Music in Middle-earth
Heidi Steimel and Friedhelm Schneidewind (editors)
Cormarë Series No. 20
From the Grand Theme that the Ainur played before Ilúvatar at the beginning of the world, to the various songs encountered or sung by the characters of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the world that J.R.R. Tolkien created contains numerous references to song and music. Indeed, musical elements form an integral part of his narratives. It is therefore surprising that, until now, discussion of this aspect of Tolkien's sub-creation has been sparse in secondary literature. The 14 papers presented in this volume set out to address this important gap.
Besides musical references found in Tolkien's own works, the scope of Middle-earth music has over the years been further extended by various attempts to either set Tolkien's song texts to music, or to create derivative musical works. Such creations range from the songs and music of the various films and radio adaptions to such phenomena as Tolkien-inspired Black Metal. Besides the musical refences found in Tolkien's own writings, this volume also looks at these works.
Part A: Creation and Music
"Behold Your Music!": The Themes of Ilúvatar, the Song of Aslan, and the Real Music of the Spheres
Tonality, Atonality and the Ainulindalë
Ainulindalë: Tolkien, St. Thomas, and the Metaphysics of the Music
Part B: Music in Tolkien's World
A Speculative History of the Music of Arda
"Bring Out the Instruments!": Instrumental Music in Middle-earth
The Harp in Middle-earth
Part C: Influences of Our World on Tolkien's Music
Music, Myth, and Literary Depth in the "Land ohne Musik"
Strains of Elvish Song and Voices: Victorian Medievalism, Music, and Tolkien
Sleeps a Song in Things Abounding: J.R.R. Tolkien and the German Romantic Tradition
"They Began to Hum Softly": Some Soldiers' Songs of World Wars I and II and of Middle-earth Compared
Part D: Interpretations of Tolkien's Music in Our World
An Impenetrable Darkness: An Examination of the Influence of J.R.R. Tolkien on Black Metal Music
Microphones in Middle-earth: Music in the BBC Radio Play
Elven Music in Our Times
Making Texts Audible: A Workshop Report on Setting Tolkien to Music
Embodying the Voices: Documentation of a Failure
Afterword: Greater Music Still Shall be Made
The cover illustration, Daeron and Lúthien, is by Anke Eißmann.
Musik in Mittelerde is published (25th February 2014)
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