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.
J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Book I, Chapter 1: A Long-Expected Party
ballpoint pen and watercolour pencils
Another illustration for one of the beautiful Tolkien poems, this time it is The Old Walking Song
, which appears several times throughout The Lord of the Rings in several variations. This is the first one, sung by Bilbo, as he leaves the Bag End for his permanent holiday after the Long-Expected Party.
For a beautiful musical version, listen to the Tolkien Ensemble: youtu.be/Y8lcVJPX-sk
By the way, can you recognize some particular places details in the picture?