Songs of the Dwarves

by Lonely Mountain Band

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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
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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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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
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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...
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Lyrics here: http://tolkien.cro.net/talesong/durin.html

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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 December 11, 2012

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"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..."
— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, from a letter written to Milton Waldman, ca. 1951 —
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