The Bladesmith’s Prayer

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A song sung by Thored himself. An old traditional song handed down by the bladesmiths of the Dwarves and sung over the hot forge. One can hear the piety involved in crafting fine blades. This is no mere art, but a gift and a calling to create tools so symbolic and functional. This song is dedicated to the original Mad Dwarf; Dave DelaGardelle.

lyrics

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

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from Songs of the Dwarves, released December 11, 2012

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Lonely Mountain Band New York, New York

"I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama..."
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