ere break of day

Far over the wood and mountain tall.

To Rivendell, where Elves yet dwell

In glades beneath the misty fell,

Through moor and waste we ride in haste,

And whither then we cannot tell.

 

With foes ahead, behind us dread,

Beneath the sky shall be our bed,

Until at last our toil be passed,

Our journey done, our errand sped.

 

We must away! We must away!

We ride before the break of day!

 

:)

 



#11 Pellegrim

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 07:12 PM

oo nice



#12 Thorvald the Relentless

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 08:15 PM

More than nice, in fact :) it's from here GW took the dwarven unyielding nature. But I prefer Tolkien's more. They are much more characterful.



#13 Thorvald the Relentless

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 08:19 PM

And, by the way, they sing also several verses of the Song of Durin, which I like too.

 

https://genius.com/J...ening-annotated

 



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Posted 14 March 2018 - 04:10 AM

Upon my oath, that was beautiful. I got chills just listening to it. Thank you.



#15 Thorvald the Relentless

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 04:51 PM

It's the immortal classics. Those guys nailed it, like real dwarves are singing. 







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