The Hobbit Songs

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“The mountain smoked beneath the moon; The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom.(15)” The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a tale comprised almost solely of mystique and heroics. One facet of this precious story is given through song. The songs are meant to give a picture of the past and also to foreshadow what is to come. In the case of the dwarf party, their songs spoke of a past event, the moving of a wind over the land, and their triumphant return to the halls of their ancestors. Song singing is a great medium for sharing information as well as feelings, and Tolkien used this medium well. First, the first song we hear through the book is Misty Mountain and was sung by the dwarves pining for their ancestral home. Thorin started the song and all joined in the retelling of their greatest defeat. They sing of a return to their home and of the wondrous happenings that once occurred there. Smaug’s coming is the solemn climax of this sorrowful song. 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. (15) Grimly ‘Misty Mountain’ sets up the book as a serious journey of a wronged people to restore their honor and family. The song delves deeper into the dwarves character and shows the determination to get justice and reclaim what is theirs, but in addition it shows them as a sophisticated race that were once kings and craftsmen. Misty Mountain leaves you feeling haunted and in
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