Music Monday: Misty Mountains

Over half-term break, we watched the Hobbit trilogy on DVD. It’s not my favourite Tolkien work, but I enjoyed the movies more than the book. My six-year-old, on the other hand, was overjoyed, watching the second and third part back to back without coming up for air. I don’t blame him.

Throughout the past decade, I’ve been a sucker for the LotR soundtracks, and Howard Shore has done it again. We all agreed that the ‘Misty Mountains’ theme is the highlight of the entire score. Then I got on Last.fm, saw the description for the Richard Armitage & The Dwarf Cast artist tag, and cracked up.

Homely and hirsute Dwarvish crooners whose repertoire includes Trinklieder along with smooth laments of homeland dispossession. Think “Gregorian Monks of Middle Earth” during Oktoberfest. Their performance may currently be seen in movie theaters nationwide and heard on Decca Records. They have no future plans to perform live, but promise to reprise their roles in The Desolation of Smaug, due for release December 13, 2013.

Well enough played to earn a whole entry, so there.

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