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The Road Goes Ever On: A Song Cycle

by J. R. R. Tolkien, Donald Swann (Composer)

Other authors: Samuel Hanks Bryant (Illustrator)

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Available for the first time in 25 years, this book of songs and sheet music, a collaboration between J. R. R. Tolkien and the composer Donald Swann, will delight Tolkien fans everywhere as the book to stand beside their copies of Lord of The Rings, the essays, poems and calendars. Includes a bonus CD containing performances of all the songs. In this song book the composer Donald Swann gives Tolkien characters Bilbo, Treebeard, Sam Gamgee and Tom Bombadil tunes for their ballads of the road. Professor Tolkien approved of this and added a tune of his own, decorated the book in his own hand and added a glossary of Elvish terms and lore that appears nowhere else.… (more)
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I liked this music better than many more serious musicians I knew did when it came out, especially Namarie and Treebeard's Song ( )
  antiquary | Aug 15, 2007 |
Donald Swann has put some of J. R. R. Tolkien's poems from "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" to music. In my opinion he did an excellent job of capturing the feeling of the poem in the music and I was disappointed when they were not used in the recent film adaptation of the stories. An excellent buy, particularly if you can play the piano or the guitar accompaniment.

Of interest to the non-musician are the translations of two elvish poems: "Namárië" and "A Elbereth Gilthoniel." ( )
  billlund | Jul 25, 2006 |
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Available for the first time in 25 years, this book of songs and sheet music, a collaboration between J. R. R. Tolkien and the composer Donald Swann, will delight Tolkien fans everywhere as the book to stand beside their copies of Lord of The Rings, the essays, poems and calendars. Includes a bonus CD containing performances of all the songs. In this song book the composer Donald Swann gives Tolkien characters Bilbo, Treebeard, Sam Gamgee and Tom Bombadil tunes for their ballads of the road. Professor Tolkien approved of this and added a tune of his own, decorated the book in his own hand and added a glossary of Elvish terms and lore that appears nowhere else.

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