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Clap! Snap! The black crack!

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     Below, my lad!
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it is unclear when it was writen or who exactly wrote the song but prehaps the song was as old as [[Goblin-town]] itself all we know is that it is sung by [[goblins]].
the meaning of the song apears to be about many things, the first group of lines seem to be about the trip from the front door to [[goblin-town]]. The second group of lines starting with "Clash, crash!" seems to be about the work they did and the tools they used. The last group of lines starting with "swish, smack!" seems to be about daily life in [[goblin-town]] for the [[goblins]] and the prisoners.
==See also==
==See also==
* [[Poems in The Hobbit]]
* [[Poems in The Hobbit]]
[[Category:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien]]
[[Category:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien]]

Revision as of 19:07, 28 March 2012

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Clap! Snap! The black crack! is a song found within the chapter "Over Hill and Under Hill" of The Hobbit. It is sung by the goblins as they descend into Goblin-town.


Clap! Snap! the black crack!
Grip, grab! Pinch, nab!
And down down to Goblin-town
    You go, my lad!

Clash, crash! Crush, smash!
Hammer and tongs! Knocker and gongs!
Pound, pound, far underground!
     Ho, ho! my lad!

Swish, smack! Whip crack!
Batter and beat! Yammer and bleat!
Work, work! Nor dare to shirk,
While Goblins quaff, and Goblins laugh,
Round and round far underground
     Below, my lad!

See also