[Archive] Zharr-Naggrund is Burning Down

Dînadan:

“Zharr-Naggrund is burning down,

Burning down, burning down

Zharr-Naggrund is burning down,

Our Dark Father.”

“Then build it up with ash and clay,

Ash and clay, ash and clay,

Build it up with ash and clay,

My Dark Children.”

“Ash and clay will wash away,

Wash away, wash away,

Ash and clay will wash away,

Our Dark Father.”

“Then build it up with brick and mortar,

Brick and mortar, brick and mortar,

Build it up with brick and mortar,

My Dark Children.”

“Brick and mortar will not stay,

Will not stay, will not stay,

Brick and mortar will not stay,

Our Dark Father.”

“Then build it up with iron and steel,

Iron and steel, iron and steel,

Build it up with iron and steel,

My Dark Children.”

“Iron and steel will bow and break,

Bow and break, bow and break,

Iron and steel will bow and break,

Our Dark Father.”

“Then build it up with silver and gold,

Silver and gold, silver and gold,

Build it up with silver and gold,

My Dark Children.”

“Silver and gold were stolen away,

Stolen away, stolen away,

Silver and gold were stolen away,

Our Dark Father.”

“Then go take them back,

Take them back, take them back,

Then go and take them back,

My Dark Children.”

“Silver and gold have been taken back,

Taken back, taken back,

Silver and gold have been taken back,

Our Dark Father.”

“Now build it up with all these things,

All these things, all these things,

Now build it up with all these things,

My Dark Children.”

“Zharr-Naggrund stands anew,

Stands anew, stands anew,

Zharr-Naggrund stands anew,

Hail the Father.”


- Dawi Zharr nursery rhyme dating back to the years following the Black Orc rebellion referring to the sack of the city and its reconstruction. There are many variations, but this is the most common. Another common version replaces the last stanza with a refrain of the first speaking to the pessimism and belief in the finality of all things that lies within a Dawi Zharr’s heart. The rhyme is also used as the basis of a game among beardlings - they start off the rhyme as normal, with one taking the role of the Dark Father and the rest the Dark Children, then the Dark Father will invent a new combination of materials and then One of the Dark Children will reply with why those will not work. If they cannot, they are deemed to have lost the game and all the players sing

"Zharr-Naggrund has burnt down,

Burnt down, burnt down,

Zharr-Naggrund has burnt down,

And it’s all your fault!"


The intent behind this is that because of the Dark Child whose turn it was could not find fault with the latest suggestion, the Zharr-Naggrund in the rhyme was built with faulty materials and thus burnt down. For losing, the child in question is normally punished with a punishment somehow related to the materials in question. If the Dark Father player cannot think of a combination of materials that hasn’t been used before, then the other players sing

"You’re not the Dark Father,

Not the Father, not the Father,

You’re not the Dark Father,

Blasphemer!"


In which case it is he who receives the punishment.

Once all the Dark Children have had a go the Dark Father player sings the penultimate stanza of the regular rhyme and the Dark Children reply with the final one and the game is ended.

A modified version is often played with slaves with ‘Wretched Slaves’ in place of ‘My Dark Children’ and ‘Our Glorious Master’ in place of ‘Our Dark Father’. It is very rare for this version of the game to end without at least half the slaves losing.

Admiral:

This is an ingenious addition to the song collection. Brilliant in every way. :hat off

Dînadan:

Thanks Admiral.

A slave to anyone who can guess where the tune/rhyming scheme has been cribbed from :wink:

The_Penguin:

Can’t get song out of head,

Out out of head, out of head,

Can’t get song out of head,

You, evil Dînadan!
:~

I just love that bit! :cheers Since I was brought up abroad (not in Russia) as a child, I rememver this song from ever since I was born, it seems.

After this song my childhood memories have been violated, of course, but the piece is so great that I don’t mind a bit! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Good day, ladies and gentlemen! ) :hat off

Abecedar:

A slave to anyone who can guess where the tune/rhyming scheme has been cribbed from ;)

Dînadan
I seem to remember some big slum burning down ages ago but I just can't place it

Dînadan:

A slave to anyone who can guess where the tune/rhyming scheme has been cribbed from ;)

Dînadan
I seem to remember some big slum burning down ages ago but I just can't place it


Abecedar
Hint: it's got nothing to do with slums ;)

Zuh-Khinie:

London bridge is falling down?

Dînadan:

London bridge is falling down?

Zuh-Khinie
We have a winner :D

Zuh-Khinie:

Cheers! :slight_smile:

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Abecedar:

A slave to anyone who can guess where the tune/rhyming scheme has been cribbed from ;)

Dînadan
I seem to remember some big slum burning down ages ago but I just can't place it


Abecedar
Hint: it's got nothing to do with slums ;)


Dînadan
I know,