Yesterday, JRR himself was singing here on Flotsam & Jetsam, to kick off our Tolkien month. And there is no reason not to follow that up with more singing. None other than Christopher Lee himself, singing In the willow-meads of Tasarinan, the poem Treebeard chants to Merry and Pippin on their way to his dwelling, on the day they first met in Fangorn.
The song is form the cycle The Road Goes Ever On, and the music is by Donald Swann. Lee is accompanied by The Tolkien Ensamble.
Here is the poem:
In the willow-meads of Tasarinan I walked in the Spring.
Ah! the sight and the smell of the Spring in Nan-tasarion!
And I said that was good.
I wandered in Summer in the elm-woods of Ossiriand.
Ah! the light and the music in the Summer by the Seven Rivers of Ossir!
And I thought that was best.
To the beeches of Neldoreth I came in the Autumn.
Ah! the gold and the red and the sighing leaves in the Autumn in Taur-na-neldor!
It was more than my desire.
To the pine-trees upon the highland of Dorthonion I climbed in the Winter.
Ah! the wind and the whiteness and the black branches of Winter upon Orod-na-Thôn!
My voice went up and sang in the sky.
And now all those lands lie under the wave,
And I walk in Ambaróna, in Tauremorna, in Aldalómë,
In my own land, in the country of Fangorn,
Where the roots are long,
And the years lie thicker than the leaves