What Song Plays At The Start & End Of The Rings Of Power Episode 5

Warning: Spoilers for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episode 5

A song played over the first few minutes and the ending of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episode 5. Music has always been important to The Lords of The Rings movies, and it seems that the same will be the case with Amazon’s show. The Rings of Power comes with its own original songs.

The Rings of Power episode 5’s song was tied to the Harfoots’ journey in the episode. As Nori explained to the Stranger, migration is a key part of the Harfoots’ way of life, which is why they headed off to the grove, all the while passing by several Middle-earth locations along the way, including the Grey Marshes, the Braids, and more. Described as her “mom’s walking song”, it was sung by Poppy Proudfellow to pass the time as they embarked on their adventure. Just prior to the credits, it was heard again when Númenor’s three ships left the harbor for Middle-earth.


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The song in question is titled “This Wandering Day”. As the show itself indicated, it was sung by Poppy Proudfellow actress Megan Richards. It was composed by Bear McCreary, who handled the soundtrack for The Rings of Power. “This Wandering Day” was written specifically for the show, but it’s worth noting that some of the lyrics are rooted in J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. The song ends with “that not all who are wonder or wander are lost”. This ties back to The Fellowship of The Ring. “Not all those who wander are lost” is a line in the “Riddle of the Strider” poem found in the book.

The Rings Of Power Episode 5 Song Continues A LOTR Tradition

Grey Marshes in Rings of Power

The decision to insert a song like “This Wandering Day” into the story of The Rings of Power episode 5 fits with a tradition started by Peter Jackson’s The Lords of the Rings movies and later carried on by The Hobbit films. Both trilogies had a tendency to rely on original songs performed by characters in the cast, and typically, the lyrics were inspired by Tolkien’s work. The Return of the King, for instance, saw Liv Tyler’s Arwen sing a song of her own. There’s also the tavern song sung by Merry and Pippin in the same movie, and the dwarven song in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Given what’s come before, it makes sense for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power to make its own contribution to the library of original songs associated with the franchise. “This Wandering Day” works with what’s come before, and also compliments two of the episode’s featured storylines. Not only does it fit the Harfoots’ migration, but it also suits the ending, as it too involves characters making a long and perilous trip through Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings world.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power releases new episodes on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.