Originally Posted by urbanlegend23
They were a part of the LOTR books too, especially the first instalment. Jackson wisely left them out of those movies (other than the moving scene of ROTK where Aragorn sings after finally being crowned King) and I think it would've been a better idea for him to do the same with The Hobbit. At least the first song anyway. It was godawful.
I hear ya... I am a fan of Tolkein's writing, and the songs did not offend me. They kind of made me smile, as a gesture towards preserving some continuity with the book. But Jackson's darker portrayal of the Dwarves did not fit the tone of the first song at all, and so it did seem incongruous. In fact, it did not fit with the overall tone of the movie, which was graver and more violent than the book.