Howard Shore Lyrics

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Naur vi eryn,
lanc i dalaf.
Mathach vi geven?
Nostach vi 'wilith?
Mab le i nagor,
Bad gurth vi ngalad firiel.
Dorthach vi mar han?
Dagrathach go hain?

'The woods are burning,
the ground lies bare.
Do you feel it in the earth?
Can you smell it in the air?
The war is upon you,
Death moves in the fading light.
Are you part of this world?
Will you join their fight?'

Word-for-word translation:

'Fire in forest,
naked [is] the ground.
Feel-you [it] in earth?
Smell-you [it] in air?
Takes you [or you are taken by] the war,
Goes death in light fading.

Dwell-you in land this?
Will-make-war-you with them?'

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Howard Shore's song Treebeard convey a sense of urgency and foreboding. The speaker implores his listener to take notice of the world around them, both in terms of the physical destruction caused by war, and the looming threat of death. The use of rhetorical questions throughout the piece creates a sense of unease, as if the speaker is trying to wake the listener from a spell of apathy or indifference.

The first two lines set the scene, describing a forest in flames and the barrenness of the ground below. This is followed by a series of questions directed at the listener, asking if they are aware of the destruction around them, both in terms of the physical environment and the toll of war. The repetition of the phrases "feel-you" and "smell-you" create a sensory experience for the listener, emphasizing the urgency of the situation and the need for action.

The final lines of the song ask the listener to consider their place in the world and whether they are willing to take up arms and join the fight. This creates a sense of moral responsibility, as if the listener is being asked to make a choice between standing by and watching the world burn, or taking action to save it.

Overall, the lyrics to Treebeard convey a strong sense of urgency and a call to action, urging the listener to take notice of the world around them and to play an active role in shaping its future.

Line by Line Meaning

Naur vi eryn
Fire has spread in the woods

lanc i dalaf
The ground looks exposed and vulnerable

Mathach vi geven?
Do you sense the danger creeping in?

Nostach vi 'wilith?
Do you smell the destruction in the air?

Mab le i nagor
The war has arrived at your doorstep

Bad gurth vi ngalad firiel
Death is lurking in the surroundings

Dorthach vi mar han?
Will you become a part of this world in turmoil?

Dagrathach go hain?
Will you fight against the forces of destruction?

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