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Bilbo's last song
I just came across this on twitter and thought I'd share it.

It is the copy of Bilbo’s Last Song given to Miss M. Joy Hill in 1970. Tolkien gave her copyright ownership.

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As the poem says: "Farewell friends! I hear the call"

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But what about Frodo?
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Gandalf: "Frodo, it's time".
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Frodo's decision
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With hope into the West.

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Oh, that handwritten note! Thank you for posting.

You're welcome.
He paid so much attention to detail. I was touched to see he made the corrections and the comment in two stages, first using a red and then a black pen.

ok, now you went and done it. *sniffs* a beautiful song for such a sad event.

Dear Bilbo! Thank you so much for sharing this.

Thanks so much for sharing this. *wipes eyes*

Thank you so much for this beautiful post, my dear.
I love this handwritten note, I've never seen it.

You're welcome, Julchen.
The professor was a special man.

not only is that such a beautiful poem (and so lovely a bookend for "Sit Beside the Fire"), but it's astounding that he gave her the copyright. (well, perhaps not SO astounding, considering her devotion to him, but it was a mighty gift, nonetheless!)

(on one of our Reading Days in LA, read this as the close. It really is lovely. you might enjoy, if you don't have it already, the little book of it, with illos by Baynes)

Edited at 2016-07-09 03:26 pm (UTC)

It really is a perfect bookend for "Sit Beside the Fire".
The only book with Tolkien poems illustrated by Pauline Baynes that I have is a Dutch translation by Max Schuchart: "De Avonturen van Tom Bombadil". I bought it before I grew comfortable reading English. It doesn't have Bilbo's Last Song.

here is a link to it on Amazon.....dont know if you have amazon where u r?


Thank you so much, Jan. I'll get it from Amazon-UK.

it really is lovely. If you like Baynes' illos, necessary. If you don't, well, it is just one more thing to have.

i think i'll try and print out that letter ......

Lovely. Thanks for sharing it.

Aw this is very nice and unique, Ambree! And with these amazing pictures it's really a great treat! Love it (and you).

Thank you. I'm so glad you liked the post. :-)

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