"Thus Gandalf Softly Sang"

Words by J.R.R. Tolkien
Music & Arrangement by Brian Buller Copyright 2014

Melody adapted from the audio book version of The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Book 2) by J.R.R. Tolkien; narrated by Rob Inglis; published by Recorded Books Incorporated (2001). www.recordedbooks.com Absolutely no copyright infringement intended.

Text/Lyrics:
"In Dwimordene, in Lórien
Seldom have walked the feet of Men,
Few mortal eyes have seen the light
That lies there ever, long and bright.
Galadriel! Galadriel!
Clear is the water of your well;
White is the star in your white hand;
Unmarred, unstained is leaf and land
In Dwimordene, in Lórien
More fair than thoughts of Mortal Men.

Thus Gandalf softly sang."
From The Two Towers; chapter "The King of the Golden Hall."

Notes...

Audio: Humble home studio effort, total rough mix, EQ is needed. Please adjust / tweak your audio devices to your preference. (;

Instrumentation: 90% acoustic- vocals, flute, whistles, recorders, frame drum (bodhran) all played by BB. Some pad/synth samples used to enhance low-end, drone, general ambiance.

Context: The text or lyrics to this song come from the chapter from the Two Towers entitled "The King of the Golden Hall." In a nutshell, the scene takes place in the Hall of Meduseld in Rohan, where King Theoden rules. Poor Theoden is under a spell of befuddlement and impotence via the meddling of Saruman (Sauroman) and the obnoxiously destructive council of Grima Wormtongue. As the companions -- Legolas, Gimly, Aragorn, and Gandalf -- respectfully approach King Theoden's seat, Wormtongue sets to work dissing the traveler's robes and generally being the annoying troublemaker that he is. Upon hearing Wormy disrespect the Lady of The Golden Wood, Gimli (who is Galadriel's #1 fan) has heard enough and takes a step forward to open a can of dwarvish whoop-ass on the pasty Worm. At this point Gandalf stays the fiery dwarf with his wizardly hand and begins to sing the following words to all present in the hall:

"In Dwimordene, in Lórien
Seldom have walked the feet of Men,
Few mortal eyes have seen the light
That lies there ever, long and bright.
Galadriel! Galadriel!
Clear is the water of your well;
White is the star in your white hand;
Unmarred, unstained is leaf and land
In Dwimordene, in Lórien
More fair than thoughts of Mortal Men.

Thus Gandalf softly sang."

Though I joke a little when describing this scene, it is one of my all-time favorite episodes in the LOTR literary saga. I really love how Gandalf conveys power through a softly sung song and then a moment later brings a thunderous and awe-inspiring power into play. The scene is pivotal and one of transformation.

Thanks for listening and reading. (: