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The Goblins Song to their Prisoners

Type: Songs & Stories

Description:“The goblins began to sing, or croak, keeping time with the flap of their flat feet on the stone, and shaking their prisoners as well.

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!
It sounded truly terrifying. The walls echoed to the ‘clap, snap!’ and the ‘crush, smash!’ and to the ugly laughter of their ‘ho, ho! my lad!’”

Over Hill and Under Hill, pg. 71-72, The Hobbit

Contributors: Still Anonymous, 02/29/04

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