Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Goblin's Song

The Movie: The goblins do not sing while transporting the dwarves. The Goblin King, however, sings a song to taunt Thorin and his Company. It goes like this:

Bones will be shattered.
Necks will be wrung,
You'll be beaten and battered,
From racks you'll be hung.
You will die down here and never be found!
Down in the deep of Goblin-town!

The Book: The goblins sing on their way to Goblin-town, keeping time with the flap of their feet on the stone. The song they sing in the novel is much different from the movie:

Clap! Snap! the black crack!
Grip, grab! Pinch, nab!
And down down to Goblin-town
You go, my lad!

Clash, crash! Crush, smash!
Hammer and tongs! Knocker and gongs!
Pound, pound, far underground!
Ho, ho! My lad!

Swish, smack! Whip crack!
Batter and beat! Yammer and bleat!
Work, work! Nor dare to shirk,
While Goblins quaff, and Goblins laugh,
Round and round far underground,
Below my lad!

What difference does it make? It doesn't really matter. The song the goblins sing is not important to the novel. It is a change, however, and one that did not need to be made.

My Opinion: This is an awful change. Aside from the fact that this was my favorite song from the book, there wasn't any purpose to this change! This isn't like with the elves, where Peter Jackson decided that everybody's singing might change the tone of the movie. He's having the goblins sing either way. But instead of using the actual song from the novel, he's just made one up himself! Peter Jackson has literally looked at the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, said "I could do better," and made a pointless alteration to the source material. There is no reason not to have used the book's song. You can still have the Goblin King sing it to taunt the dwarves, it works just as well for that. Make the changes you need to make so that the story works in a new medium, but you're not allowed to just rewrite parts that you think you can do better. The new lyrics fucking suck, anyway.

Maybe the point was to make the audience feel the suffering of the dwarves?


  1. You'll be happy to hear that a more proper Goblin Town number is on the Extended Edition.

    1. I was, and I loved it! I wish they had gone with that song for the theatrical version.

  2. open your mind up, I'm sure Tolkien would have loved peter's movie, they both are artists in aspect. so try something new stop whining like a bitch and sing along. you Debbie downer

    1. I think you may have the wrong impression! I don't mind changes; I understand that adapting a book into a movie requires some alterations... Movies generally require a different format and momentum than a novel would. But pointless changes are what bother me, especially when Peter Jackson literally rewrites Tolkeins work without any real reason.

  3. I think you can view it from both sides. I think Peter Jackson has changed the song to clearer how golbin are. The song also was maybe a bit too long for the film. But on the other hand, it was not necessary to change it. He could just used a small piece of it. A little cut and paste the scenes is not so bad. But changing a part of the story is different. Even if it's a small piece.

  4. Hey ! Its in the Book and nobody said a thing !

    Also I listened it and its great ! Why so much Hate ?

  5. This song is in the Extended version, albeit changed a little (Ok, alot).