Musical Moments of Inspiration

by Avondster, Nuroreiel and Lindorie

Musical inspiration? Wow! What a feast for the imagination….LOTR the musical. So many songs, so little time, even my non-ringer sister has been inspired. Some of our ideas follow. Take them and run if you like, or just enjoy them for the smiles they gave us in thinking of them.

Give my regards to Gondor, Remember me to Rivendell. Tell all my friends at the Green Dragon In that Mordor is like hell. (sorry, I knew that would get starred, but it fit so well.)

When the Galadriel’s in the fountain glade, and Eärendil aligns with Mars, Then Elrond sends the elves to war, Elven warriors travel far…This is the dawning of the age of me-eh-eh-en. Age of me-eh-eh-en, The a-age of men….the age of men.

He’s a Clean White Wizard, there has to be a twist, a clean white wizard ‘S got such a supple wrist. How do you think he did it? I don’t know. What makes him so clean?

During the Wizard’s duel, imagine…

Anything you can do, I can do better, I can do anything better than you. No you cant! Yes I can! No you cant! Yes I can! Yes I can! YES I CAN!

For Theoden when speaking to Aragorn on the battlements of Helm’s Deep:

Give me some men who are stout hearted men Who will fight for the land they adore…

Aragorn, at the point where he accepts his position:

I am the rightful king (You are! Hurrah for the rightful king) And it is, it is a glorious thing to be the rightful king!

One for the Dark Side also from Pirates of Penzance

When the Uruk bears his steel, Tarantara Tarantara!
Our opponents terror feel, Tarantara
We find the wisest thing Tarantara Tarantara
Is to slap our chests and sing Tarantara
For when threatened with our ire Tarantara, Tarantara!
Then their future is quite dire, Tarantara
There is nothing brings them down
Like the roaring, pounding sound
Like the roaring, pounding sound!

First thought - are they kidding?
But then I thought - hey, who would’ve believed they could make a musical out of a book like “Les Miserables”, let alone
that it would be a huge success? But they did and it was, so you never can tell. By the way, does anyone know if they’re planning on telling the whole story or just the Fellowship portion?

Second - two scenes immediately came to mind where I could picture a song -when Frodo and Sam are setting off on their adventure and when Boromir dies. The first one would be cheerful and light, with just a hint of a darker undertone - off we go for an adventure, what fun - although Frodo worries about the Ring. I saw the second one as a duet between Aragorn and Boromir, as Aragorn holds the dying man in his arms. (sniff, sniff)

Third - what a tough job for the actors, particularly the one who is chosen to play Frodo! Imagine having to overcome everyone’s idea of Elijah Wood and all the others who are now indelibly in our minds as those characters!

And last, some song ideas my husband and I came up with over dinner (because we just couldn't help ourselves)-

“Ogres and balrogs and orcs, oh my!”

“We’re off to see the wizard, the terrible wizard Sauron!”

and of course in honor of the Dwarves - “Hey ho, hey ho, it’s off to Moria we go!”

Setting: Gandalf & Bilbo at Bag End.

Bilbo: 'I want to see mountains again, mountains, Gandalf! And then find somewhere quiet where I can finish my book...'

Gandalf nods compassionately. Bilbo turns to get the teapot. He then suddenly whirls around in a pirouette,
the teapot in his hands, and starts bellowing "Somewhere over the Rainbow" at the top of his lungs.

Setting: Helm's Deep.

While fighting, both Men and Elves sing "It's a hard knock life" from Annie, while slashing tap-dancing Uruk-Hai.

Setting: Frodo & Sam at the foot of Mt. Doom

Frodo: 'I can't do this, Sam!'

Sam: 'Now now, Mr. Frodo, you've been sayin' that the whole time. You just get some sleep and you'll see it all in a different light when you wake.'

Frodo nods and is about to go to sleep, when Sam stands up (even though they are supposed to lay low),
puts his hands behind his back and, with glittering eyes and a happy smile, starts bellowing "Tomorrow" from Annie.

Frodo's eyes widen in horror, and slowly, blindly, his hands feel wander the ground, and find the handle of the frying pan...