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The Road Goes Ever On by J.R.R. Tolkien

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I watched The Fellowship of the Ring again last night. Been trying to end my work early so I can rest in the evening, maybe write (for myself this time) or read a book. Felt a hankering to see the movie after I found myself humming Tolkien’s poem a few days ago. I read about this Russian novel‘s retelling from the point of view of Mordor. I shall very much like to read that one.

Anyway, I will watch The Two Towers tonight. I have thought of watching all three in one sitting, and preferably, all the extended versions, but 10 hours is no cake.

The Road Goes Ever On
J.R.R. Tolkien

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.

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This poem appeared in The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, published by William Morrow Paperbacks. Shared here with profound gratitude.

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Comments (2)

  • Janet Ramon

    At the beginning you are so eager, new roads, new turns. But then, is all decisions, decisions…

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  • Bhuvaneshwari

    a beautiful poem.. fits my current situation perfectly..!!!

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