First conceived in 1992, IN ELVEN LANDS is a musicology experiment to find out how the music of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Middle-earth" may have sounded. Taking clues from descriptions of music and culture in "The Book of Lost Tales," "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of The Rings," The Fellowship began to reconstruct Tolkien's "ancient" cultures. After years of research, they began recording on Boxing Day of 1998, a journey that would take them more than seven years. The results of their labour, IN ELVEN LANDS is the fully realised music of an ancient, lost civilization.

The Fellowship takes a musicological approach to imagine how the ancient cultures described by J.R.R. Tolkien might have sounded, performing on an all-acoustic array of ancient and modern instruments that includes harp, lute, hurdy-gurdy, krumhorn and gong. Their international cast of singers deliver stunning performances using dialects of Sindarin, Quenya, Anglo-Saxon and Modern English.

The Fellowship's songs are all drawn from aspects of J.R.R. Tolkien's myths of Middle-earth. The album title, "IN ELVEN LANDS" is taken from the lyrics of their song "Beware The Wolf":

...let us ride before the break of day
through woven woods in Elven lands
to find the starry-jeweled hand...

This digitally remastered Second Edition features previously unreleased material and several entirely new performances, including J.R.R. Tolkien's original song "Namárië", plus an entirely new song with lyrics by the noted Tolkien linguist Helge Kåre Fauskanger.

Digital album downloads include a fully illustrated 50-Page digital booklet with album notes and lyrics.

NOTICE: Despite news reports to the contrary, IN ELVEN LANDS was not inspired by Sir Peter Jackson's film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," nor was it inspired by any other film. While we enjoy Sir Peter's films and Howard Shore's magnificent scores for them, our approach to the music of J.R.R. Tolkien's universe is quite different. We hope you like the direction which we have taken. For more information about the album project and our musicological approach, please see our "About" page.