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Bilbo's Last Song - J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo's Last Song

By: J.R.R. Tolkien, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)

Paperback

Published: 25th October 2012
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Bilbo's Last Song is Tolkien's poignant epilogue to The Lord of the Rings. Set in the last moments of the book Tolkien gives us Bilbo's thoughts as he prepares for his final voyage to the Undying Lands beyond the sunset. The song is both a longing to set forth on his ultimate journey and a tender farewell to friends left behind. Pauline Baynes' jewel-like paintings illuminate the text to make a stunning gift book that no Tolkien enthusiast will want to be without. Published to coincide with the release of the second LORD OF THE RINGS motion picture, The Two Towers.

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 is a poem written by Bilbo, hero adventurer of The Hobbit, before he leaves Middle Earth to take a ship to the Undying Lands beyond the sunset at the end of The Lord of the Rings. Pauline Baynes magical, jewel-like illustrations depict the journey that brings the ring bearers and the company of elves to The Grey Havens and the ship that is waiting to take them on their final journey. Running concurrently is a series of vignettes showing scenes from The Hobbit; so Bilbo remembers his first journey as he contemplates his last. A friend of the author's for many years, Pauline Baynes has included several of Tolkien's own ideas in her portrayal of the characters and scenes. The Lord of the Rings, the book of the 20th Century has been acclaimed as the motion picture event of the 21st Century - a groundbreaking epic of good versus evil, extraordinary heroes, wondrous creatures and dark armies of terror. The extraordinary success of this film has brought Tolkien and his world to the forefront of public consciousness worldwide.

About the Author

J. R. R. Tolkien was born in 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. From 1925-1959 he was an Oxford Professor, first of Anglo Saxon and then of English Language and Literature, but is best known as the author of the fantasy classic The Lord of the Rings. Pauline Baynes was born in Hove, Sussex and studied at Farnham School of Art. As well as being Tolkien's favourite illustrator (she illustrated several of his books including Farmer Giles of Ham and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil) she was also chosen by C. S. Lewis to illustrate the Narnia books. She lives in Farnham, Surrey.

J.R.R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shone in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called The Book of Lost Tales but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

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ISBN: 9780099439752
ISBN-10: 0099439751
Audience: Children
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 25th October 2012
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 20.4  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.17