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Old 05-07-2005, 05:45 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by Lathriel
They are...Magician's theme (Gandalf ?)
The Keeper of the Old Forest (Old forest and Old man willow)
Strange Mountain scenes (Misty Mountains)
Mysterious creatures gathering at the gates of darkness (The black gate)
After the Evil is defeated (Free Poeple of ME victorious)
The ships of the Immortal( Elves leaving ME)
Wow! I would like to hear those songs!

Come to think of it, There's even a music from a Game that reminds me of LotR (beides that the game also does)
From the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, there's a forest themed temple/level with beautiful music. it always reminded me think of Lothlorien for some reason. it has a mysterious elven sound to it.

'Tis very odd indeed..
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Old 05-08-2005, 06:30 PM   #42
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Okay, I must post the lyrics to "Dante's Prayer" by Loreena McKennitt, and if you haven't heard it, then hie thee to a music store (or iTunes) and listen to it... but have tissues handy.


When the dark wood fell before me
And all the paths were overgrown
When the priests of pride say there is no other way
I tiled the sorrows of stone

I did not believe because I could not see
Thought you came to me in the night
When the dawn seemed forever lost
You showed me your love in the light of the stars

(chorus)Cast your eyes on the ocean
Cast your soul to the sea
When the dark night seems endless
Please remember me

Then the mountain rose before me
By the deep well of desire
From the fountain of forgiveness
Beyond the ice and the fire

(chorus)

Though we share this humble path, alone
How fragile is the heart
Oh give these clay feet wings to fly
To touch the face of the stars

(chorus)

Breathe life into this feeble heart
Life this mortal veil of fear
Take these crumbled hopes, etched with tears
We've rise above Earthly cares

(chorus)
Please remember me... please remember me (repeats until fully faded)
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Old 05-10-2005, 01:04 AM   #43
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Okay how about Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden? I can imagine Aragorn & Arwen, and Legolas & Gimli singing this to each other...

And Strawberry Feilds forever by the Beatles when Frodo and Sam meet Pipin and Merry I think of this song!

Has anyone played Baulders Gate II: Shadows of Amn? The music totally sounds like its outta LotR!

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Old 05-10-2005, 02:53 PM   #44
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Has anyone played Baulders Gate II: Shadows of Amn? The music totally sounds like its outta LotR!
I haven't, but from my brother's continous ranting about how he loves this game, and that he almost blew out my subwoofer (He paid dearly for that ) with it's music, I can agree with yous.

And thank you for the complement. They are wonderful. Truely, they make a day more sweeter and full of more of those wonderful feelings you have in the bottom of your stomach when you are on a roller coaster.

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Old 06-25-2005, 08:24 PM   #45
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Just was listening to Morrissey today, and I came across this song. It reminds me a lot of Sam and Frodo...


It's called Moon River. Lovely song... it is actually a variation of Jonny Mercer and Henri Mancini's great.


Moonriver
Wider than a mile
I'll be crossing you in style
Someday
Oh, Dreammaker
You heartbreaker
Wherever you're going
I'm going your way
Two drifters
Off to see the world
I'm not so sure the world
Deserves us
We're after
The same rainbow's end
How come it's just around the bend ?
It's always just around the bend ?
Moonriver
Wider than a mile
I'll be crossing you in style
Someday Oh, Dreammaker
You heartbreaker
Wherever you're going
I'm going your way
Two drifters
Off to see the world
I'm not so sure the world
Deserves us
We're after
The same rainbow's end
It's just around the bend
It's just around the bend
It's just around the bend
It's just around the bend


Lovely song? It's so beautiful if you people could here it, any version.


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Old 06-28-2005, 12:15 PM   #46
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Absolutely!! "The Mummer's Dance" always makes me think of Lothlorien, for some reason....

- Evanescence - Forgive Me...

Isn't that PERFECT for Sam and Frodo? It makes me cry... *goes to find a Kleenex*
Those lyrics were beautiful, and yes...it does remind me of Frodo and Sam. *sniff*

Loreena McKennit's song 'The Old Ways' is one that reminds me of The Grey Havens.

And like many other people who have already said so on this thread, I think that many of her songs remind me of ME.
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The band Gatsbys American Dream makes references to Lord of the Rings. Two of their song titles are "Where Shadows Lie" and "A Mind of Metal and Wheels." On their website it states that their songs are "Filled with literary references ranging from Jurassic Park and The Lord Of The Rings trilogy to Interview With A Vampire and The Lord Of The Flies" as well as, obviously, The Great Gatsby.

Their music is more of a rock-ish, punk kind of sound, which I am quite partial to. And the fact that they include references to great literature, especially LOTR, is wonderful.
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The band Gatsbys American Dream makes references to Lord of the Rings. Two of their song titles are "Where Shadows Lie" and "A Mind of Metal and Wheels." On their website it states that their songs are "Filled with literary references ranging from Jurassic Park and The Lord Of The Rings trilogy to Interview With A Vampire and The Lord Of The Flies" as well as, obviously, The Great Gatsby.

Their music is more of a rock-ish, punk kind of sound, which I am quite partial too. And the fact that they include references to great literature, especially LOTR, is wonderful.

Ah, yes, wonderful! Interview with the vampire! the first and last Anne Rice book turned into a movie that was co-directed by her as well!

Sounds really cool, I might have to check these musical guru's out...

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Last night, as I was re-reading the Chapter "Lothloríen" I came across Legolas's reciting of Nimrodel. The whole time I was reading this, I could not but help think of "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers.

Maybe it's the part, "Lonely rivers flow
To the sea, to the sea To the open arms of the sea. Lonely rivers sigh Wait for me, wait for me I'll be coming home Wait for me."

It just seems that both have a finality and a sense of doom to them. Unrequited love longing for the one they cannot reach.


Endless Sleep" is more like the story of Beren and Lùthien.
Hey, at least "Endless Sleep" ends better.


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Unchained Melody

Oh, my love, my darling, I've hungered for your touch a long, lonely time.
Time goes by so slowly and time can do so much, Are You Still Mine?
I need your love, I need your love, God speed your love to me!
Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea, To the open arms of the sea.
Lonely rivers sigh, "Wait for me, wait for me!" I'll be coming home, wait for me!
Oh, my love, my darling, I've hungered for your touch a long, lonely time
Time goes by so slowly and time can do so much, Are You Still Mine?
I need your love, I need your love, God speed your love to me!
Lonely mountains gaze at the stars, at the stars, Waiting for the dawn of the day.
All alone, I gaze at the stars, at the stars, Dreaming of my love for away.
Oh, my love, my darling, I've hungered for your touch a long, lonely time.
Time goes by so slowly and time can do so much, Are You Still Mine?


Endless Sleep

The night was black rain fallin' down
I looked my baby she's no where aroun'
Chased her footsteps down to the shore
Afraid she's gone for ever more

Well I looked at the sea, seemed to say
I took your baby from you away
I heard a voice cry in the deep
Come join me baby in my endless sleep

Why did we quarrel why did we fight
Why did I leave her alone last night
That's why her foot steps ran down to the sea
That's wy my baby has gone from me

Well I looked at the sea seemed to say
I took your baby from you away
Well I heard a voice cry in the deep
Come join me baby in my endless sleep
Endless sleep

Out in the water heart full of fear
There in the breaker I saw her near
Reached for my darlin' held her to me
Dragged her away from the angry sea

Well I looked at the sea seemed to say
I took your baby from you away
I heard a voice cryin' in the deep
I took your baby from the endless sleep
I grabbed my baby from the endless sleep
I have been listening to Enya for the past few days. There are two of her songs on the Watermark Album tghat so reminds me of the Elves (maybe even Frodo).

One is Exile -- this one more reminds me of the Elves
Quote:
Cold as the northern winds
In December mornings,
Cold is the cry that rings
From this far distant shore.

Winter has come too late
Too close beside me.
How can I chase away
All these fears deep inside?

Chorus:
I'll wait the signs to come.
I'll find a way
I will wait the time to come.
I'll find a way home.

My light shall be the moon
And my path - the ocean.
My guide the morning star
As I sail home to you.

Chorus

Who then can warm my soul?
Who can quell my passion?
Out of these dreams - a boat
I will sail home to you.
The other is Evening Falls -- I think this reminds me of Frodo and his dreams at the House of Tom Bombadil - also a bit of the sadness that is in the poem "The Sea Bell by Tolkien".

Quote:
When the evening falls
And the daylight is fading,
From within me calls
Could it be I am sleeping?
For a moment I stray,
Then it holds me completely
Close to home - I cannot say
Close to home feeling so far away

As I walk the room there before me a shadow
From another world, where no other can follow
Carry me to my own, to where I can cross over
Close to home - I cannot say
Close to home feeling so far away

Forever searching; never right,
I am lost in oceans of night.
Forever hoping I can find memories
Those memories I left behind

Even though I leave will I go on believing
That this time is real - am I lost in this feeling?
Like a child passing through,
Never knowing the reason
I am home - I know the way
I am home - feeling oh, so far away
Here is another from the same CD - On Your Shore
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Strange how my heart beats
To find myself upon your shore.
Strange how I still feel
My loss of comfort gone before.

Cool waves wash over
And drift away with dreams of youth
So time is stolen
I cannot hold you long enough.

And so this is where I should be now
Days and nights falling by
Days and nights falling by me.
I know of a dream I should be holding
Days and nights falling by
Days and nights falling by me.

Soft blue horizons
Reach far into my childhood days
As you are rising
To bring me my forgotten ways.

Strange how I falter
To find I'm standing in deep water
Strange how my heart beats
To find I'm standing on your shore.
Very sad and Elvish
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This is very schmaltzy but it does make me think of Arwen particularly.

Right Here Waiting For You
Richard Marx

Oceans apart day after day
And I slowly go insane
I hear your voice on the line
But it doesn't stop the pain

If I see you next to never
How can we say forever

Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you

I took for granted, all the times
That I thought would last somehow
I hear the laughter, I taste the tears
But I can't get near you now

....
Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you

I wonder how we can survive
This romance
But in the end if I'm with you
I'll take the chance

Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you
Waiting for you
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Hey where did we go
Days when the dwarves came
Down in the valley
Singing a new game
Laughing at the longbeards, hey, hey
Joking with the hobbit
Under the midsummer stars with
Our harps a-twanging and you,
my Brown-Eyed Elf.
You, my Brown-Eyed Elf.

Do you remember when
We used to sing
Tra-la-la-la-la-lally La-La Fa La

Whatever happened
To Turnkey and Butler so drunk
Sleeping in the dungeon while
Full barrels rolled and rolled
We sent them on their way
Through black water dark and cold
Wondering why they floated so low
We sent them rolling, me and you
My Brown-Eyed Elf.
You, my Brown-Eyed Elf.

Do you remember when
We used to sing
Roll-Roll-Roll-Roll-Roll-Roll-Roll Rolling Down the hole


So hard to find good wine
Now that I'm all on my own
I saw you just the other day
Now even your hair is brown
Climbing all our favorite old trees
Sometimes I'm overcome laughing 'bout it
Rolling thirteen dwarves in barrels
Downstream to Laketown, me and
You, my Brown-Eyed elf
You, my Brown-Eyed Elf.

Do you remember when
We used to sing
Tra-La-La-La-La-La-La-Lally Fa-La-La La
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I love that Mark!! I wish I could parody some songs - I am not creative enough!
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There's a whole subculture... it's called Filk... my sister, Helva Peters, won great reknown as a minstrel in their ranks. I only dabble once in a while.

That one was calling me though! Of course Legolas was not present during Bilbo's midsummer Tra-La-La-Lally. More's the pity. But I suppose, given the choice between laughing at dwarves or rolling them into a stream-- in the end any self-respecting wood-elf would have chosen the latter.

Heave ho! Splash plump! Down they go, down they bump!
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I think, in addition there is another thread devoted to Led Zep and Tolkien. Without having to find it and post the link (as that's far too complicated a procedure for such as I), what I basically said there was that Robert Plant denied Stairway ever being about Tolkien's work. In the Zep book Hammer of the Gods it states that he was very much interested in fantasy and celtic literature around that time, as were many people, and as such, these influences came out in his lyrics. Though, I don't see how he could deny the influence of Lord of the Rings in songs such as Ramble On, which mentions Gollum and Mordor, and Misty Mountain Hop.
I also heard that Robert Plant denied that STH was about Tolkien's work. But somehow I think that maybe it had a little teeny influence...

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Misty Mountain Hop - alludes to Misty Mountains
Over the Hills and Far Away - alludes to Misty Mountains
Ramble On - mentions "Mordor" and "Gollum"
The Battle of Evermore - Battle of Pelennor Field
That's an awesome link, and I was going to mention the song 'Ramble On', but you got to it first. (Most likely because you were a member before me.. )

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- Evanescence - Forgive Me
A lot of songs from Evanescence's 'Origin' CD reminds me of something about Middle-earth.
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Old 08-17-2005, 07:20 AM   #55
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Planxty Noel Hill by The Pogues (very hobbity)
Sgt MacKenzie by Joseph Kilna MacKenzie
I'll Go With You from the We Were Soldiers soundtrack
Streets of London by Ralph McTell aswell
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Nightwish's "Away" has a sort of sad elvish feel to it:

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The days were brighter
Gardens more blooming
The nights had more hope
In their silence
The wild was calling
Wishes were whispering
The time was there
But without a meaning

Away, away in time
Every dream´s a journey away
Away to a home away from care
Everywhere´s just a journey away

The days departed
Gardens deserted
This frail world
My only rest ?

The wild calls no more
Wishes so hollow
The Barefoot Boy
weeping in an empty night

Away, away in time
Every dream´s a journey away
Away to a home away from care
Everywhere´s just a journey away

Cherish the moment
Tower the skies
Don´t let the dreamer
fade to grey like grass

No falling for life
A gain for every loss
Time gathered me
But kept me flying
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The Icelandic band Sigur Rós make the most Elvish music I know.

Also I've recently become more aware of the plethora of metal bands who reference Tolkien. There's Isengard and Gorgoroth, and just the other day I got a free CD with a track by a band called Battle Lore called 'Troll Shaws'.

That whole Battle Metal genre is just mad.

There's a Scots band called Belle & Sebastian, who recount a discussion about The Lord of the Rings in the inlay of one of their albums. They were asking which towers were the Two Towers (interestingly, they only mentioned four of them and left out the tower I always argue for: Cirith Ungol ).
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The Icelandic band Sigur Rós make the most Elvish music I know.
Eomer, a post like that sends me scrambling to Amazon for samples-- but I must have chosen the wrong samples. I don't understand why you hear elves in their music from the samples I chose; so-- Hint me here! Which songs/ albums are you referring to? And what about them strikes you as elvish/ elvishness?
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There's a Scots band called Belle & Sebastian, who recount a discussion about The Lord of the Rings in the inlay of one of their albums.
Which album? I've not seen that - mind you, I gave up on looking at album sleeve notes when they stopped doing vinyl as it just lost all the excitement.
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Which album? I've not seen that - mind you, I gave up on looking at album sleeve notes when they stopped doing vinyl as it just lost all the excitement.

It's on the Dear Catastrophe Waitress CD. I call such comments "liner notes" but then I go back to vinyl. They are signed "Stuart" and dated 21st July '03.

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The subject moves around the 'The Two Towers.'

"I mean, what were the Two Towers anyway? In the film it makes out they were Saruman's bit and Sauron's bit. I always thought it was meant to be Minas Tirith and Minas Morgul."

I kind of agree with him. That would make the most poetic sense. There are four towers to choose from though. Orthanc, Morgul, Tirith and Garad-Dur.

"I'm surprised Tolkien didn't give the Hobbits a tower as well."

Well they had a sort of mound.

They (sic) are twelve ways you can pick two towers from four, right? Pick one from four and then one from the remaining. Three times four is twelve....I got to get out more. But I am out! Maybe I've got to stay in.
I wouldn't put too much stock in that as the notes are all a bit random really. Maybe just a bit like the attitude of some here. Scotch that. It's all random. I was told where to hang if I wanted to meet them when I was in Glasgow. But I saw them here. Great performance, fun, whimsical, entertaining, interactive. Nothing about Tolkien there unless you'd want to consider the performance a bit Hobbitish.


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I don't understand why you hear elves in their music from the samples I chose; so-- Hint me here! Which songs/ albums are you referring to? And what about them strikes you as elvish/ elvishness?
I won't answer for Eomer but I certainly hear the elves in Siggur Ros' CD ( ). It is first of all very emotionally evocative music. But I hear plaintive longing for times past all wrapped up with keening about a poignant loss that is about to come. Maybe it's something circum-polar, to do with the midnight sun and lightless days.
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Old 08-20-2005, 08:47 AM   #61
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Bêthberry's post has made my reply quite redundant.

It's true that there's nothing Tolkien-esque about Belle & Sebastian. The Two Towers bit made me laugh, though.

And yes, as regards Sigur Rós, I am chiefly thinking of the albums () and Ágætis byrjun. I think the music is quite otherworldly and more beautiful than anything I've ever heard. About the Elvish comment; I'm not actually too fond of the music that the films used for the Elves. I think it's hard to find the criticism, but it seems as though they were trying too hard to 'put it on', if you see what I mean. It seemed a bit fake, just a little bit tiresome. Sigur Ros make me 'see' Elves, whereas the Elves' theme in the movies just makes me think of Liv Tyler.

Ba ba ti ki di do is less Elvish and I have not heard Von.
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Here's one:

White Flag
Dido

I know you think that I shouldn't still love you,
Or tell you that.
But if I didn't say it, well I'd still have felt it
where's the sense in that?

I promise I'm not trying to make your life harder
Or return to where we were

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I know I left too much mess and
destruction to come back again
And I caused nothing but trouble
I understand if you can't talk to me again
And if you live by the rules of "it's over"
then I'm sure that that makes sense

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

And when we meet
Which I'm sure we will
All that was there
Will be there still
I'll let it pass
And hold my tongue
And you will think
That I've moved on....

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be


Every time I hear this song, I picture Aragorn coming up the Anduin in the corsair boats unfurling the standard of Arwen. And then it makes me think of them and their love. I realllllllllllly like this song because it reminds me of LotR. There's another one that reminds me of LotR, I forget which one though.
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Mary Fahl's "Going Home" makes me think of Sam - well, of all the hobbits - and their love for the Shire, but not only of them. Of anyone, really, who loves his home and the land, anyone who's had to wander and follow that road to lands far away.

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Going Home - Gods and Generals

They say there’s a place
where dreams have all gone
They never said where
but I think I know
It’s miles through the night
just over the dawn
on the road that will take me home

I know in my bones
I’ve been here before
The ground feels the same
though the land’s been torn
I’ve a long way to go
The stars tell me so
on this road that will take me home

Love waits for me ‘round the bend
Leads me endlessly on
Surely sorrows shall find their end
and all our troubles will be gone
And I’ll know what I’ve lost
and all that I’ve won
when the road finally takes me home

And when I pass by
don’t lead me astray
Don’t try to stop me
Don’t stand in my way
I’m bound for the hills
where cool waters flow
on this road that will take me home

Love waits for me ‘round the bend
Leads me endlessly on
Surely sorrows shall find their end
and all our troubles will be gone
And we’ll know what we’ve lost
and all that we’ve won
when this road finally takes me home

I’m going home
I’m going home
I’m going home
It's from the movie "Gods and Generals," interestingly enough. You can listen to it here. It honestly took me a long time to get used to it... but it has really, really grown on me. "Surely sorrows will find their end... we'll know what I've lost and all that we've won when the road finally takes me home..." The melody is lovely. It's mournful and sad, almost bittersweet - but the sweet outweighs the bitter. It's as if the healing has begun.
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You don't have to be too elaborate with this, it could be just a simple nursery ryme that makes you feel like your in middle earth. ~Musical Ka~
The most obvious for me is "Hey Diddle, Diddle" when Tolkien cleverly makes it much longer and more adult-ish and puts in that line "Only a few words of it are now, as a rule, remembered". How brilliant to tie in 'fantasy-history' and real-present.
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I know of a song that matchs the scence when Aragorn and Arwen meet again in Lothlorien. It comes from the Walt Disney cartoon version of Robin Hood. Around the song childhood sweethearts Robin Hood and Maid Marian had just reunited after she had been in London for some time:
Love it seems like only yesterday
You were just a child at play
Now your all grown up, inside of me
Oh how fast those moments flee
Once we watched a lazy world go by
Now the days seem to fly
Life is brief but when it's gone
Love Goes on and on.

Love will Live
Love will Last
Love goes on and on and on

Then it goes into musical interludes and repeating of parts of the lyric

Yeah, that does ring true! The song I think of is a song by Jaci Velasquez, whom I'm normally not a fan of. I'm searching for the lyrics now, but she sang a song called "Take Me Back To You" about returning to the days of innocence in childhood when God watched over her. It reminds me so much of the Cottage of Lost Play in the Books of Lost Tales. Somehow, it also reminds me of my own childhood...particularly in my parents' bedroom when the whispy blue curtains were gently blowing in the cool spring breeze. I cannot find lyrics. But the song goes something like this. Oh wait, here they are!

Lord, I'm in the dark,
Seems to me the line is dead when I come calling.
No one there, the sky is falling;

Lord, I need to know.
My mind is playing games again,
You're right where You have always been.

Take me back to You,
The place that I once knew as a little child;
Constantly the eyes of God watched over me.
Oh, I want to be
In the place that I once knew as a little child,
Fall into the bed of faith prepared for me.

I will rest in You,
I will rest in You,
I will rest in You.

Tell me I'm a fool,
Tell me that You love me for the fool I am,
[And*] comfort me like only You can,
And tell me there's a place
Where I can feel Your breath
Like sweet caresses on my face again.

Take me back to You,
The place that I once knew as a little child;
Constantly the eyes of God watched over me.
Oh, I want to be
In the place that I once knew as a little child,
Fall into the bed of faith prepared for me.

I will rest in You,
I will rest in You,
I will rest in You.

*Snips out a few la-la-la's and repeats*

Take me back to You.
The place that I once knew as a little child;
Constantly the eyes of God watched over me
Oh, I want to be
In the place that I once knew as a little child,
Fall into the bed of faith prepared for me.

I will rest in You,
I will rest in You,
I will rest in You.

You have to understand, unless you've heard the song, you probably won't feel what it made me feel.
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I neglected to mention another song with more national (perhaps international) recognition which reminds me of the tales and concepts of sailing beyond the world's end, to the white shores beyond the seas, and of the voyage of Earendil, or the longing put in the hearts of men by Iluvatar. The song is George Strait's "You'll Be There."

Hope is an anchor, and love is a ship
Time is the ocean and life is a trip
You don't know where you're going
Til you know where you're at
And if you can't read the stars
Well you better have a map
A compass and a conscience
so you don't get lost at sea
Around some lonely island, no one wants to be

From the beginning of creation, I think our maker had plan
For us to leave these shores and sail beyond the sand
And let the good light guide to the waves and the wind
To the beaches and a world where have never been
And we'll climb upon a mountain, y'all we'll let our voices ring
Those who've never tried they'll be the first to sing

CHORUS:
Woah My My
I'll see you on the other side
If I make it
And it might be a long hard ride
But I'm gonna take it
Sometimes it seems I don't have a prayer
Let the weather take me anywhere
But I know I wanna go
Where the streets are gold
Cause you'll be there

Oh my my

You don't bring nothing with you here
And you can't take nothing back
I ain't never seen a hearse, with a luggage rack
So I've torn my knees from praying
Scarred my back from falling down
Spent so much time flying high, til I'm face first in the ground
So if you're up there watching me, can you talk to God and say,
Tell him I might need a hand to see a boat someday

Repeat Chorus

Cause you'll be there

Oh my my


Try clicking for a sample here:
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Or if that doesn't work, you can visit Amazon.com's page and listen to a sample: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...music&n=507846
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well i can't name any specific songs but there is this one band called "Flogging Molly," they are sort of a punk-rock-alternative Irish band, all of there songs seem to remind of Middle Earth. Its strange I'll be sitting there like reading and one there songs will come on and right away I start thinkging of Middle Earth! everytime!
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The most obvious for me is "Hey Diddle, Diddle" when Tolkien cleverly makes it much longer and more adult-ish and puts in that line "Only a few words of it are now, as a rule, remembered". How brilliant to tie in 'fantasy-history' and real-present.

I really agree, I was surprised when I saw that in the book for the first time. Especially when the 'cow' part was so playfully and masterfully included as well. It makes you believe how much of an Orpheus Tolkien was.


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Here's one:

White Flag
Dido
I like the song very much. It reminds me of LotR, but only because I tried to make a filk of it The chorus was something like this:
"I will be bold and resist
I won't put my sword down and surrender
There will be no red eye in my flag
'cos I am free and always will be."

Not very good but making it was funny...

Laibach (especially album Kapital) is very mordorish. Or the sound at least. I can't say about the words since I don't know any german.
And I agree that Nightwish is very Lotrish... (and damn good; I'm also proud that they're from Finland )
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Every time I hear this song, I picture Aragorn coming up the Anduin in the corsair boats unfurling the standard of Arwen.
Excellent stuff, Glirdan! I love that song, and am happy you have found another dimension to it. It fits in nicely with Aragorn and his never give up attitude!

Whilst there aren't any songs I have heard that remind me of LOTR, aside from something obvious like Ramble On by Led Zep, I think that part of After the Gold Rush by Neil Young espouses the longing for the romance of medieval stories which is largely responsible for my love of Tolkien's stories:

Well I dreamed I saw the knights in armour coming
saying something about a queen
there were peasants singing
and drummers drumming
and the archer split the tree
there was a fanfare blowing to the sun
that was floating on the breeze

I also must mention May it Be by Enya. I know it was made specifically for the FOTR movie, but it just captures the essence of Frodo and his plight so beautifully. It is totally LOTR, and I hazard a guess that even Tolkien himself would have been happy with that song.
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There is a song called King Of The Mountain by Kate Bush that, for me, really reminds me of that scene in the Hobbit when all the Dwarves get their instruments out and play the song about going and freeing the Lonely Mountain. I would post the lyrics but that it's not those that remind me, it's the music, and that one line 'king of the mountain', which I continually mishear as 'king under the mountain'.
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There is a song called King Of The Mountain by Kate Bush that, for me, really reminds me of that scene in the Hobbit when all the Dwarves get their instruments out and play the song about going and freeing the Lonely Mountain.
Great song and great album (although we Kate Bush fans have waited long enough for it ... ).

I would most definately agree that the song has a distinct Middle-earth feel to it. Indeed, much of Kate Bush's music does. Perhaps it's the Celtic influence.
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One song which has often made me think of ME is Two Horizons by Moya Brennan. Tara itself is the seat of the kings of old and it's not far out for me to add some first age elves onto that. The song is so beautiful and so sad at the same time.


"Hard to believe when the heart is so broken
Storms in the valley hide words never spoken

I hear the sounds
Two horizons sing
The harp that once through Tara

Silver moon stands when the morning is rising
Chasing the wind to the crystal horizon
Hard to believe when the signs are uncertain
Courage be born then our world will stop hurting

I hear the sounds
Two horizons sing
Two horizons burn
The harp that once through Tara"
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The Battle of Evermore by Led Zeppelin of course.
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I would most definately agree that the song has a distinct Middle-earth feel to it. Indeed, much of Kate Bush's music does.
Night scented Stock from Never for Ever always makes me think of Grey Havens, and you'd better not ask why, because it's just a feeling...
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The Battle of Evermore of course.
The amusing thing is that Plant and Page totally deny that they were influenced by Tolkien when writing their lyrics (see Hammer Of The Gods, definitive Zep bio), but the evidence against them is a bit heavy. The Battle of Evermore mentions Ringwraiths, Ramble On mentions Gollum and Misty Mountain Hop is self-explanatory. The fact that Jimmy Page at this stage used to go on stage dressed as a wizard only adds to it all.


Hmm, I have some more to add to the list of music. If you like The Battle of Evermore how about Fairport Convention's album Liege And Leaf? Sandy Denny who sings on 'Battle..' was the late singer for Fairport. A lot of the old late 60s/early 70s acid folk songs make me think of Tolkien; Vashti Bunyan's album Just Another Diamond Day is Hobbit music - simple, delicate and whimsical. Then finally there's Kate Rusby's Underneath The Stars - beautiful...

Oh, and if you want something to remind you of something darker in Tolkien's work, the very scary Come To Daddy by Aphex Twin always makes me think of the scene where the Witch-king threatens to take Eowyn off to the Houses of Lamentation. Brrrr!
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Now that the dark side is mentioned, Nine Inch Nails' "The Becoming" reminds me of the emergence of the Nazgûl (that we know so outrageously few of).
It's a very cold and brutal song about a person who feels that he himself is taken over by something else. The last two lines of the lyrics are repeated several times and in two voices thus adding to that feeling of schizophrenia I connect with the Ringwraiths in their earliest condition.
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If I had to say which reminds me about the LotR, it would be also few ones from Led Zeppelin, but not Battle of Evermore (although it fits in there and it surprised me when I first heard it some time later). Btw I really don't think BoE refers just to Middle-Earth: apart from mentioning the Ringwraith, there is no distinct mention of anything else of Tolkien, and I think it's more or less "general" - about fantasy, or fairytales, and so on. There is also one song from a band I actually don't know, they are not my kind of music, but I noticed that in one of their songs - otherwise they don't have anything in common with Tolkien or even fantasy at large - they sing about a man who returns home drunk or something like that, don't know the text, just there is a word about his wife, that she "cried like hurt Nazgul".
I'm actually surprised no one has mentioned the Blind Guardian (or maybe I overlooked it?). Their album "Nightfall in Middle-Earth", which is all about Silmarillion, and sole songs like "Lord of the Rings" I don't find actually drawing me to the world of Tolkien, but they talk about it nonetheless, so I'm surprised they were not even mentioned (especially, if there were Nightwish mentioned, who are very similar kind of music, but do not sing about LotR explicitely, and the BG do - at least in these few songs).

But back to the original question, songs which remind ME of ME (ahem... you know what I mean ) are some from Clannad, but as well Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven (as someone has already mentioned) and Black Dog (don't ask me why; I just used to have them on tape - ah, the ancient times - together, and it reminds me somehow of the other Wizards than Gandalf. Yeah, when I listen to it, I imagine Radagast, Saruman, and the Blue Wizards. But don't ask me why, really don't know). There are also songs where the feeling is more common, like Pink Floyd's "Breathe". And yeah, I could add some songs from the Beatles remind me of Frodo and Sam's journey to Mordor: namely "With A Little Help From My Friends", "A Day in the Life", "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Strawberry Fields Forever"
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Legate, you might be amused by this: mad Led Zep & Tolkien page. In addition to Ringwraiths, Plant wrote about The Dark Lord, so that might be another, but the guy on this page says there is 'no Avalon' in Tolkien but there is Avallone (how much Tolkien has he read, eh?). You're correct, Plant and Page deny they wrote any of their songs 'about' Tolkien, and if you look at them they're actually a big jumbled mess of all kinds of things. Plant was indeed a big Tolkien fan, but those were erm....'heady' times for Led Zep and I strongly suspect they were not always fully 'sober' when writing lyrics. But the atmosphere of the song is most conducive to thoughts of Tolkien's work at least...
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