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Bilbo's Last Song (1974)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Other authors: Pauline Baynes (Illustrator), M. Joy Hill (Copyright owner)

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Series: The Lord of the Rings (Epilogue)

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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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Absolutely delightful!
Fabulous illustrations. ( )
  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
Tolkien's poignant, beautiful words are only enhanced by the exquisite detail and care in the illustrations done by Pauline Baynes. I can't express my love for this wee book enough- but I will add that I wouldn't mind it as an epitaph when my time comes. ( )
  bookwyrmqueen | Oct 25, 2021 |
"Bilbo's Last Song" is a poem that serves as a kind of epilogue to "The Lord of the Rings". In the end of that epic novel, Bilbo embarks on a journey to the Undying Lands. This poem is about the start of the journey from the Grey Havens, describing Bilbo's thoughts and feelings from his own point of view.
While there are a few Bilbo poems that to my mind are better than this one ("The Road Goes Ever On" or "I Sit Beside The Fire And Think"), this is still excellent in its simplicity. The words are clear and on point, and yet it is very moving and captures Bilbo's weariness and melancholy, accompanied by his hope and sense of adventure that is still lingering within him.
However, what makes this book special are actually the illustrations by Pauline Baynes. She was an illustrator favoured by Tolkien and is known for her illustrations of "The Chronicles of Narnia". She did the first illustration of the poem in 1974 when it was published as a poster.
The illustrations in this book are simply delightful! While each quartet of the poem is decorated with garlands and branches of different plants, there is a scene corresponding to it on the opposite page (for example, pictures of Bilbo in Rivendell, Bilbo and the elves riding through the forest, the ship waiting at the Grey Havens, Merry and Pippin arriving there to meet Frodo and Sam). On the bottom of each page, there is a small picture from "The Hobbit", thus showing Bilbo's first grand journey, which he might remember while he embarks on his last one.
These pictures are so lovely and full of vivid details! I think I will browse this small book time and time again just to look at them. ( )
  MissBrangwen | Mar 26, 2021 |
By itself, the poem would merit three stars, but the illustrations are of such a superb quality, I had to bump up the rating. There's a great juxtaposition of scenes from Bilbo's original quest to the Lonely Mountain and his time in Rivendell - plus he looks so darn adorable. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
Read this with my daughters as a tribute to Tolkien on his twelfty-first birthday. I don't foresee reading it again (voluntarily).


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  octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
J. R. R. Tolkienprimary authorall editionscalculated
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hill, M. JoyCopyright ownersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ahlström, MikaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freymann, Margarete vonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Strindberg, RobertPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Virtanen, JukkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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