September 22nd is Hobbit Day, a day to celebrate the masterful literary creations of J.R.R. Tolkien. I first read The Hobbit as a high schooler and loved the story from the very beginning. But for some reason, it wasn't until just a few years ago that I finally read The Lord of the Rings. The LOTR trilogy is a bit more of a dense read that is lacking much of the whimsy of The Hobbit so perhaps it was better that I read it when I was older, but in any case, I was totally mesmerized by Tolkien's world and have been a fan ever since. I have re-read the books multiple times now and these works are so rich that I always find something new to think about each time.
Throughout Tolkien's writing, he uses songs and poems from various character's perspectives to illustrate their emotions, to recognize a milestone, or, as is often the case with the hobbits, just for the fun of making a beautiful rhyme. One such piece is referred to as "The Road Goes Ever On", though it is not given a title when it first appears in The Hobbit. This one is interesting because the first two verses of this piece are recited by Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, but then it is added to by Frodo in The Lord of the Rings books.
Well, with all of that said, since today is Hobbit Day, I decided to record a recitation of "The Road Goes Ever On" to share with you. As you may know already because of my Verses In Vox project, I am a lover of classic poetry, and this piece is absolutely beautiful and I don't think one must be a hobbit to appreciate its sentiments! I hope you enjoy!
If you'd like to learn more about this piece, check out its Wikipedia page.
Music Credit: "Night Vigil" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/