Those Songs They Sing

There are, as you may have noticed, two prominent songs in The Hobbit, which, fortunately, are included in the trailer. Just for kicks, I decided to set down all the lyrics from each one, which I refer to as "Smash the plates" and "Misty mountains cold", just in case anybody was wondering what they are saying.

This one is very funny. It is a great cap to the silliness of the unexpected party.

Chip the glasses and crack the plates!
Blunt the knives and bend the forks!
That's what bilbo baggins hates-
Smash the bottles and burn the corks!

Cut the cloth and tread on the fat!
Pour the milk on the pantry floor!
leave the bones on the bedroom mat!
Splash the wine on every door!

Dump the crocks in a boiling bowl;
pound them up with a thumping pole;
and when you've finished if any are whole, 
send them down the hall to roll!

That's what bilbo Baggins hates! 
So carefully! Carefully with the plates!

The other one is  much longer and darker. 
In fact, it serves to sum up the backstory, so it's worth a listen

Far over the misty mountains cold
to dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
to seek the pale enchanted gold

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells
while hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells

For ancient king and elvish-lord
there many a  gleaming golden hoard 
they shaped and wrought, and light they caught
To hide in gems on hilt of sword

On silver necklaces they strung
The flowering stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, in twisted wire
they meshed the light of moon and sun

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away , ere break of day,
To claim our long-forgotten gold

Goblets they carved there for themselves
And harps of gold, where no man delves
There lay they long, and many a song
Was sung unheard by men or elves

The pines were roaring on the height, 
the winds were soaring in the night
the fire was red, it flaming spread; 
the trees like torches blazed with light

The bells were ringing in the dale,
And men looked up with faces pale;
Then dragon's ire more fierce than fire
laid low their towers and houses frail

The mountain smoked beneath the moon;
the dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom
They fled their hall to dying fall
beneath his feet, beneath the moon

Far over the the misty mountains grim
To dungeons deep and caverns dim
We must away, ere break of day, 
To win our harps and gold from him!

The first one doesn't work right unless they sing the whole thing, but of the second, partly because of length, they will probably stop at the second verse at most. In addition, since the second song provides the backbone of the story, the central melody of Howard Shore's Hobbit score is sure to be the same as the melody he creates for the song. And these are just the tip of the iceberg. Jackson left out all the great songs in LOTR, except the one which he converted from a happy walking song to a dark one of doom and misery... Here's hoping for awesomeness!

p.s. I just reread The Hobbit, and yes, with a bit of backstory and done Jackson style, it is 3 films. Cheers!


  1. I really like the song used in the first trailer, I have basically memorized it. But I hope the movie does not over use the songs, because I'm not a fan of songs in movies. Only 80 more days until the Hobbit!


    1. There's nothing to worry about. They'll sing the two above, and then there won't be any more, because there's no need to sing Misty mountains twice.

  2. Hey JT,
    I like both of the songs. :)
    I haven't been doing LOTR week as you can probably tell.
    I actually am not feeling like doing it now after having miss the first few days.:(
    I'm really sorry but I don't feel like doing it now.

    1. No problem. There really aren't that many different posts one can do anyway. The captioning contest is still open though.

  3. Okay, I will be participating in it once I think of some good captions. :)