Friday, June 23, 2006

The Poetics of Tolkien Europop

Let's face it. No good music has come out of Europe since the Baroque period ... until now. The drought it over, and "They're Taking the Hobbits to Isengard," while not to the level of JS Bach, might be to the level of JC Bach.

On the just-as-fun-but-more-interesting front, The Valve has a discussion of the prosody of the tune.

hat tip What's the Rumpus?


  1. Did you see my comment re: the line as OE verse? You're more qualified to comment -- what did you think? Did I make any mistakes?

  2. I'm not sure about my qualifications to comment, because, although I am the author of a published poem that deals with the topic of life in Alabama using Old English metrics, it is my only poem. On other other hand, I've probably cornered the market there.

    I would say that you're on the money. Scanning verse is infinitely more complex that we lead students to realize (lest they despair), so I would say that the meter of the line is perfectly acceptable OE verse, though, as you point out, it doesn't alliterate.

  3. Why is that little tune so damn catchy? I was delighted that my kid wanted me to play it over and over and over and over during our vacation, and that he sang its infectious lyrics from the rocks of Maine.

    Of course, I eventually had to threaten to take HIM to Isengard.