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5.0 out of 5 stars New edition of a classic JRRT book, 2 Nov. 2002
This review is from: The Road Goes Ever On (Hardcover)
This is a new 3rd edition of Donald Swann's song cycle based on J.R.R. Tolkien's poems. Old-timers like me still treasure the first two editions (1968 and 1978) because JRRT approved of this work and actually contributed to it! In addition to Swann's musical score, the volume includes some of JRRT's Elvish calligraphy, his discussion of Elvish words not published anywhere else, and his own translations of two Elvish songs from The Lord of the Rings: A! Elbereth Gilthoniel and Namarie (Galadriel's Lament). In addition, this new edition includes a setting to music of Beren's song for Luthien, some of JRRT's most beautiful lines...Finally, the book even comes with the old recording of these songs on compact disk for the first time! Finally, a replacement for the old LP.
One amusing detail in this book appears in the song Errantry (also printed in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil). In that song, written long ago, JRRT used the name "Dumbledore." Did R. K. Rowling think no one would notice?
The old editions of this book have always been treasures for serious JRRT collectors, and it's great to have the new edition and the recordings on CD. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good buy for the Tolkien fan, 16 Jun. 2003
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This is a good addition to a tolkien collection even if you have the original edition as it as some extra information. I bought it really for the CD as I have the original edition but not the LP. Probably not one for the general reader unless you can read music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The road goes ever on - Tolkien/Swann, 14 July 2011
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Although this collection is very much of its time, the ever increasing popularity of the Lord of the Rings gives it a continuing appeal to those who love Tolkien's books and would like bring the songs of the characters in them to life. I bought the book because I remembered playing the songs 30 odd years ago and had a sudden urge to revisit them. I was not disappointed; the tunes fit well with the songs, and are evocative and melodious. Although the pieces ideally need a full size piano keyboard, only minor adaptations are required to play them on a smaller one. Guitar parts are included. The playing difficulty varies, but pianists of about grade 3 standard should be able to have a good stab at this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tolkien songs, 7 Oct. 2010
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I am a fan of everything Tolkien so had to have these songs. The book is beautifully produced. Donald Swan's settings are good, but don't feel quite how I imagine Middle Earth.It is good to get the CD as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brill !!!!!, 18 Dec. 2012
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Had this book years ago at uni, and of course it was leant to someone and never returned. So I am really happy to have it in my hands again.
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