Farewell, Dear Bilbo

In honour of Sir Ian Holm, who played both Bilbo and Frodo during his wonderful and storied career. RIP.

Sir Ian Holm in New Line Cinema’s ‘The Fellowship of the Ring”, 2001


I sit beside the fire and think
of all that I have seen,
of meadow-flowers and butterflies
in summers that have been;

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun
and wind upon my hair.

I sit beside the fire and think
of how the world will be
when winter comes without a spring
that I shall ever see.

For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring
there is a different green.

I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago,
and people who will see a world
that I shall never know.

But all the while I sit and think
of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet
and voices at the door.
The Lord of the Rings, II, 3, ‘The Ring Goes South’

3 thoughts on “Farewell, Dear Bilbo

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  1. This is indeed sad news. I will be watching “Fellowship of the Ring” tonight in honor. Great post as always, very heartfelt. These words are in every email I send and are my favorite passage of anything anywhere.

    “But all the while I sit and think
    of times there were before,
    I listen for returning feet
    and voices at the door.”

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      1. Wow, I just noticed that my copy and paste didn’t work correctly. I meant to use this… Still, I know exactly what you mean…

        I sit beside the fire and think
        of people long ago,
        and people who will see a world
        that I shall never know.

        But all the while I sit and think
        of times there were before,
        I listen for returning feet
        and voices at the door.

        Liked by 1 person

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