In case you've ever wanted to play this amazing song by Blind Guardian, here's the guitar tab.


Disclaimer: These tablature files have been created by fans of the band and have no guarantee whatsoever of accuracy. They simply represent its author's intepretation of the song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.

                 Time Stands Still (At The Iron Hill)
                     Nightfall In Middle Earth
                              by
                         Blind Guardian

Intro Riff
                                     Part 1 3x          Part 2 (end)
E|----------------------------------|-------------------|--------------|
B|----------------------------------|----------13-11-13-|--------------|
G|----------------------------------|-12-11-12----------|-12-/-10--10~-|
D|-5-5-5-5-5-3-5-------12--13-15-13-|-------------------|--------------|
A|-3-3-3-3-3-1-3--15----------------|-------------------|--------------|
e|----------------------------------|-------------------|--------------|
                                    |                   |              |
                                    |-------------------|--------------|
                                    |-------------------|--------------|
                                    |-------------------|--------------|
                                    |-5--5--5-----------|---------3----|
                                    |-3--3--3--6--6--6--|---3-----1----|
                                    |----------4--4--4--|---1----------|
E|---------------------|  Verse 1
B|---------------13----|
G|-12--11-12-12-----13-|    Light fails at dawn
D|---------------------|    The moon is gone
A|---------------------|    And deadly the night reigns
e|---------------------|
 |                     |
E|---------------------|
B|---------------------|
G|---------------------|
D|---------------------|
A|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-6-|
e|-------------------4-|
P.M_______________
                       Verse 2
E|------------------|
B|------------------|    Finally I've found myself
G|-----------8~-7---|    In these lands
D|-5--------------8-|    Horror and madness I'v seen here
A|-3-6-3--6---------|    For what I became a king of the lost?
e|--------4---------|    Barren and lifeless the land lies

Now, when ended Verse 2, play intro riff again, however, 
also add Part 2 in the beginning.

Now there's this synt bridge coming, which I've also transcribed.

Bridge

  Lord of all Noldor
  A star in the night
  And a bearer of hope
  He rides into his glorious battle alone
  Farewell to the valiant warlord

E|--------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------14--------------------------------|
G|-12-12-13-12-------13-12--12-12-13-12----10-12-12-|
D|-------------13-----------------------13----------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
e|--------------------------------------------------|

Chorus 4x

  The Fate of us all
  Lies deep in the dark
  When time stands still at the iron hill

It was EXTREMLY hard to figure out the chorus, and I don't think it's
really right, but anyway, it sounds pretty nice.

     The Fate of us all... Lies deep in the Dark...
E|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------5-5-5-------------------3-3-3-|
A|----5----5----5----3-3-3----3-----3-----3--1-1-1-|
e|----3----3----3-------------1-----1-----1--------|

Keep on playing that riff throught the whole chorus, the timing is,
well, worthless. Actually, I don't think the fast A# and C powerchords
really should be there. I just thought it sounded well, without them
the chorus would be too dull on guitar.

Solo 1

E|----------------------------------------------------
B|----------------------------------------------------
G|---------12-13-12-13-12h13p12----------10-10b(12)---
D|-10--12-----------------------13-12-13--------------
A|----------------------------------------------------
e|----------------------------------------------------

   C5                      D7
E -------------------------------------------------
B -15----------------------15----------------------
G ----15-13-12----12-13-15----15-13-12-------------
D -------------15----------------------15-13-12----
A ----------------------------------------------15-
e -------------------------------------------------

   D#8                           G#6                  F3
E ---------------------------------------------------------
B -15----------------------15~-----------------------------
G ----15-13-12----12-13-15------17-15----------------15-17-
D -------------15---------------------18-17-15-17-18-------
A ---------------------------------------------------------
e ---------------------------------------------------------

    C#6                A#3
E ----------------------------|
B ----------------------------|
G -18-17-15----------15-17-18-|
D ----------18-17-18----------|
A ----------------------------|
e ----------------------------|

Verse 3 2x

  I stand alone
  Noone's by my side
  I'll dare you
  Come out
  You coward
  Now it's me or you

E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------11-9h11p9----------|
G|-12-10-12h13p12----12-12h13p12p10----12-10-12h13p12-----------12-10----|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------13-|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
 |                                                                       |
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-5-----------------------------------5---------------------------------|
A|-3-----------------------------------3---------------------4-----------|
e|----------------------------------------------------------------4------|

Verse 4 4x

  He gleams like a star
  And the sound of his horn's
  Like a raging storm
  Proudly the high lord
  Challenges doom
  Lord of slaves he cries

E|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------13--------------------------------------------------|
G|-12----12-13-12----15-13-12-----12----12----12-15-13h15p13-12-------|
D|----15-----------------------15----------15-------------------15-12-|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
e|--------------------------------------------------------------------|

Verse 5 4x

  Slowly in fear
  The dark lord appears
  Welcome to my lands
  You shall be damned

Is almost like Verse 1, just that it's played one whole and a half step higher.

E|---------------------|
B|---------------16----|
G|-15--14-15-15-----16-|
D|---------------------|
A|---------------------|
e|---------------------|
 |                     |
E|---------------------|
B|---------------------|
G|---------------------|
D|---------------------|
A|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-9-|
e|-------------------7-|
P.M_______________

Play: Bridge
Play: Chorus

Pre Solo 2

 Part 1
E|-------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------|
G|----12-------------------------------------|
D|-------15-13-12--------12-13-12----13b(14)-|
A|-15-------------15--15----------15---------|
e|-------------------------------------------|

 Part 2
E|-------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------|
G|----15-13-12--------------12-------11b(12)-|
D|-13----------15-13--13-15----15-13---------|
A|-------------------------------------------|
e|-------------------------------------------|

Play Part 1 4x, during the last 2x also play Part 2 with guitar 2.

Solo 2

Guitar 1
E|-------------------------------|----|
B|-------------------------13----|----|
G|-13-12h13p12----------15----13-|-12-|
D|-------------15-13-12----------|----|
A|-------------------------------|----|
e|-------------------------------|----|
                                 |Guitar 2
                                E|-------------------------------------
                                B|-------------------------------------
                                G|-------------------------12----------
                                D|-13-12h13p12----------12----15-13----
                                A|-------------15----15-------------15-
                                e|----------------15-------------------

 Guitar 2
E --------------------------------------------------------------|
B --------------------------------------------------------------|
G --------10-10b(12)--------------------------12----------------|
D -12-13--12-12b(13)--13-12h13p12----------12----15-13----12-13-|
A --------------------------------15----15-------------15-------|
e -----------------------------------15-------------------------|
  
  Guitar 2
E|---------------------------|
B|---------------------------|
G|-12b(13)b12----------------|
D|------------13-10-12-13-10-|
A|---------------------------|
e|---------------------------|
 |Guitar 1                   |
E|---------------------------|
B|---------------------------|
G|---------------------------|
D|-13b(15)b13-13-10-12-13-10-|
A|---------------------------|
e|---------------------------|

  Guitar 1 2x
E|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|-15-13h15p13-12----------15-13h15p13-12----12-|
D|----------------15-13-15----------------15----|
A|----------------------------------------------|
e|----------------------------------------------|

  Guitar 2 2x
E|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------|
D|-15-13h15p13-------------15-13h15p13----------|
A|-------------16-15-13-15-------------16-15-16-|
e|----------------------------------------------|

  Guitar 1
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---12----------------------------12----12-13-15-13h15p13-12-------------|
D|------15-13-12-------------12-13----13----------------------15-13-12----|
A|-15------------14----14-15-------------------------------------------13-|
e|------------------15----------------------------------------------------|

E|---------------------------------------------------------------
B|---------------------------------------------------------------
G|-13-15-15b(17)b15-13-12-------------12--12-13-12h13p12---------
D|------------------------15-12-13-15--------------------13-12---
A|------------------------------------------------------------13-
e|---------------------------------------------------------------

Solo End 2x

E|--------------------------------------------------
B|--------------------------------------------------
G|-----12-13-12h13p12p10-12-------------------------
D|-10-----------------------13-10-------10-12-13-10-
A|--------------------------------10-13-------------
e|--------------------------------------------------

E --------------------------------------------------|
B --------------------------------------------------|
G -----12-13-12h13p12p10-12-------------------------|
D -10-----------------------13-10-------10-12-------|
A --------------------------------10-13-------13----|
e -----------------------------------------------13-|

Verse 6 2x

  The iron crowned
  Is getting closer
  Swings his hammer
  Down on him
  Like a thunderstorm
  He's crushing
  Down on Noldor's
  Proudest king
                      End 1                  End 2
E|-------------------|----------------------|----------------------|
B|-------------------|----------------------|----------------------|
G|----12-------------|----------------------|----------------------|
D|-------13-12-13-15-|----12-------13-12----|-12-13-15-12----------|
A|-15----------------|-------13----------15-|-------------13----13-|
e|-------------------|-15-------15----------|----------------15----|

Verse 7 (same riff as Verse 5)

  Under my foot
  So hopeless it seems
  You've troubled my day
  Now feel the pain

Play: Bridge
Play: Chorus

Outro

  The Elvenking's broken
  He stumbles adn falls
  The most proud and most valiant
  His spirit survives

  Part 1 4x
E|---------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------|
G|-12----------14---------------12-------------------|
D|----12-13-12----12-13-12--15-----15-14h15p14-12----|
A|------------------------------------------------15-|
e|---------------------------------------------------|

  Part 2 4x
E|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|    Praise our king...
G|-15-17-15h17p15-14----------|    Praise our king....
D|-------------------17-15-17-|    Praise our king.....
A|----------------------------|
e|----------------------------|

Last time playing Part 2, slow down the speed and end
with a last - Praise our king......

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