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Bilbo's Last Song by J. R. R. Tolkien

Bilbo's Last Song (1974)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Other authors: Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)

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What a delightful read this was, though the best part was the illustrations by Pauline Baynes, the same artist whose sketches adorned the original Narnia books. I especially liked how she told the story of The Hobbit at the bottom of each page while still illustrating Bilbo's final poem above, in the main portion. Nice little book. ( )
  fuzzi | Sep 6, 2018 |
This book is packed with more goodness inside than its size implies. Pauline Baynes created illustrations for the poem Bilbo wrote to commemorate his last adventure; the trip into the West with the elves. That's not all though. At the bottom of each page is a tiny picture to illustrate scenes from The Hobbit. That's not all though. The stanzas of the poem, one to a page, are surrounded by an illustration of various types of old withered trees, covered in wildlife and woodland creatures, and the first letter is illuminated beautifully. All of the illustrations are beautifully detailed with many lovely sights to discover. Tiny little jewels. At the end of the book, the quotations which inspired the illustrations are included, along with a bit of information about the pictures. ( )
  MrsLee | Aug 20, 2018 |
This poem is brief, and it is the illustrations that bring it to life and add the magic. If you haven't read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, this book would have little value or meaning beyond the artwork. For those that enjoyed those books, this is a goodbye poem from Bilbo, and though short, I thoroughly enjoyed it. ( )
  jmillerlits | Jul 15, 2016 |
This one is more about the artwork and how Bilbo recalls his adventures before leaving for Grey Havens with the elves at the end of Lord of the Rings. ( )
  ssimon2000 | May 31, 2016 |
The illustrations are what turn this slight poem into a book- but even with the illustrations, it remains one of the lesser of Tolkien's poems. The pictures are dreamy, lovely, and evocative. Clearly illustrated by someone deeply familiar with JRRT, there's a certain reverence to each page. The poem itself is a little melancholy, a little overwrought- in other words, vintage Bilbo.
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  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
J. R. R. Tolkienprimary authorall editionscalculated
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ahlström, MikaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Virtanen, JukkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Day is ended, dim my eyes,
but journey long before me lies.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375823735, Hardcover)

Bilbo’s Last Song is considered by many to be Tolkien’s epilogue to his classic work The Lord of the Rings. As Bilbo Baggins takes his final voyage to the Undying Lands, he must say goodbye to Middle-earth. Poignant and lyrical, the song is both a longing to set forth on his ultimate journey and a tender farewell to friends left behind.
Pauline Baynes’s jewel-like illustrations lushly depict both this final voyage and scenes from The Hobbit, as Bilbo remembers his first journey while he prepares for his last.

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The hobbit Bilbo Baggins bids farewell to his friends and to the world of Middle-earth as he sets forth on his last journey.

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