JRR Tolkien Poetry

I’m a sucker for epic fantastical/mythological poetry, and the poems of JRR Tolkien are no exception. For your reading pleasure, I’d like to post “Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold” — a poem found within the chapter “An Unexpected Party” of The Hobbit. Most of you are probably familiar with the modified version of the song sung by Richard Armitage and the dwarves in The Hobbit movie (my 5-year-old son is a big fan of the song). The poem/song explains the backstory of Thorin and Company, and foreshadows the adventure to come for the group.

The Misty Mountains

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day,
To see the pale enchanted gold.

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.

For ancient king and elvish lord
There many a gleaming golden hoard
They shaped and wrought, and light they caught
To hide in gems on hilt of sword.

On silver necklaces they strung
The flowering stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, in twisted wire
They meshed the light of moon and sun.

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day,
To claim our long-forgotten gold.

Goblets they carved there for themselves
And harps of gold; where no man delves
There lay there long, and many a song
Was sung unheard by men or elves

The pines were roaring on the height,
The winds were moaning in the night.
The fire was red, it flaming spread;
The trees like torches blazed with light.

The bells were ringing in the dale
And men looked up with faces pale;
Then dragon’s ire more fierce than fire
Laid low their towers and houses frail.

The mountains 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.

Far over the misty mountains grim
To dungeons deep and caverns dim
We must away ere break of day,
To win our harps and gold from him!

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