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The Shores of Faery

by Lonely Mountain Band



In honor of Tolkien Reading Day 2021, I present to you a free song! For one day only (March 25, 2021), in celebration of Tolkien's works, you can download this song for free by entering 0 for the price paid at checkout.

This is an early mix of a new and unreleased song entitled "The Shores of Faery" based on lines of Tolkien's poem of the same name. In 2019, the Lonely Mountain Band had the honor and privilege to be invited to perform music during the exhibit, "Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth" at the Morgan Library & Museum. It was during our initial visit to the exhibit when I saw Tolkien's original painting "The Shores of Faery" in person; which also had the handwritten text of the poem on the opposite page. This was the first image that attracted my attention in the exhibit, and seeing it in person along with the text had a profound effect upon my imagination. It was at this moment that the thought of creating a song came to mind. The line "...whose foam is silver music..." is what I believe prompted the urge to create this song. A long time before I ever read Tolkien's poem I had written a short instrumental piece entitled, "Silver Steps," which was inspired by the mental image of walking on a heavenly sparkling shoreline. This inspiration, from 'beyond the Western Seas,' which to me closely resembled Tolkien's imagery, evoked a strong personal connection to the poem. To have a song born this way is a rare gift, and perhaps a chance-meeting in Middle-earth.

And so this song has special meaning for me on Tolkien Reading Day, and I am glad to be able to share it with you as a free gift. I hope you find it to be 'silver music.' Happy Tolkien Reading Day!
- John (3/25/21)

-It is recommended to listen to the song in high quality WAV or FLAC format on headphones or high fidelity speakers.
Laptop speakers are the bane of the minstrel! ;)


East of the Moon, and west of the Sun
There stands a lonely hill;
Towers white and still,
In Valinor
In Valinor

Comes but one lone star
That fled before the moon;
And there the Two Trees are
That bore night and day from afar
In Valinor
In Valinor

There are the shores of Faëry
With moonlit pebbled strand
Whose foam is silver music
On the marches of the sand
That stretches on forever
To the dragon-headed door,
The gateway of the Moon,
Beyond Taniquetil afar
In Valinor
In Valinor.


released March 25, 2021


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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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