Bilbo's Last Song

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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...
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Overview

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.

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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"Day is ended, dim my eyes,/ but journey long before me lies./ Farwell, friends! I heard 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." From its very first verse Bilbo's Last Song resonates for many readers as J.R.R. Tolkien's gentle farewell to Middle Earth. Even children who have no familiarity yet with The Lord of the Rings will find this picture book of the song illustrated by Pauline Baines' graceful Hobbit illustrations a perfect bedtime enchantment.

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"A must for all fans of Tolkien’s vast, epic fantasy”–Publishers Weekly
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When it first appeared in 1990, PW called Bilbo's Last Song by J.R.R. Tolkien, illus. by Pauline Baynes, "a must for all fans of Tolkien's vast, epic fantasy." The poem, purportedly written by Bilbo Baggins (hero of The Hobbit) just before he takes ship from Middle-earth to the Undying Lands at the end of The Lord of the Rings, gives rise to Bayne's medieval-flavored paintings. "The effect is stirring, the mood elegiac and the imagery riveting," said PW. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375823732
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/24/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 192,995
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 7.32 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien was the beloved author of The Hobbit and the masterpiece trilogy The Lord of the Rings. He died in 1973 at the age of 81.

Biography

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shine in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called "The Book of Lost Tales" but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins (UK).

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 3, 1892
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
    1. Date of Death:
      September 2, 1973
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2003

    Short but Sweet

    It may be a short book, but it's very beautiful and poetic. And the pictures are...Wow. I have loved all of Tolkien's books, expecially The Lord of the Rings. This book is Bilbo's last poems as he goes to the Grey Haven with the Elves. I would recomend it to someone who enjoyed The Hobbit and others by Tolkien.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    Poetic, but not history...

    This is a short book with lavish illustration, containing the song that Bilbo wrote before leaving Middle-Earth for the Grey Havens. It's a nice song, but this is the wrong book if you're looking for any history of Middle-Earth.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    Nice poem, bad illustrations

    Elrond has blue eyeshadow. In fact, all the elves look like drag-queens. Bilbo has more rouge than a clown. Ms. Baynes' illustrations were great for the Chronicles of Narnia, but in my opinion, much to 'pretty' and childish for the the likes of Tolkien.

    2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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