Songs from Rivendell

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Filk Songbook
Title: Songs from Rivendell
Editor(s): Marion Zimmer Bradley
Date(s): 1960
Medium: print
Size: chap book
Subject: Tolkien
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Songs from Rivendell is a 1960 filk songbook by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It contains music and arrangements for several poems from the novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien [1]

In 1991, Margaret Davis and Kristoph Klover were asked by Elisabeth Waters to arrange, perform, and record "The Rivendell Suite" on cassette as a birthday present for Marion Bradley. They recorded: "...six of Marion's settings, plus three of Kristoph's, and Marion was very pleased with the results. Only two copies were ever made of that original cassette. Then, Kristoph and I got to thinking how it might be a good idea to set some more of the songs and see if we could get permission from the Tolkien Estate to release the recording commercially." [2]

In 1996, the project was authorized by the Tolkien Estate, and they were granted a license to produce 1,000 cassettes. The title was changed to "The Starlit Jewel", because the Tolkien Estate had forbidden them to use the title "The Rivendell Suite".


  1. MZB Newsletter
  2. interview with Margaret Davis for Strange Horizons, one which gives a different date (1969) for the chapbook, 19 November 2001
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