Songs of the Dwarves

by Lonely Mountain Band

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“The braying of horns, the fuming of tempers, the clanging of spear and shield. Call all the families of the dwarves to war!”
The Dwarves are very different from all the other races of popular fantasy; and likewise this latest Lonely Mountain Band album is very different from the preceding two albums. Beyond the Western Seas and Second Breakfast were collections of songs primarily based in the rustic roots of acoustic instruments; Halfling celebrations, Elven enchantment, and varied tales from a “minstrel with a wandering horse”. Galenhir, some know him as Galenswerd, is the minstrel I am in Middle-earth. By putting myself in the boots of this roving minstrel, I am able to wander the lands created by Tolkien and his predecessors like William Morris, and bring back songs and tales as gifts you my friends. The Dwarves, being utterly possessive of art and crafting of all sorts, have demanded I change some of the method for their chronicle in the Lonely Mountain Band archives. Dwarven music ranges from the obscene pub shanty to the highest form of orchestral hymns. This minstrel has tried to represent some of all of the conflicting emotions of the Dwarves. In all of it though, I have tried to tell some of the stories of the Dwarves. In a short album like this, one can only briefly touch upon some these epic themes and humourous outbursts.
Digital Download includes 11 page digital booklet with lyrics, stories & art.

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released 11 December 2012

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Track Name: The Arkenstone
In ages past the maker
Lay me down in the mountain
Created light within me
The Hands of a King to Daylight bring
Ten Thousand Sparks of Rainbow Light
Tried in the Fire of a Dragons Might
The Heart of the Mountain I remain
The precious stone they famed me

Ten Thousand Sparks of Rainbow Light
Saved at last by the Thief in the Night
On the Heart of the King I remain
The Arkenstone they named me
Track Name: The Bladesmith’s Prayer
I breakfast with the sun every morning
Stoke the fire, wake the forge
Tie my braided hair, don my apron
Tremble under tools handed down by the fathers

The hammer feels heavy on my hands today
I bow my heart and remember to pray

Oh Maker of the Earth and the Children
Hammer of the One, hear my cry
Forge in me a heart of molten rock
Until the Seven Fathers rise
I seek not seven hoards
Nor the seven rings
Nor greed of gold that they bring
Give my arm great strength
Bid my anvil sing
Let this blade to the orc
Vengeance bring

I supper with this song every evening
A fireside ale, time to rest the forge
Loose my braided beard, hang my apron
I brood upon the craft handed down by the fathers
The hammer felt light in my hand today
I thank the Maker for this Dwarven Blade
Track Name: Lúki's Beard
Well oh, Luki’s beard is long and grey
Ha, me dwarves!
Luki’s beard is long and grey,
The prettiest beard in Durin’s Day
A-ha, me dwarves ah-rhydl-ai-dai
A-ha, me dwarves ah-rhydl-ai-dai

Well oh, Luki’s axe was fine for cutting,
Ha, me dwarves!
Luki's axe was fine for cutting,
A goblin’s neck or bread in the morning
A-ha, me dwarves ah-rhydl-ai-dai
A-ha, me dwarves ah-rhydl-ai-dai

Well I says "Luki the beer is brown"
Ha, me dwarves!
I says "Luki the beer is brown"
"Our wives are few and they’re underground"
A-ha, me dwarves ah-rhydl-ai-dai
A-ha, me dwarves ah-rhydl-ai-dai

Well I says Luki "I don't care"
Ha, me dwarves!
I says Luki "I don't care"
"We go to war in the spring of the year"
A-ha, me dwarves ah-rhydl-ai-dai
A-ha, me dwarves ah-rhydl-ai-dai

Oh, Luki's saving up his gold
Ha, me dwarves!
Luki’s saving up his gold
For a mithril shirt from the days of old,
A-ha, me dwarves ah-rhydl-ai-dai
A-ha, me dwarves ah-rhydl-ai-dai

Well, in Luki's forge the hammer falls,
Ha, me dwarves!
In Luki's forge the hammer falls,
He’s gone to sing in Aule’s halls,
A-ha, me dwarves ah-rhydl-ai-dai
A-ha, me dwarves ah-rhydl-ai-dai

Well oh, Luki’s beard is long and grey
Ha, me dwarves!
Luki’s beard is long and grey,
The prettiest beard in Durin’s Day
A-ha, me dwarves ah-rhydl-ai-dai
A-ha, me dwarves ah-rhydl-ai-dai
Track Name: The Iron Hills
I held your hand
When you breathed your last
There beside the Silverlode flowing fast

But we held the vale
And suffered not in vain
Only halting before Durin's bane

And the wars we've won
and deeds we've done
echo down Iron Hills today

On a dark winters day
We held evil at bay
Though I lost my brothers in the fray

And the wars we've won
And deeds we've done
Are songs in the Hills today...
Track Name: Durin's Awakening Song (2012 Remaster)
Lyrics here: http://tolkien.cro.net/talesong/durin.html