(ęGlenn Yarbrough 1980)

Frodo of the Nine Fingers
And the Ring of Doom

[voice of singer] It has its beginnings two ages past, when Bilbo set forth to reclaim the Dwarves' gold from the dragon Smaug. And, while on his quest, Bilbo stumbled into a deep. dank cave.

[voice of Bilbo] Ah, this part I remember...

When Bilbo found that shiny ring
I Gollum's cave of gloom,
He never thought that it would turn
Into a ring of doom.
The dragon Smaug, the spiders too,
The goblins, the Elven-king
They came to know the power of
The hobbit and his ring.

Frodo of the Nine Fingers
And the Ring of Doom
It started with a hobbit
In Gollum's cave of gloom.

The power of the Ring it grew
And Gandalf sat in thought
He knew that it must be destroyed
In fires where it was wrought.
For if in evil hands it fell
The earth would know its end.
No force of arms would win the day,
No army could contend.

[voice of Gandalf] For evil flourished everywhere and lay on the land like a festering malignancy. There was one hope, though. In a distant land the noble Aragorn, heir to the empty throne of Gondor, awaited with a small band to return and become king, but he could not triumph until the Ring was destroyed. So went the prophecy.

Frodo of the Nine Fingers
And the Ring of Doom
Accepted a heavy burden
For the fires to consume.

[voice of Gandalf] Frodo and his gallant companion, Samwise, had many brave adventures, until finally they reached the rocky border of Mordor, domain of the Black Lord, Sauron. There Frodo was captured and imprisoned in the tower of Cirith Ungol. Samwise vowed to enter the Orc-infested tower alone to save him. And the Ring of Doom was missing from round Frodo's neck.

Frodo of the Nine Fingers
And the Ring of Doom
Why does he have nine fingers
Where is the Ring of Doom?


Other Recordings
Richard Szponder Fanclub EP (CD 2001) [cover by Rutherford B. Hayes Is Dead]