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Instrumental Music for
J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

32 Songs on a Stereo Compact Disc

Copyright © Eugene C. Hargrove 1991


Volume Two

32 Songs - 46 minutes

Illustration: "Treebeard and the Ents," Copyright © Timothy Ide 1997

Songs and poems are in order of first appearance in The Lord of the Rings. The names and page numbers of most songs can be found in the index to titles in the third volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (HarperCollins in England; Houghton Mifflin and Ballantine in the U.S.). Exceptions: "Frodo's Song at Bree" is not included in Tolkien's title index. "Song of Nimrodel" is called "Song of Amroth" in some editions. "Old Walking Songs" is the melody for "The Old Walking Song" with words from "A Walking Song" and "The Wandering Elves Song."

The first stanza of "Gollum's Song" continues "to catch a fish, so juicy-sweet!" "Song in the Woods" concludes with "and there you'll find a pint of ale!"" "Tom Bombadil's Song" begins on page 171 of the Ballantine paperback edition with "Now let the song begin...." The third and fourth verses are on page 168 and the final verse on page 170. The second verse is the first stanza of the poem "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil" from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, which can be found in The Tolkien Reader.

The music was written by Eugene C. Hargrove, played on a synthesizer, recorded electronically onto a DAT master, and transferred to audio CD. The songs are in a variety of styles, from simple Hobbit folk songs to Numenorean and High Elven chants, reflecting the music of the Shire, Rohan, Gondor, the Ents, and the Elves -- even Gollum and the Dark Lord. For a discussion of premodern modal music, see the essay Music in Middle-Earth . For a commentary on individual songs, see About the Songs and Poems in The Lord of the Rings.


Sample Songs

  MPEG Audio (Stereo) @ 44100 Hz
16-Bit 128-kbps Layer III Sound Clips

The Eagle's Song (1.527MB) - About the Song The Ent's Marching Song (830K) - About the Song
Lament of the Rohirrim (1.165MB) - About the Song Song of Lebennin (679K) - About the Song

It is recommended that you listen to one or more songs before you order.

Customer Review -- I just received The Music of Middle-Earth . . . today, and I've really enjoyed listening to it. The best part of all 51 songs is the fact that each is original, and each, I believe, truly represents the theme expected from the song's title. You can just sing along with the actual song and they all fit so perfectly. I'd have to probably say that my favorite four would be (starting with the best): The Ent's Marching Song (I could just see the ents marching toward Isengard and the Tower of Orthanc!! Great Beat!!), Frodo's Lament for Gandalf (This song seemed very deep, beautifully depicting Frodo's morosity for the death of such a majestic being as Gandalf. I must ask, though, what was the synthesized last five or so seconds after the actual poem/song ends representative of?) [answer: fireworks], Oliphaunt (These magnificent creatures were wonderfully represented with this graceful song. I really liked the portion almost three-fourths of the way through on "Oliphaunt am I" with the bells or chimes.), and Adventure Song (I could just see the group of hobbits preparing for and starting the beginning of their long adventure!). Well, thanks again for the magic!

J. P. Charlton


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