May 27th, 2012

elves & hobbits, elves, Rivendell farewell

Reading LotR Aloud: Book III Chapter 1, The Departure of Boromir; excerpt Part 1

Reading LotR Aloud: Book III Chapter 1, The Departure of Boromir; excerpt for the read_lotr_aloud community.

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I set Aragorn's song to the tune of "Fine Flowers in the Valley," a variant of "The Cruel Mother," which is one of Child's English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Child 20 to be precise. I think I learned this tune from a Richard Dyer-Bennet recording.

For Legolas's song, I chose the tune to a variant of another Child Ballad, "Willie O Winsbury" (Child 100). I believe I learned this tune from Pentangle's recording, but it might be someone else's.

They are two of the saddest early modern ballad tunes I have on tap to use, though "Willie O Winsbury" is such a happy little story, you just add a peppy beat and it becomes a much more cheery tune.

My voice, what little of it is making it through this season of rare and prolific pollens, is brought to you dryly, but unclogged by Mucinex-D.

As always, many thanks to lbilover for the transcription and putting all this together.

I had to split this reading into 2 parts because singing really does slow down a line, so please continue here.
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Reading LotR Aloud: Book III Chapter 1, The Departure of Boromir; excerpt Part 2

Reading LotR Aloud: Book III Chapter 1, The Departure of Boromir; excerpt for the read_lotr_aloud community.

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Once again, I set Aragorn's part to the tune of "Fine Flowers in the Valley," a variant of "The Cruel Mother," which is one of Child's English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Child 20 to be precise. I think I learned this tune from a Richard Dyer-Bennet recording.

As always, many thanks tolbilover for the transcription and putting all this together. The readings for the entire chapter will be here.