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Lord Of The Rings – Pippin's Song lyrics

"Home is behind the world ahead
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadow to the edge of night
Until the stars are all alight

Mist and shadow
Cloud and shade

All shall fade
All shall fade"

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  • u
    This is actually a hobbit mourning song. It talks about how the world you once were a part of is gone, and how you now you are off to go see Mandos. The fuirat verse of the song is about traveling to the afterlife, and the second verse is about how the world behind you fades. Pippin sings it because he knows that most of those men that Denathor sent out are going to die.
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  • u
    There are two meanings to Pippin's Song - the literal meaning refers to travelling and literally leaving home; that being, the journey away from the Shire. The other meaning is a lot deeper and more thoughtful, representing a forced loss of innocence, which is exactly what Pippin is undergoing. Remember, Pippin is the youngest of the four hobbits (27 to 28 years old, about 14 to 15 in human years) and so is technically not yet of age and the Quest has more or less forced him to leave his innocence behind him and to grow up.

    The song is also representational of the lives that are about to be lost in battle, and Pippin is aware of this, which is why he sings it. Again, this ties into the loss-of-innocence theme because he has never been exposed to hardship before in his life.
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  • s
    I think the song is literally about the hopelessness of their journey, the certainty it will end in death for all. It is a despairing song. Beloved home is behind, the ever-darkening world is ahead - and there are many paths to tread - choices to make. (Recall Frodo telling Gandalf he wished the ring had never come to him. "So do all men who live in such times, but that is not for them to decide. What you nave to decide is what to do with the time you are given") .
    Pippin sees their road getting darker and darker until it is fully nighttime, at which point death will cause everything and everyone to fade. And it has a more universal application here, for all things pass thus.

    Yet the ending could be construed as positive, though not the way Pippin sings it. When you arrive at the very edge of darkness, the stars alight. And it is this light that chases away mist and shadow, cloud and shade. If the song is understood in this way, we can see Pippin desperately trying toimagine a positive outcome, despite his conviction at the moment that all will fade. It's very lovely, and so well-placed in the movie. Imagine making 3 flawless movies in a row.
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  • g
    This song to me is about stepping away from your home or the place you have been your entire life and explore the world/a new world. For me this song reminds me of the CW's The 100 and how the criminals end up away from home and on radioactive earth.
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