Bilbo's Last Song

Bilbo's Last Song

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by J. R. R. Tolkien, Pauline Baynes, Pauline Baynes
     
 

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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.

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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 Bilbo remembers his first journey while he prepares for his last.

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"A must for all fans of Tolkien’s vast, epic fantasy”–Publishers Weekly
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Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy can read Bilbo's farewell to Middle-earth in this beautifully illustrated book that's as heart-touching as it is magical.

In 32 pages with paintings by Pauline Baynes -- one of Tolkien's favorite artists -- Bilbo's song closes one epic chapter while opening up the journey to the Undying Lands: "Day is ended,/Dim my eyes,/but journey long/before me lies." Making way for the ship bound westward, Bilbo assembles a group of Elves of the High Kindred to accompany him on the trip, meets Gandolf and Círdan the Shipwright for the voyage, and bids adieu to Middle-earth friends, including Merry and Pippin. After the crew has boarded, the mighty ship finally sails westward, leaving Bilbo to sing homage to his exciting past: "Farewell to/Middle-earth at last,/I see the Star/above your mast!" As a perfect accompaniment to the text, Baynes's large, glorious illustrations on right-hand pages portray Bilbo's departure, while smaller paintings underneath the text (on the left) show scenes from The Hobbit. Also included in the back are essential Notes on the Pictures, which tell where the ideas for the pictures originated, what each illustration shows, and references to Tolkien's works (book and page number).

A small book that yields large closure for Rings enthusiasts, Bilbo's Last Song combines Tolkien's powerful words and Baynes's exquisite paintings into a brilliant package, creating a fantastical framework for Bilbo's journey. A handsome work that will complete any Tolkien collection. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
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:
09/24/2002
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
120,315
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.31(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 18 Years

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"A must for all fans of Tolkien’s vast, epic fantasy”–Publishers Weekly

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 3, 1892
Date of Death:
September 2, 1973
Place of Birth:
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
Place of Death:
Oxford, England
Education:
B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

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Bilbo's Last Song 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.