New edition to coincide with the release of the new Peter Jackson film adaptation of "The Hobbit", due for release in the UK on 14th December. This poem is a poignant epilogue as Bilbo recalls his first big adventure on his last journey to the West. Beautifully illustrated by Pauline Baynes.
J. R. R. Tolkien was born in 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. From 1925-1959 he was an Oxford Professor, first of Anglo Saxon and then of English Language and Literature, but is best known as the author of the fantasy classic The Lord of the Rings. Pauline Baynes was born in Hove, Sussex and studied at Farnham School of Art. As well as being Tolkien's favourite illustrator (she illustrated several of his books including Farmer Giles of Ham and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil) she was also chosen by C. S. Lewis to illustrate the Narnia books. She illustrated more than 100 books during her lifetime.