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Bilbo's Last Song Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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This is Bilbo's song as he arrives at the Grey Havens at the finale of "Lord of the Rings," at the Elven ships that will sail for the Undying Lands. His thoughts as he prepares to leave Middle-Earth are looking back on his long, adventure-filled life -- poignant, peaceful, and a little bit hopeful for the future.
While this is not a story or a sequel, it is nevertheless very Tolkienish. The rhythm, meter, and wording of this little poem is very recognizable as Tolkien's work, for anyone who has read his books and the wonderful poetry that is sprinkled through them. And Pauline Baynes has augmented the poetry with a series of beautiful pictures. Quite detailed and pretty, they have a slightly unearthly tinge, like the starlight around the Elves. And this new edition has excellent paper and printing, very high quality.
Even those who aren't die-hard Tolkien fans can appreciate the beauty of his poetry and the perfect accompaniment of Baynes' pictures. Lovely little gem.
The song is illustrated throughout with scenes from both "Lord" and "the Hobbit." Fans of Tolkien's tales will recognize many familiar scenes and characters: the doorway to Bilbo's home, the wizard Gandalf, the tragic Gollum, the dragon Smaug, and more. The illustrations vary from quaint and homey to action-packed to tenderly evocative. A key at the end of the book tells the origin of each scene illustrated. Bayne's pictures are full of color, charm, and interesting detail; I really believe this is a book one can come back to again and again.
This strikes me as a work that would be lovely to read at the passing of a loved one for it captures the longing to set forth as well as the sadness of the leaving.
It is a must for any Tolkien fan and certainly for any fans of the talented Pauline Baynes. Bilbo would be well pleased.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its a poem a well written poem but still a poem. Was expecting short novellaPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great little poems book. The proper farewell to Tolkien's Middle Earth.Published 1 month ago by Jose
This is a book for a very small child. I purchased it thinking it was for adults. Artwork is mediocre to say the least.Published 1 month ago by Moonpie
Just not what I expected but would work well for younger kids. I was hoping for more scenery and artwork.Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Hansen's fun holiday project
This is a beautiful little book. Not only have I been a Tolkien fan for about 60 years, but I am also a great fan of Pauline Baynes, who has done a beautiful job (as always) for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sheila Ary
I have always heard Tolkien described as difficult to read, however this beauty is written in such language that anyone, from little children to the elderly, may appreciate its... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hannah
There is none better than this to finish the works of Tolkien.TheGReat.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this with a very specific purpose: to read to my 4 year old son.
There are no good Tolkien books (or books based on Tolkien's stories) for preschoolers. Read more