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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Emyn Muil, Pt. 3-a ~ “Now that I see him, I do pity him.”

Posted on 2007.04.18 at 18:32

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Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2007-04-20 10:13 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you Mechling!

Your beautiful caps and engaging essay are much appreciated. I love it when you point out the subtle, meaningful differences in Tolkien's writing. Which I usually miss. For instance. I did not notice the change of one of the words in the following: (Until it was pointed out to me, of course).

I guess that you already know this but it might be of interest to others.


Bilbo version in A Long-expected Party

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.


Frodo’s version in Three is Company

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with weary feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

I have added the following for comparison.
Bilbo’s version in Many Partings

The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!
Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet.


Life is but a journey.

Enjoy your Week-end lass!



Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-04-20 13:38 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Este, that's great! I knew about the differences but have never been able to look at them together. Don't forget Frodo's poignant version of it, too.

In Three is Company the first part of the second verse went,

Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.

He re-styles the second verse in The Grey Havens thus:

Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate;
And though I oft have passed them by,
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

What a writer Tolkien was. Talk about subtle, but introducing the tone of portent.

Hey, Este, looking for a quick way to copy and paste these (didn't find one in time) I did find this on Google, at Wikipedia. You'll love it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_Goes_Ever_On_(song)

I hadn't realised this walking song went all the way back to "The Hobbit". I guess this song really threads the whole saga together, both books!


Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2007-04-23 12:32 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you Mechling! (((Hugs)))

P.S. The Wood anemonies are in bloom in Sweden. (See icon)
mechling at 2007-04-23 12:49 (UTC) (Link)
Do you have those out at the cabin? They are so beautiful! How large are they? The size of shirt buttons?
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2007-04-23 14:12 (UTC) (Link)
Yes we do. But we may not pick the blue species because they are a protected flower. They are ca: 3/4" wide, which would be twice the size of those in the icon.

They usually arrive before the white species, but due to the early spring, this year, they are blooming together. The woods are as white as snow because of the abundance of White Anemones.

mechling at 2007-04-23 16:08 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, MORE than beautiful! I'd have to lay down and stare at them.
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