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Peter Jackson's version of the "Far Over The Misty Mountains Cold"
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Far Over The Misty Mountains Cold is a song sung by Thorin and company in J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit. Often referred to by fans as simply "The Dwarf Song," it features on pages 14-15 of The Hobbit. In The Hobbit, the song helps to explain the backstory of Thorin and his company, and plays a large role in the development of Bilbo from his 'Baggins' side to his 'Tookish' side, an evolution that takes most of the novel.

As Tolkien left no title for the song, Far Over The Misty Mountains Cold is sometimes referred to as The Dwarven Song, Thorin's Song or simply shortened to The Misty Mountains.

In Tolkien's The HobbitEdit

Tolkien's lyrics as they appear in Chapter I ("An Unexpected Party") are:

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Thorin Oakenshield singing, in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep, and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.

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.

For ancient king and elvish lord,
There many a gleaming golden hoard
They shaped and wrought, and light they caught
To hide in gems on hilt of sword.

On silver necklaces they strung
The flowering stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, in twisted wire
They meshed the light of moon and sun.

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away, ere break of day,
To claim our long-forgotten gold.

Goblets they carved there for themselves
And harps of gold; where no man delves
There lay they long, and many a song
Was sung unheard by men or elves.

The pines were roaring on the height,
The winds were moaning in the night.
The fire was red, it flaming spread;
The trees like torches blazed with light.

The bells were ringing in the dale
And men looked up with faces pale;
Then dragon's ire more fierce than fire
Laid low their towers and houses frail.

The mountain smoked beneath the moon;
The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom.
They fled their hall to dying fall
Beneath his feet, beneath the moon.

Far over the misty mountains grim
To dungeons deep and caverns dim
We must away, ere break of day,
To win our harps and gold from him!

Towards the end of the novel, after the slaying of the dragon another version of the song is sung. The lyrics as shown in Chapter XV ("The Gathering of the Clouds") are:

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!

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

The Hobbit film trilogyEdit

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The other members of the dwarven company join in the song
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A version of Misty Mountains Cold is also heard in Peter Jackson's film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, with several changes from Tolkien's original work. Only two verses are sung, as follows: 

Far over the misty mountains cold,
To dungeons deep and caverns old,
We must away, ere break of day
To find our long forgotten gold.

The pines were roaring on the height,
The winds were moaning in the night,
The fire was red, it flaming spread,
The trees like torches blazed with light.

In the film the song is sung without instrumentation, unlike in the book.

The song is on the film's sound track, labeled Misty Mountains, and the tune is crafted into Thorin and company's main musical theme. The music of the films was conducted and composed by Howard Shore.

The SoundtrackEdit

The soundtrack for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has an original version named "Song of the Lonely Mountain" performed by Neil Finn. According to an interview with Rolling Stones, Neil Finn wrote the song and recorded it with his two sons, Elroy and Liam. Dave Fridmann did the mixing and "...[responded] well to my demands for 'more anvil!' Pop music needs more anvil!"

Neil Finn's version:

Far over the Misty Mountains rise
Leave us standing upon the heights
What was before, we see once more
Our kingdom a distant light

Fiery mountain beneath the moon
The words unspoken, we’ll be there soon
For home a song that echoes on
And all who find us will know the tune

Some folk we never forget
Some kind we never forgive
Haven’t seen the back of us yet
We’ll fight as long as we live

All eyes on the hidden door
To the Lonely Mountain borne
We’ll ride in the gathering storm
Until we get our long-forgotten gold

We lay under the Misty Mountains cold
In slumbers deep and dreams of gold
We must awake, our lives to make
And in the darkness a torch we hold

From long ago when lanterns burned
Till this day our hearts have yearned
Her fate unknown the Arkenstone
What was stolen must be returned

We must awake and make the day
To find a song for heart and soul

Some folk we never forget
Some kind we never forgive
Haven’t seen the end of it yet
We’ll fight as long as we live

All eyes on the hidden door
To the Lonely Mountain borne
We’ll ride in the gathering storm
Until we get our long-forgotten gold

Far away from Misty Mountains cold

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