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The Wonders of the Universe by JZLobo
by JZLobo

A lot of fans don't like the Colin Baker Doctor. Personally I do. Even more fans dislike Peri because she was a bit winy. I quite like ...

hold on by Wammys
by Wammys

The artist says she does not know how to draw dragons. Well that surprises me, because \i thought she did rather a good job with this d...

The Great Race by TheDragonofDoom

The Great Race of Yith, from Lovecraft's story, The Shadow Out of Time, seems quite a popular choice for artists on Deviant Art. I thin...


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Which of the Hobbit films did you like best? 

8 deviants said An Unexpected Journey
4 deviants said The Desolation of Smaug
4 deviants said The Battle of the Five Armies
Centuries of forlorn fight
Last hope, the aid divine
Guardian of the world
Gods of justice and light
Came and defeated the one
The master of disharmony
All ablaze by the glory of their arms
Swell of the trumpets filled the sky
Morgoth banished from the Middle-earth
His reign, never shall rise again

Read more: Battlelore - The War Of Wrath Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

This album captures an era of my life. When I bought this, I had not long left college and was about to enter a relationship which I thought would lead to marriage.

The songs on this album are entirely about Tolkien's world of Middle Earth, at times actually quoting Tolkien. At the time I bought it, I thought the LOTR films were the best things ever and I was massively into fantasy literatute.

Battlelore's Sword's Song does not quite fit any particular sub-genre of metal. It's quite like Power Metal, but veers into death metal and is more keyboard than guitar-led. The most prominent characteristic is the duo of gruff male vocals and a female vocalist. Female vocals don't always work in metal, but on this album they are fabulously effective in punctuating the songs. Kaisa Jouhki, the female vocalist is not a particularly great singer, but the song's utilise her vocals brilliantly, creating a sense of musical narrative.

Buccaneer's Song is a widely praised track on Sword's Song. It imagines the corsairs of Umbar drinking in a tavern, before sailing out to battle. It is a nice way of building and developing the world of Tolkien. My favorite song is War of Wrath, about the final defeat of Morgoth by the Valar at the end of the First Age.

Despite the epic nature of the subject matter, the overall vibe is quite light. At times, some of the songs have an almost Europop vibe.

Sadly, my first copy of Sword's Song ended up getting junked. My life in 2004 ended up spiralling out of control, with unemployment and the slow deterioration of my relationship with my girlfriend. I had a lot of fundamentalist Christian friends who urged me to junk all my metal CDs and science fiction books. I thought that my be an easy answer to my problems and so I followed their advice. Hence, when I listen to this album with a certain amount of emotional pain. 
  • Listening to: Battlelore- Sword's Song
  • Reading: Cosmic Liturgy, by Hans Urs Von Balthansar


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Matthew Clarke
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United Kingdom
I am an ultraconservative Christian who enjoys Doctor Who and various other sci-fi and fantasy.

I write fan fiction in various settings, including Doctor Who, Batman, Forgotten Realms, WoW and the Chronicles of Narnia.

I'm a member of the Conservative party.

I generally like to wear flip flops.



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PriestessNahuel Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the Fav!!!
Terran-IX Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
mataujall Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! Thank you very much for the fav!!^^
CyclesofShadows Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Student Filmographer
Thanks for the 2 favs on Character Views & First sketch And Thanks for the watch!
SelkisFritz Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the +fav !
Crowsrock Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Thanks for your favorite on my Elephoctopus!
Frozen-Sol Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for adding Scouting Warrior Fay to your fav's! :hug:
Have a nice day.
Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for faving! :)
Earthdawn: Legend by Phantagrafie
COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
forgive me if i asked this before do you plan to write a story based on my powerpuff girls z watery school days?
Celestialhost Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
No, I don't have any such plans
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