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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Jan-u-wine's "At the Last", with an art manip based on a self-portrait by Michael Sweerts.

Posted on 2010.01.30 at 09:31


mechtild at 2010-02-06 15:43 (UTC) (Link)
"These words remind me that there will come a time when there are new books and inventions, cures and discoveries, all kinds of wonders that I shall not be a part of. - I know I’m too nosey for my own good :)"

How much I resonate with what you have said, Estë. And how much it reminds me of what Bilbo recited in his aged song in Rivendell. First he sings of images remembered from the past, but these inform what he knows he will not live to experience:

I sit beside the fire and think
of how the world will be
when winter comes without a spring
that I shall ever see

For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring
there is a different green.

I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago,
and people who will see a world
that I shall never know.

I think it's one of the most beautiful poems in all of Tolken. But I think it may be that I'm getting to be the age to really appreciate it. :) There's a subdued but gorgeously evocative setting of this by the Tolkien Ensemble, the best version I've heard. Have you ever listened to it, Estë?

If you open "The Old Walking Song", #2, the singer is the same, also singing Bilbo here:


Or, if you can open a wma file (Windows Media Audio), I can send you a copy of Bilbo' Song as an attachment. I have the album it comes from downloaded into my computer files.

Did you see Jan's poem posted previous to this, "The Road Back"? I think you will enjoy it. It's a sort of ode to the Shire Frodo loves as he walks through it during a day. Perhaps you've already looked at it, if so, ignore this.


~ Mechtild

Edited at 2010-02-06 03:43 pm (UTC)
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2010-02-14 14:07 (UTC) (Link)
Happy Valentine’s Day Lass!

Thank you Mechling. What a treat that was. I would like to buy some of their music. But first I need to run into Mad Baggins "who used to vanish with a bang and a flash and reappear with bags of jewels and gold" :D

Did you know that, on ROTK EE DVD, the music accompanying the very last song, during the Fan Credits, is composed by Howard Shore as a final good-by to fans? The choir sings Bilbo’s aged song in Sindarin. It is beautiful.

I found the information at: http://www.amagpiesnest.com/source_songs/ROTK/SSbilbos_song.htm


mechtild at 2010-02-16 04:34 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for that link, Estë, and I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply.

I have long enjoyed listening to Shore's version of "I Sit Before the Fire and Think" that's on the "Complete Recordings" RotK. I had no idea, though, that it was composed with that intention -- that it is meant as a goodbye to fans. I think he was a bit premature, in light of "The Hobbit", hmmm? ;)

I am sorry the Tolkien Ensemble's CD's are so pricey, too. I downloaded most of what I have from copies borrowed from libraries. I listen to music on an MP3 player these days, so I have put even the CD's I already own onto the hard drive so I can load them into my little machine.

If you really like the music, I'd be happy to make a copy for you. I know you can't play a Region 1 film DVD, but maybe your computer would play a DVD with only audio files on it? A DVD holds way more than a CD does, which is why I suggest it. All the albums would fit on one disc.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2010-02-20 15:25 (UTC) (Link)
Don’t be sorry about any delay in replying, Lass. I am not on line as often as before. My love of Frodo lives on. When ‘The Hobbit’ is closing in on us I’m sure the excitement will be renewed, albeit on a smaller scale.

I'd be happy to make a copy for you.

That is a generous offer, Mechling. Thank you.
My birthday is coming up in a few months so I am giving hubby a ‘nudge’ (not out of the door though). Isn’t it remarkable how, almost, all things revolve around LoTR, books and films? :)

Don’t hesitate to ask me if there is anything I can do for you.

mechtild at 2010-02-20 15:35 (UTC) (Link)

Do you mean, though, that you would like a copy, or that you would like the CD's as birthday presents from your husband? There is an advantage to that, since you get the booklet that comes with the CD with all the liner notes. But if he doesn't come through, or can't get all of them (check on Amazon and look at the song listings; I believe there may be two titles for what is the same song list, but I forget which album that applies to), let me know.

*another smooch*

~ Mechtild
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2010-02-20 16:12 (UTC) (Link)

I would like the CD's as birthday presents from hubby. I have even sent him the link. :D

We have snowstorm warnings here and minus 11 C. Brrrrrrrr!

*Hugses *


mechtild at 2010-02-20 16:24 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for clarifying, Estë. Best wishes on getting your birthday presents, and stay warm! :)
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