Far Over the Misty Mountains Reprise – Under the Mountain Dark and Tall |Lyrics & Behind the Song

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Under the Mountain dark and tall
The King has come unto his hall!
His foe is dead, the Worm of Dread,
And ever so his foes shall fall.

The sword is sharp, the spear is long,
The arrow swift, the Gate is strong;
The heart is bold that looks on gold;
The dwarves no more shall suffer wrong.

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep, 
In hollow halls beneath the fells.

On silver necklaces they strung
The light of stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, from twisted wire
The melody of harps they wrung.

The mountain throne once more is freed!
O! wandering folk, the summons heed!
Come haste! Come haste! across the waste!
The king of friend and kin has need.

Now call we over mountains cold,
'Come back unto the caverns old'!
Here at the Gates the king awaits,
His hands are rich with gems and gold.

The king is come unto his hall
Under the Mountain dark and tall.
The Worm of Dread is slain and dead,
And ever so our foes shall fall!

Lyrics: J.R.R. Tolkien.

Behind the song

For the past few months we followed the journey of the Dwarves and of Bilbo Baggins, the Hobbit, from J.R.R. Tolkien‘s book, through the posts of theirs songs.
We are getting close to the end of the book. If you’ve read the previous posts, you’d know that they set on an adventure to retrieve the Dwarves‘ treasure, guarded by a strong dragon. Well, once they got there, the dragon was slain, (I recommend reading the book for details) and now the Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, were dwelling in the halls of yore from the Lonely Mountain, to guard their treasure, of which the men of the lake were asking for compensation, after the destruction of their town by the last attack of the dragon.
This is where it gets interesting: the Dwarves fell under the Dragon’s Curse, that made them “blind” of those around them, made them selfish and greedy, wanting the treasure only for themselves (although they had a mountain of gold and jewels). All the same, it was the men of the lake who killed the dragon and made it possible for them to claim the mountain as their own.

The song resembles the one at the beginning of the story, but it was turned into a song of war and avidity, and all this for some gold.

The correlation with our life is that we might know of people, or maybe of us, who are not satisfied with their wealth, who keep it all to themselves and to their own kin, who do not help those in need, and to whom it is difficult to give away even just a piece of their abundance.

The solution to this would be to be thankful for what we have and to love those around us, helping them.
Of course it is good to fight and work for what is ours of right, and to try our best to do more (if it is honest and good), yet, when we got where we wanted, let us not forget those around us and those who helped us getting there.

Jesus Christ said it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God, BUT, what is impossible for men, it is possible for God (see Matthew 19:16-26, the Bible); which means that if we surrender our will to God, He will help us overcome any obstacle of our flesh, of our way of being, and we will be changed into a man of His liking.

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