Poetry of J.R.R. Tolkien

Discussions about the Professor's poetic verses from Middle-earth
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Postby Lindariel » Tue Oct 02, 2007 2:14 pm

Yes, Marbretherese, I am a classically trained opera singer -- a soprano leggiero to be precise -- which means I'm not quite a true coloratura and the voice isn't quite big enough to be a true lyric. A frustrating situation when one is just dying to sing Puccini and Verdi, and it just doesn't quite fit! Ah, well. I am also a versatile actress, and I wound up doing a little bit of everything from opera to musical theatre, operetta to oratorio, as well as non-musical plays, both dramatic and comedic. It was a lot of fun, and I got some wonderful reviews. Now my older daughter, who is turning 11 today, is planning for a career on the stage. More power to her!

I agree that Gilbert would probably have been delighted with The Professor's work, especially his poetry. The complex rhyme schemes and sophisticated word usage would surely have appealed to his love of language. Too bad they were not contemporaries!
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Postby marbretherese » Tue Oct 02, 2007 4:13 pm

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Postby Iolanthe » Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:31 am

It's all Gilbert and Sullivan's fault :lol: .

Lindariel, it sounds like you've had such fun with your voice! Think how gloomy you would have been with all those Puccini and Verdi roles :wink: . Though I really understand the desire to let rip with all those glorious phrases.

I think this comparison between Tolkien and Gilbert's use of words has been really interesting. I think Gilbert would also have liked Princess Mee, not so much for the words as the sheer 'topsy-turveyness' of it (literally as well as figuratively :lol: ).

This whole poem is delightful. Not just the charm of the story but the way Tolkien mirrors the lines through the last verse as Mee is mirrored by Shee:

So still on her own
An elf alone
Dancing as before
With pearls in hair
And kirtle fair
And slippers frail
Of fishes' mail went Mee:
Of fishes' mail
And slippers frail
And kirtle fair
With pearls in hair went Shee!
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Postby Merry » Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:26 pm

I think I read somewhere that JRRT wrote very clever limericks about his fellow faculty members that also exhibited this kind of wordplay. Wish I could remember more about this!
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Postby marbretherese » Sat Nov 24, 2007 4:58 pm

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Postby Iolanthe » Sun Nov 25, 2007 2:49 pm

I'm thrilled that you've found more evidence that Tolkien was a Gilbert and Sullivan fan :D . I was both astonished and delighted when Priscilla said that both he and Edith were G&S lovers at the Tolkien Conference last year. She said that they went to everything they could whenever it was on. It's great to find these little forgotten snippets to back it up!
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Postby Philipa » Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:07 am

You know what's really freaky? I was listening to my extended FoTR recordings the other day and came upon the drinking song Merry and Pippin did in the movie. While looking into some poetry from Tolkien I did chance upon this poem ... and instantly, the same tune applied to this poem is used in the movie recordings. You know the one I mean

Farewell Song of Merry and Pippin

Farewell we call to hearth and hall!
Though wind may blow and rain may fall,
We must away ere break of day
Far over wood and mountain tall.

To Rivendell, where Elves yet dwell
In glades beneath the misty fell,
Through moor and waste we ride in haste,
And whither then we cannot tell.

With foes ahead, behind us dread,
Beneath the sky shall be our bed,
Until at last our toil be passed,
Our journey done, our errand sped.

We must away! We must away!
We ride before the break of day!


Am I going nut??
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Postby Iolanthe » Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:07 am

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Postby Philipa » Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:00 pm

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Postby Merry » Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:11 am

No, Mippin are too well-bred for that!

Some of the lyrics to that song were taken from the bath song at Crickhollow, if I remember correctly: sweet is the sound of the falling rain, etc.
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Postby Philipa » Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:02 pm

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Postby Iolanthe » Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:53 pm

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Postby Iolanthe » Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:34 pm

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