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Rings of Power’s This Wandering Day Song Has a Charming Origin Story

September 23, 2022

Anyone who has ever read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit will know that JRR Tolkien was a fan of including songs and poems amid his characters’ epic journeys.

Now, Amazon’s The Rings of Power has followed in the same vein as Episode 5 features a lovely song called This Wandering Day, which is sung by Megan Richards’ character, Poppy Proudfellow.

Not only does The Rings of Power follow Tolkien’s musical traditions, This Wandering Day also pays homage to a beloved quote from The Lord of the Rings itself and even has a bizarre origin story to boot.


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Poppy sings This Wandering Day in The Rings of Power

In the opening scene of episode 5, we catch up with the Harfoots as they continue their migration.

To help the gang on their journey, Nori asks her friend Poppy to sing her mother’s “walking song”.

Poppy obliges and despite carrying a heavy cart, she begins to sing, giving a rendition of This Wandering Day as the Harfoots trudge through the desert of Middle-earth.

Sung with an Irish twang, the song pays homage to a beloved Tolkien quote as it includes a variation of the line “Not all who wander are lost” which features in the poem “The Riddle of Strider” which appears in The Fellowship of the novel Ring.

Sara Zwangobani (Marigold Brandyfoot), Markella Kavenagh (Elanor 'Nori' Brandyfoot), Beau Cassidy, Dylan Smith (Largo Brandyfoot), Megan Richards (Poppy Proudfellow) traveling in The Rings of PowerThe Rings of Power © Prime Video | Ben Rothstein

The song has an unusual origin

While it might seem fitting that The Rings of Power would include a song reflecting Tolkien’s work, the showrunners didn’t originally plan it.

Speaking during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con in 2022, actress Megan Richards explained the origins of the song.

“We love karaoke. We did a lot of that in New Zealand,” she explained. “There was this karaoke night with JA [Bayona, the director of episodes 1 & 2]and the showrunners were there too.

And JA puts ‘Suddenly Seymour’ on and just hands me the second mic without saying anything,” she continued. “So we just sing together and I think there’s a video somewhere. “

“The next day, I receive a call from Patrick [McKay, one of the showrunners] and he’s just like, ‘Do you want to sing in the show?’ And I was like ‘Yeah!’ “, added Megan. “So now I sing on the show and JD [Payne, fellow showrunner] wrote amazing lyrics, and I got to work with Bear McCreary who, as you just heard, is amazing. So yes, it’s great!”

Dylan Smith (Largo Brandyfoot), Markella Kavenagh (Elanor 'Nori' Brandyfoot), Megan Richards (Poppy Proudfellow) stand together in The Rings of PowerThe Rings of Power © Prime Video | Ben Rothstein

This day of wandering is available in streaming

Before The Rings of Power arrived, a massive soundtrack album for the series was released.

Among the 37 pieces of music on the album was This Wandering Day which was a popular track with fans.

The Rings of Power soundtrack album is available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music, while an expanded version can be found on Amazon Music which also offers albums for each episode individually.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video after premiering on September 2, 2022.

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