Christopher Lee sings.
Tolkien and Celtic music? Why not? Tolkien made either direct or indirect references to the Celtic lore. Even the film version by Peter Jackson embraced the look and feel of the druidic times. Although the movie didn’t feature Loreena McKennitt, Clannad or other artists noted for their haunting voices but it has Enya. And what could be more Irish than that? Or should we say Celtic?
I had no idea Christopher Lee did a musical project with the Tolkien ensemble singing Treebeard’s song. As a kid I was fascinated with his portrayal of Count Dracula. Just goes to show that an excellent actor will always be rediscovered through generations. His singing is what I consider as a class act.
Those were the broad days! Time was when I could walk and sing all day and hear no more than the echo of my own voice in the hollow hills. The woods were like the woods of Lothlórien, only thicker, stronger, younger. And the smell of the air! I used to spend a week just breathing.”
Treebeard fell silent, striding along, and yet making hardly a sound with his great feet. Then he began to hum again, and passed into a murmuring chant. Gradually the hobbits became aware that he was chanting to them:
In the willow-meads of Tasarinan I walked in the Spring.
Ah! the sight and the smell of the Spring in Nan-tasarion!
And i said that was good.
I wandered in Summer in the elm-woods of Ossiriand.
Ah! the light and the music in the Summer by the Seven Rivers of Ossir!
And i thought that was best.
To the beeches of Neldoreth I came in the Autumn.
Ah! the gold and the red and the sighing of leaves in the Autumn in
It was mor than my desire.
To the pine-trees upon the highland of Dorthonion I climbed in the Winter.
Ah! the wind and the whiteness and the black braches of Winter upon
My voice went up and sang in the sky.
And now all those lands lie under the wave,
And I walk in Ambaró na, in Tauremorna, in Aldaló më.
In my own land, in the country of Fangorn,
Where the roots are long.
And the years lie thicker than the leaves
In Taremornaló më.
Music by Caspar Reiff & Peter Hall
From the CD-box
“The Tolkien Ensemble & Christopher Lee – Complete Songs & Poems”