"Mirror Mirror" as written by and Andre/kuersch Olbrich....
Far, far beyond the island
We dwelt in shades of twilight
Through dread and weary days
Through grief and endless pain

It lies unknown
The land of mine
A hidden gate
To save us from the shadow fall

The lord of water spoke
In the silence
Words of wisdom
I've seen the end of all
Be aware the storm gets closer

Mirror Mirror on the wall
True hope lies beyond the coast
You're a damned kind can't you see
That the winds will change
Mirror Mirror on the wall
True hope lies beyond the coast
You're a damned kind can't you see

That tomorrows bears insanity
Gone's the wisdom
Of a thousand years
A world in fire and chains and fear

Leads me to a place so far
Deep down it lies my secret vision
I better keep it safe
Shall I leave my friends alone

Hidden in my twilight hall
(I) know the world is lost in fire
Sure there is no way to turn it
Back to the old days

Of bliss and cheerful laughter
We're lost in barren lands
Caught in the running flames
Alone

How shall we leave the lost road
Time's getting short so follow me
A leader's task so clearly
To find a path out of the dark

Mirror Mirror on the wall
True hope lies beyond the coast
You're a damned kind can't you see
That the winds will change
Mirror Mirror on the wall
True hope lies beyond the coast
You're a damned kind can't you see
That the winds will change

Even though
The storm calmed down
The bitter end
Is just a matter of time

Shall we dare the dragon
Merciless he's poisoning our hearts
Our hearts
How shall we leave the lost road

Time's getting short so follow me
A leader's task so clearly
To find a path out of the dark

Mirror Mirror on the wall
True hope lies beyond the coast
You're a damned kind can't you see
That the winds will change
Mirror Mirror on the wall
True hope lies beyond the coast
You're a damned kind can't you see
That the winds will change


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"Mirror Mirror" as written by Hans Juergen Kuersch Andre Olbrich

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  • +3
    General CommentFar, far beyond the island (in the undying lands beyond where numenor will eventually be)
    We dwelt in shades of twilight (the light of the trees)
    Through dread and weary days
    Through grief and endless pain (the whole bit about the trees dying, the kinslaying, the grinding ice, etc)

    It lies unknown
    The land of mine (gondolin)
    A hidden gate (gondolin had hidden gates)
    To save us from the shadow fall (it was protected, for a while, from morgoth)
    The lord of water spoke (Ulmo to turgon)
    In the silence
    Words of wisdom
    I've seen the end of all
    Be aware the storm gets closer (eventually gondolin will fall)

    chorus (1):
    Mirror Mirror on the wall (I not sure, maybe just a figure of speech)
    True hope lies beyond the coast (the only real way for morgoth to fall was by the hands of valar, not the noldor ps: the line is a quote form ulmo)
    You're a damned kind can't you see (the curse of the noldor)
    That the winds will change (when the noldor first arrived in middle earth, they seemed so powerful, but morgoth eventually became far stronger than they)
    Mirror Mirror on the wall
    True hope lies beyond the coast
    You're a damned kind can't you see
    That tomorrows bears insanity

    Gone's the wisdom
    Of a thousand years
    A world in fire and chains and fear
    Leads me to a place so far
    Deep down it lies my secret vision
    I better keep it safe (gondolin is a refuge from war of jewels)

    Shall I leave my friends alone
    Hidden in my twilight hall
    (I) know the world is lost in fire
    Sure there is no way to turn it
    Back to the old days
    Of bliss and cheerful laughter
    We're lost in barren lands
    Caught in the running flames ( the battle of sudden-flames)
    Alone (should the city of menegroth aid the other elven kingdoms, it is essentially hopeless no matter what they do)

    How shall we leave the lost road
    Time's getting short so follow me
    A leader's task so clearly
    To find a path out of the dark (the small group that was saved at the fall of gondolin by a secret passage through the mountains)

    chorus (2):
    Mirror Mirror on the wall
    True hope lies beyond the coast
    You're a damned kind can't you see
    That the winds will change
    Mirror Mirror on the wall
    True hope lies beyond the coast
    You're a damned kind can't you see
    That the winds will change

    Even though
    The storm calmed down
    The bitter end
    Is just a matter of time (at some points, the war of the jewels was at a stand-still, but the noldor really didn't have a chance)

    Shall we dare the dragon
    Merciless he's poisoning our hearts
    Our hearts (glaunrung, and the dragon's powerful stare)

    How shall we leave the lost road
    Time's getting short so follow me
    A leader's task so clearly
    To find a path out of the dark

    All in all, a song about several of the noldor kingdoms and how they were all futile. The only way for morgoth to be defeated was by the valar.
    melonhead10155on July 30, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song is from the album Nightfall in Middle-Earth, which refers to events that take place a few millenia before the Lord of the Rings. This song in particular is quite probably about one of the two hidden cities of the High Elves ('It lies unknown, this land of mine'), Gondolin being the more likely candidate because Ulmo (the Lord of Water) is mentioned. Other parts of the song fit in with Gondolin as well, such as the chorus: The ruler of Gondolin was warned that his city might fall, but he trusted in his walls rather than in an escape to the sea, which might have saved his people.
    MattStrikeron March 06, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLord of Waters=Ulmo
    Ulmo showed Turgon where to buod Gondolin, an elven city hidden in the mountains (Ered Gorgoroth)

    "Shall I leave my friends alone
    Hidden in my twilight hall
    (I) know the world is lost in fire "

    Sounds like Turgon debating whether to help his fellow elves, but he doesn't want to leave his city. He fears by leaving, it will be discovered and it'll be sacked.

    The dragon mentioned is Glaurung, the Father of Dragons aka Worm of Morgoth. (Glaurung was a flightless dragon, the winged ones came later)
    Agent Elrondon October 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe 'Mirror Mirror' line has been bugging me ever since I discovered this album over a year ago, and I think I finally figured it out.

    Turgon's undoing was his inability to abandon Gondolin in the end. He knew that Morgoth had finally discovered his whereabouts and was soon to bring all his wrath down on them. Against all hope, Turgon couldn't abandon it because he'd spent so long building up the city and it had grown so proud and beautiful. The song is about Turgon's story as a whole, but the 'Mirror Mirror on the wall' lines represent how his vanity subtly dominates his thoughts and twists his judgement as he decides how best to lead his people even though he knows the answer all along - True hope lies beyond the coast.
    SalmonGodon October 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is really a good song :p
    useless comments but .. wanted to say this !
    LowEgoon March 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbsolutely right, mattstriker...
    This is the best song of blind guardian (best german band ever)
    Jotunon April 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with mattstriker it is most likely about the fall of Gondolin. i'm sorry i have to say this: i love this song!
    TimidDrakeon June 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthanks Thauglor for the completely useless comment.

    this song is amazing, but ther lyrics have already been explained rather well by MattStriker
    Darth_Squirrelon April 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is goodness
    maddoxon June 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentum...I HOPE you are referring to 'The Silmarillion'
    Feanor lays a curse on his sons to recover the Silmarils(duh!) that he forged from the rogue Valar Melkor, whom he names Morgoth. And...Morgoth is NOT a badass....he's retarded. Also I think Post 2nd age middle earth is retarded as all the hardcore people are dead by then.
    Trinidadianon September 28, 2004   Link

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