Friday, November 20, 2020

A Walking Song

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Hasn't it been a while since we went back to Tolkien? Here's A Walking Song from the Tolkien Reader that I read today for my little dose of Tolkien happiness! I also remember this song from The Fellowship of the Ring, the first book in the Lord of the Rings series. This was one of Bilbo Baggins' songs that  Frodo, Pippin, and Sam sing as they hike through the Woody End! 
Upon the hearth the fire is red,
Beneath the roof there is a bed;
But not yet weary are our feet,
Still round the corner we may meet
A sudden tree or standing stone
That none have seen but we alone.
Tree and flower and leaf and grass,
Let them pass! Let them pass!
Hill and water under sky,
Pass them by! Pass them by!

Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.
Apple, thorn, and nut and sloe,
Let them go! Let them go!
Sand and stone and pool and dell,
Fare you well! Fare you well!

Home is behind, the world ahead,
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadows to the edge of night,
Until the stars are all alight.
Then world behind and home ahead,
We'll wander back to home and bed.
Mist and twilight, cloud and shade,
Away shall fade! Away shall fade!
Fire and lamp, and meat and bread,
And then to bed! And then to bed!

This is one of those songs that come up repeatedly in the series because it is Bilbo's. I really like this one. I think the best way to read this one is not not read it, but sing it. You can put the tune that is "as old as the hills" as Bilbo would say! Have a nice day!


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