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Down in the Valley is a song sung by the Elves as Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarves enter Rivendell, on their journey to the Lonely Mountain.[1]


O! What are you doing,
And where are you going?
Your ponies need shoeing!
The river is flowing!
   O! tra-la-la-lally
        here down in the valley!

O! What are you seeking,
And where are you making?
The faggots are reeking,
The bannocks are baking!
    O! tril-lil-lil-lolly
        the valley is jolly,
             ha! ha!

O! Where are you going
With beards all a-wagging?
No knowing, no knowing
What brings Mister Baggins,
   And Balin and Dwalin
       down into the valley
            in June
            ha! ha!

O! Will you be staying,
Or will you be flying?
Your ponies are straying!
The daylight is dying!

To fly would be folly,
To stay would be jolly
     And listen and hark
     Till the end of the dark
        to our tune
        ha! ha!

Bilbo hears the Elves singing a different version of the song as he re-enters Rivendell, on his journey back to the Shire.[2]

The dragon is withered,
His bones are now crumbled;
His armour is shivered,
His splendour is humbled!
Though sword shall be rusted,
And throne and crown perish
With strength that men trusted
And wealth that they cherish,
Here grass is still growing,
And leaves are yet swinging,
The white water flowing,
And elves are yet singing
     Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
     Come back to the valley!

The stars are far brighter
Than gems without measure,
The moon is far whiter
Than silver in treasure:
The fire is more shining
On hearth in the gloaming
Than gold won by mining,
So why go a-roaming?
     O! Tra-la-la-lally
     Come back to the Valley.

O! Where are you going,
So late in returning?
The river is flowing,
The stars are all burning!
O! Whither so laden,
So sad and so dreary?
Here elf and elf-maiden
Now welcome the weary
     With Tra-la-la-lally
     Come back to the Valley,


  1. The Hobbit, Chapter III: "A Short Rest"
  2. The Hobbit, Chapter XIX: "The Last Stage"