LOTR meme: five races
“Since they were to come in the days of the power of Melkor, Aulë made the dwarves strong to endure. Therefore they are stone-hard, stubborn, fast in friendship and in enmity, and they suffer toil and hunger and hurt of body more hardily than all other speaking peoples; and they live long, far beyond the span of Men, yet not forever.”(✖)
“He [Richard] was really nice, and really friendly, really deep voice. Which actually proved to be a little bit tricky because when we had to sing the Misty Mountains song— I’m not a very good singer— and we had to match Richard. And Richard’s voice is so deep that a lot of us couldn’t get the bass notes. And so people like Mark Hadlow— who played Dori— went really high. And if you listen to the song and you can hear that, ‘AAAAAAHHH’… that’s Mark Hadlow doing his best.” -Dean O’Gorman [x]
He sped towards the hillock green,
the lissom limbs, the dancing sheen;
he leapt upon the grassy hill
his arms with loveliness to fill:
his arms were empty, and she fled;
away, away her white feet sped.
But as she went he swiftly came
and called her with the tender name
of nightingales in elvish tongue,
that all the woods now sudden rung:
And clear his voice was as a bell;
His voice such love and longing filled
one moment stood she, fear was stilled;
one moment only; like a flame
he leaped towards her as she stayed
and caught and kissed that elfin maid.
As love there woke in sweet surprise
the starlight trembled in her eyes.
A! Lúthien! A! Lúthien!
more fair than any child of Men;
O! loveliest maid of Elfinesse,
what madness does thee now possess!
A! lissom limbs and shadowy hair
and chaplet of white snowdrops there;
O! starry diadem and white
pale hands beneath the pale moonlight!
She left his arms and slipped away
just at the breaking of the day.
—J.R.R. Tolkien, The History of Middle-earth III: The Lays of Beleriand, “The Lay of Leithian”, Canto III
Scans from: Hammond, W. G., & Scull, C., 1995. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator. Harper Collins: London
Facsimile of a page from the book of Mazarbul.
Tolkien apparently aged it himself, including putting genuine burn marks on it and puncturing holes for where the binding would have attached. He was extremely disappointed it didn’t make it into the published version of LotR.