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Bilbo's Last Song Paperback – 25 Oct 2012

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099439751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099439752
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 0.5 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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Considered to be Bilbo Baggins' epilogue to The Lord of the Rings sequence, Bilbo's Last Song is his short but beautiful farewell poem to Middle-Earth. The lyrical text in this new gift edition is accompanied by some stunningly detailed colour illustrations by Pauline Baynes that are worth the cover price alone. Baynes, who famously illustrated CS Lewis'sNarnia Chronicles, was much admired by Tolkien as well as a good friend of his.

Bilbo Baggins, the famous Hobbit adventurer, composed his last song after arriving at Grey Havens to board the White Ship on its journey west. He reflects on the leaving of Middle-Earth and the voyage that would take him to the Undying Lands at the end of the sunset. Like Elrond, he had indicated to Frodo that his thoughts were turning towards departure.

There are extensive notes contained within about Baynes' illustrations, which depict two journeys. The larger ones depict the journey that brings the ring-bearers and the company of elves to the Grey Havens and the beginning of the final voyage. Another sequence of smaller vignettes show scenes from The Hobbit as Bilbo remembers his first journey on the eve of his last.

Interestingly, the copyright of Bilbo's Last Song was a gift from Tolkien to a young woman seconded from his publisher in the 1970s to help him with his correspondence--which was vast. He used to joke that if ever a diamond bracelet fell out of an envelope it would be hers. Once, when she was helping him pack up his office before he moved house, Bilbo's Last Song fell out of a book and she loved it so much that Tolkien said it could be her diamond bracelet. It was never published in his lifetime.

Suitable for readers aged 10 and over, this is a stunningly beautiful book that collectors will treasure. --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A must for all fans of Tolkien's vast, epic fantasy"-"Publishers Weekly

"From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Nice little tale loved the pictures!
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There is a risk, if you have Peter Jackson's epic as your visualisation of Middle-earth, that you might find Ms Baynes' illustrations too primitive; they are the sort you might find in a childrens book. I found them enchanting. The 24 line poem is spread throughout the book with illustrations of Bilbo's last journey with the Elves, meeting Frodo and Sam, then on to the Grey Havens and the Blessed Realm. Illustrations from The Hobbit sit in cameo,like a memory, on each page. In this way, the pictures mingle with the poem and become part of it; the journey experienced as the poem forms and the memory of Bilbo's finest hour. It's almost as if you're inside Bilbo's mind as he journeys to leave Middle-earth forever. This is a great book to give to a Tolkien fan, and to any child who has read The Hobbit, or had it read to them.
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This exquisitely beautiful book is a real treasure, with such wonderful full-color illustrations by Pauline Baynes and sparkling silver lettering on the cover. Bilbo's Last Song is considered to be Tolkien's epilogue to his classic work `the Lord of the Rings' and closure on Bilbo's story. The jewel-like paintings by Pauline Baynes (Tolkien's favorite illustrator of his works), within this book tell two stories simultaneously ~ with the larger illustrations depicting the journey that brings the Ring-bearers and the company of Elves to the Grey Havens and the beginning of the final voyage across the sea. Running concurrently is a sequence of vignettes showing scenes from `The Hobbit' so Bilbo remembers his first journey, as he prepares for his last. This is an enchanting, supremely magical book filled with lyrical prose and fantastical adventure.

Bilbo Baggins, famous Hobbit adventurer and savior of the One Ring, arrives at the Grey Havens at the end of the Third Age to board the White Ship on its journey West. It is here that he composes his last song, reflecting on the leaving of Middle-Earth and the voyage that will take him to the Undying Lands at the end of the sunset. (This representation of JRR Tolkien's ideals on death and/ or immortality is pleasantly harmonius and it is nice that you are left in the unknown). Poignant and lyrical, the song is both a longing to set forth on his ultimate journey and a tender farewell to his friends left behind.

"Farewell friends! The sails are set, the wind is east, the moorings fret..."

Bilbo's last song is a must for all fans of Tolkien's vast, epic fantasy as it offers closure to one of the most significant character's stories.
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Format: Hardcover
Having only recently read the poem on a website, I became incresingly aware of its intense emotion and beauty. I found myself re-reading it again and again, I must say I really fell in love with it. When I found this book for sale at Amazon I was initially afraid that it might be a disappointment. Now that it has just recently arrived, I find that it has become preciouss to me... Pauline Baynes' drawings are just wonderful, suitable for a child or an adult in the same way as "The Hobbit" itself fits both audiences. The hardcover is beautifully decorated and comes covered with a perfectly identical removable softcover. On each odd page you get a bit of the poem, while each even page is illustrated with a large drawing relating to Bilbo's departure from Middle-Earth. On the bottom of every page there is also a small illustration from "The Hobbit" which, as a set, roughly depict the main passages of J.R.R. Tolkien's wonderful book.
In the end, I must say that this book truly conveys part of the emotion of "The Lord of The Rings" and "The Hobbit", so it should appeal to anyone who's already a lover of these books.
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With the Hobbit being this years hot Christmas film, there are going to be a number of people out there that would love to introduce the father of modern fantasy to the young reader in their home and whilst its going to be a little bit too old for some this book makes a wonderful addition to your home whilst bringing the full flavour to your young readers imagination. Beautifully written and accompanied by wonderful expansive art this title is one that really will hit the spot and help take many back to their first reading of the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings whilst entertaining the next generation.

Add to the mix the readability factor which means it'll be requested again and all round a definite sure fire hit so much so that when my Dad saw that I had a copy he not only half hitched it but decided on an impromptu reading for his Grandchildren who sat enraptured around his feet.
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If you have read Hobbit and LOTR, this might be a bit of a surprise. Bilbo's farewell to Middle-earth as a short poem with illustrations from Tolkien's favourite illustrator Paulinen Baynes. The perfect little gift for Tolkien fans of all ages.
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A coda to The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo's Last Song is a poem of twelve four-line stanzas telling the tale of the old hobbit's passing from Middle-earth into the uttermost West.

Each stanza is allocated an entire left-hand page. Framing the twelve verses are twelve different pairs of overarching trees, painted in colour by Tolkien's favourite artist, the late Pauline Baynes. Beneath, on and above the trees are a wonderful variety of creatures lent by the British countryside - fox and badger, beaver and stoat, hedgehog and otter, frog and squirrel, weasel and rabbit, bat, blackbird and owl, all animated by the keenly observed spirit so characteristic of Pauline's work.

Opposite each stanza, on the right-hand page, is a colour vignette of a stage of Bilbo's last journey. We see him in his room at Rivendell, speaking to Elrond, mounting his pony, riding through woodland, encountering Frodo and Sam, coming to the Far Downs, meeting Cirdan the Shipwright, arriving at the Grey Havens, greeting Merry and Pippin, setting sail, passing the horizon and coming at last to the glory of the Undying Lands.

At the foot of each page are a series of smaller colour vignettes depicting the great adventure of Bilbo's that Tolkien recorded in The Hobbit. In the edition which I own - a hardback published by Hutchinson in 2002 - there is also a frontispiece showing Bilbo at his writing desk, together with a title page portrait of Bilbo resting after a walk and an inexpressibly lovely endpaper painting of Elrond's company watched by fox, deer, badger and squirrel as they ride through a golden-leaved autumn. Six pages of notes relate each illustration to the relevant passage in Tolkien's stories.
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