Miscellaneous, Nerdery

The Misty Mountains Are Much Longer Than I Remembered


I’ve been getting a lot of covers of “Misty Mountains Cold,” the traditional dwarf ditty sung at the end of The Hobbit trailer, from straight-up renditions to rock covers to whatever. However, this is the first time I’ve been sent a cover of all 27 verses of J.R.R.’s poem, complete with one-person three-part harmony. I’m not sure who the singer is, but in the YouTube description she apologizes for not being able to sing or play. If you guys would help correct this erroneous belief in the comments I’d be most appreciative. Much thanks to Andre B. for the tip.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.