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A deleted song from Lord of the Rings

This song, Use Well the Days, was written for the ROTK end credits. You won’t find it anywhere in the soundtrack- It was cut after Into the West took its place. (this recording may not be the “final draft” of the song, either.) Just like Into the West, it was composed by Howard Shore and sung by Annie Lennox, with lyrics by Fran Walsh.

Use Well the Days is about Frodo bidding his final farewell to Sam…. thanking him, blessing him, and hoping the rest of his life in Middle Earth will be happy and peaceful. 

Imagine how pleased Professor McGonagall must have been when she saw James Potter making friends with the quiet Pettigrew boy who needed comapny. And the loud Black boy who she could tell was so frightened. And the shy Lupin boy who was desperately pretending not to want friends. 

And imagine how fucking done she was when she realised what James Potter turned them all into whilst handing out their ‘fifth detention in a row just this week Mr Potter for goodness sake.’