We haven’t talked about music lately. Time to fix it!
One of the new allied races in Battle for Azeroth, the latest World of Warcraft expansion, is Dark Iron Dwarves. (Note: I don’t think there’s much actual info as of yet, but people have been gathering mentions at a Wowhead thread.)
As I’ve mentioned before, female Dwarves are my absolute favorite race / gender combo to play in WoW, so I’m going to want at least one. 🙂 Consequently, my WoW thoughts have revolved heavily enough around Dwarves to push into the real life in the form of music befitting these mountain-dwellers.
Below are some of my current most favorite Dwarf-ish pieces, whether originally something quite different or composed specifically with Dwarves in mind.
An instrumental Nordic folk-based melody:
A Dwarven melody from a computer game I know nothing about:
The Dwarven Nobles – Dragon Age: Origins Soundtrack via allaboutVGmusic on YouTube
An Icelandic folk song with something to do with a (or more than one?) bigger bird (maybe crows, jackdaws, ravens, rooks, or the like):
Krummavísur – Voces Thules via hahaigotanidea on YouTube
Performed by the group Voces Thules. Wow! Also this next song is by the same group:
Voces Thules – Varizk ér Ok Varizk ér via Vikingskog on YouTube
Commenter EkErilaz added the Icelandic lyrics and an English translation:
“Beware! Beware! For the wind blows high. Blood will rain down on men’s bared bodies. Point and edge will share all men’s inheritance, now that the sword-age cuts sharply upon us.”
To my mind, the lyrics are very reminiscent of Vikings or Anglo-Saxons, but I could also see them applying to a fantasy race in WoW. (After all, the game is called World of Warcraft.)
Another, a very different type of instrumental:
Dwarf Mining Music – Dwarf Mining Town by Brandon Fiechter on YouTube
You can definitely get the mining vibe!
This version of the old Christmas carol “Masters in This Hall” from the album A Feast of Songs by Barry and Beth Hall also reminds me of Dwarves because of the steady rhythm and low key.
A Feast of Songs – Masters in This Hall via supermusic141 on YouTube
The next is a bit special. A music-heavy version of The Lord of the Rings was produced by the Finnish theater company Ryhmäteatteri in 1988 and 1989. Bilbo’s song “I Sit Beside the Fire and Think” from The Fellowship of the Ring, book 2, chapter III (“The Ring Goes South”) was turned into a song for the play, and it’s wonderfully meditative and solemn.
Tulen ääressä istun via Crypticevangelist on YouTube
The lyrics were originally translated into the Finnish version (Taru sormusten herrasta) by Panu Pekkanen; for the play they were slightly modified. The melody was composed by Toni Edelmann and sung by Timo Torikka.
This next piece was made by Simon Swerwer for the 2012 computer game Dwarf Fortress:
Simon Swerwer – The Tankard Basher by Simon Swerwer on YouTube
Lastly, Neil Finn’s “Song of the Lonely Mountain” (the end credits song for Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) because of the bittersweetness, melancholy, and—just perhaps—glimmer of hope that comes through.
Song of the Lonely Mountain by Neil Finn on YouTube
Anything you’d like to add? Please do!
This post has been edited to correct a typo.
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