Bilbo’s Last Song by J.R.R. Tolkien

14 02 2005

Day is ended, dim my eyes,
but journey long before me lies.
Farewell, friends! I hear the call.
The ship’s beside the stony wall.
Foam is white and waves are grey;
beyond the sunset leads my way.
Foam is salt, the wind is free;
I hear the rising of the Sea.

Farewell, friends! The sails are set,
the wind is east, the moorings fret.
Shadows long before me lie,
beneath the ever-bending sky,
but islands lie behind the Sun
that I shall raise ere all is done;
lands there are to west of West,
where night is quiet and sleep is rest.

Guided by the Lonely Star,
beyond the utmost harbour-bar,
I’ll find the heavens fair and free,
and beaches of the Starlit Sea.
Ship, my ship! I seek the West,
and fields and mountains ever blest.
Farewell to Middle-earth at last.
I see the Star above my mast!


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3 responses

17 02 2005
Mani

Nice poem.. Where did you get the poem from? I mean which book is it from Hobbit? or may be LOTR ?? or something else..

Mani.

19 02 2005
Rani Sowmya

Hi Mani,

I got the poem from http://tolkien.cro.net/talesong/lastsong.html when I was googling.. Don’t really know whether the same song is in The Hobbit. And there is a Book titled “Bilbo’s Last Song”, guesstimating that it should have it.

Rani

21 02 2005
Mani

Thanks. U might be interested in this link which explains the context of the song..

http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/1112.html

btw nice blog.I did check out your website too. Nice work.

Mani.

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