The Springle Ring

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[page 15] With this issue of HOOM, we would like to start a music column if we can get enough response to help fill it with ideas. Many Tolkien fen like to toy With the idea of setting the poems in LotR and The Hobbit to music, either original or "borrowed" from songs already composed. There are also many original musical poems and parodies floating around fandom which have to do with Tolkien themes. Just to start things off, a setting is included on the following page--the Eagle's tidings which he bore to Gondor after the great victory (The Return of the King, page 241, Houghton Mifflin Ed.@)@ The music used is (roughly) that of the Enlarged Form of the Gloria in Excelsis from the Methodist Hymnal, based on an old Scottish chant. It is not, by the way, exclusive with the Methodist service, but is used in various other connections in other churches. It was felt that the dignity of this particular chant fitted well the majesty and triumphant words of the Eagle in this particular setting. The hymnal is a good source song settings, if you have no prejudices concerning the use of sacred music for such purposes. For instance, Sam's song in the orc tower (In western lands. . .) can be sung to "O God, Our Help in Ages Past." Frodo's song which he composed in memory of Gandalf (When evening in the Shire was grey. . .) fits the melody of "Abide With Me." Getting away from the use of the hymnal, The Ent's song (When Spring unfolds the beechen leaf. . .) can utilize the tune of "Old Lang Syne." Galadriel's song (I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold. . .) is quite effective when using the melody of "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes." Anyone have any favorite song settings they would care to pass along? It would be interesting to get enough of these to do a tape. There seems to be a lot of musical talent in fandom, and if enough song settings could be collected and recorded, it would certainly make an enjoyable bit of listening. There is always the danger of running into copyright trouble, but perhaps if a master tape could be made, and those interested in a copy [page16] {Musical notation: The clef is treble; the key is F major. Time, although not explicitly marked follows a 4/4 pattern. Almost all notes are marked with harmonies.} Sing now ye people of the Tower of Anor, for the Realm of Sau- ron is ended for- ever and the Dark Tower is throw-n down. Sing and rejoice, ye people of the tower of the Guard; For your watch hath not been in vain, and the Black Gate is broken, and your King is passed through And he is vic - tor - ious. Sing and be glad, all ye children of the West For your King shall come a - gain And he shall dwell among you all the days of your life, And the tree that was withered shall be re - newed. And he shall plant it in the hi - gh [page 17] {Musical notation: The clef, key, and time follow from the previous page: treble, F major, 4/4.} places And all the ci - ty shall be blessed. Sing all ye people! could supply their own reel of tape for dubbing, it could be done on a "friendly" exchange basis (as opposed to doing it for filthy money) and get by any legal entanglements. At least I don't know of any difficulties members of tapesponding clubs have had in making music exchanges, music round robins, etc. where music is copied on tape for friendly, non-commercial exchange. I have sufficient copying equipment to do the dubbing, if any of the fans interested in music want to help start a oollection of song settings. We would, of course, welcome any original settings that have been composed by any of you fans. And would like to print some of the songs gleaned from some of those con sessions. . .would you believe it--I hadn't heard the "Orcs Marching Song" until Ned Brooks sent me a tape a couple of months ago. Oh, I had _heard_ of it. That's why I think there must be lots of others who are interested in the musical angles of fandom, but haven't known where to learn about these mythical compositions. Perhaps HOOM can be a sounding board for this particular hang-up. . .we'll see. Joe has already included some record reviews in his column, and I like that. There is so much of today's music that "speaks" to those of us in fandom--perhaps because it, like fantasy and SF, is more imaginative than other forms of the art. So we'll welcome any reviews of the current record crop if you have something that really sends you, regardless of the "type". . .it can be rock, folk, or even classical. I have my own list of favorite classics "to read LotR by"--maybe you do, too., So let us hear from all you music lovers, and let's make this section a major portion of HOOM.

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