Tolkien Week: Into the West

Well, we’ve come to the end of Tolkien Week 2016. How did it go by so quickly? To finish out the week, we have the Peter Hollens cover of “Into the West”, the haunting and memorable closing credits song for The Return of the King.

Tolkien Week has been a lot of fun! See you all for next year’s celebration!

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Tolkien Week: Gollum’s Song

And we’re back with the Peter Hollens covers, ladies and gentlemen! I hope you all had an excellent Hobbit Day. Picking up where we left off, today’s song is the succinctly titled “Gollum’s Song” from the closing credits of The Two Towers. Yes, Gollum got his own song in this although he didn’t actually sing it in the original version. It’s more like a song about Gollum, about what he’s endured over the years and how far he’s fallen.

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Tolkien Week: Happy Hobbit Day!

We’re taking a break from the musical covers today because it’s September 22–Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’s birthday, AKA Hobbit Day! And there’s only one truly appropriate video to post on Hobbit Day…

Hobbits sure know how to party, don’t they?

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Tolkien Week: May It Be

Tolkien Week continues with our posts of the Peter Hollens covers of the closing credits songs from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Today we feature “May It Be” from The Fellowship of the Ring. This time Peter is joined by guest violinist Taylor Davis, whose instrumental talents add quite a nice touch to this memorable cover.

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Tolkien Week: The Last Goodbye

Greetings on this delightful third day of Tolkien Week! In keeping with the Peter Hollens LotR covers I had planned, today we are featuring his cover of “The Last Goodbye” from The Battle of the Five Armies. Although nothing will ever quite top Billy Boyd’s astounding performance of this song, this version is excellent as well.

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Tolkien Week: I See Fire

Welcome to Day 2 of our Tolkien Week celebrations! As I mentioned yesterday, I decided this year to post the Peter Hollens versions of the closing credits songs from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings because they sound awesome, and a lot of years I’m just posting the same videos over and over again. Today I’ve got his cover of “I See Fire” from The Desolation of Smaug. When I first heard “I See Fire” as Ed Sheeran originally performed it, I didn’t particularly like it–I thought it was okay, but that was about it. As I listened to it more, though, I developed an appreciation for it. But I think it became one of my favorite songs only after I heard Peter Hollens cover it.

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Kicking off Tolkien Week

It’s that time of year again, folks, time to celebrate all things Tolkien and Middle-Earth! I’m planning on doing something a little different this year, though. Typically I post my favorite scenes from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but I realized that I was pretty much posting the same scenes over and over. So this year I decided to branch out and post the closing credits songs from each film.

Here’s the catch, though–these aren’t the original versions. These are covers performed by acapella singer Peter Hollens, and they sound amazing. We’re starting off the week by posting his cover of An Unexpected Journey‘s song, “Song of the Lonely Mountain”.

Let’s get this party started, people!

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