Bilbo’s Last Song

Bilbo’s Last Song

Day is ended, dim my eyes,
but journey long before me lies.
Farewell, friends! I hear the call.
The ship’s beside the stony wall.
Foam is white and waves are grey;
beyond the sunset leads my way.
Foam is salt, the wind is free;
I hear the rising of the Sea.

Farewell, friends! The sails are set,
the wind is east, the moorings fret.
Shadows long before me lie,
beneath the ever-bending sky,
but islands lie behind the Sun
that I shall raise ere all is done;
lands there are to west of West,
where night is quiet and sleep is rest.

Hobbit trail to Heceta Head – Oregon

Guided by the Lonely Star,
beyond the utmost harbour-bar
I’ll find the havens fair and free,
and beaches of the Starlit Sea.
Ship, my ship! I seek the West,
and fields and mountains ever blest.
Farewell to Middle-earth at last.
I see the Star above your mast!


Bilbo’s Last Song; Unwin Hyman, 1990 – illustrated by Pauline Baynes

“We’ve opened all the parcels and there was no gold bracelet for you. I’ve decided that Bilbo’s Last Song is going to be your bracelet.”

J.R.R.Tolkien to Margaret Joy Hill

Dear Joy, I have appended the following note to the copy of Bilbo’s Last Song (at the Grey Havens) which I retain – A copy of this poem was presented to Miss M. Joy Hill on September 3, 1970, and also the ownership of the copyright of this poem, with the intention that she should have the right to publish it, or to dispose of the copyright, as she might wish to do, at any time after my death. This was a free gift as a token of gratitude for her work on my behalf.

J. R. R. Tolkien.

Reference: Scull, Christina and Hammond, Wayne G.: The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, 2nd edition; Harper Collins, 2017.

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