Book Review: Bilbo’s Last Song by J. R. R. Tolkien (Four Stars)

Book Review: Bilbo’s Last Song by J. R. R. Tolkien

Four Stars out of Five (All but the most ardent Tolkien fans will rate it lower)

“Day is ended, dim my eyes,

but journey long before me lies.”

A short picture book published after Tolkien’s death. The poem is presented one couplet per two pages amid illustrations by Pauline Baynes of both The Hobbit and the journey to Grey Havens from The Return of the King.

The poem is not Tolkien’s best. But the illustrations will be recognizable, perhaps only slightly less readily than ones by the Brothers Hildebrandt, as classics of Tolkien stories. Baynes also illustrated C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.

Pleasant to find something “new” by Tolkien.

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