Beowulf Awaits

by Lonely Mountain Band

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In celebration of the release of J.R.R. Tolkien's translation of Beowulf and inspired by the Anglo-Saxon tale itself through a recent drawing by bladesmith David DelaGardelle of Cedarlore Forge; this instrumental track invokes the mood during Beowulf's contemplative night watch awaiting Grendel.
A poet has asked, "Where now the hand on the harp-string?" The Minstrel answers, "Still here plucking a tune for you. Where now the patron of the heart-string?"
The hand is not only on the harp-string for this track, but also on frame-drum, battle-horn, fiddle, kantele and guitar.

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There is one line whispered in prayer - can you make out the words?

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released May 21, 2014
All instruments & music written, performed, recorded, produced and mastered by John Di Bartolo.

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Lonely Mountain Band New York, New York

"I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama..."
— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, from a letter written to Milton Waldman, ca. 1951 —
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