Walking Song

Today the girls and I will be dodging Nazgul cyclists while we walk our trail. Look! I think that’s the Trinity tree! “There and back again” is 6 miles for us.

From J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Upon the hearth the fire is red,
Beneath the roof there is a bed;
But not yet weary are our feet,
Still round the corner we may meet

A sudden tree or standing stone
That none have seen but we alone.
Tree and flower and leaf and grass,
Let them pass! Let them pass!

Hill and water under sky
Pass them by! Pass them by!
Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,

And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.

Apple, thorn, and nut and sloe,
Let them go! Let them go!
Sand and stone and pool and dell,
Fare you well! Fare you well!

Home is behind, the world ahead,
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadows to the edge of night,
Until the stars are all alight.

Then world behind and home ahead,
We’ll wander back to home and bed.
Mist and twilight, cloud and shade,
Away shall fade! Away shall fade!

Fire and lamp and meat and bread,
And then to bed! And then to bed!

9 thoughts on “Walking Song

  1. Hi erika!

    Hi Kim,
    My daughter is in Chicago this weekend visiting her classmates at Wheaton. 🙂
    blessings!
    —————

    Jode…yes, indeed! May the enchantment continue!

  2. Another song, though short, from the same source:

    Ho! Ho! Ho! to the bottle I go
    To heal my heart and drown my woe.
    Rain may fall and wind may blow,
    and many miles be still to go,
    But under a tall tree I will lie,
    And let the clouds go sailing by.

    Of course, this would be well accompanied by someone saying, “May your beer be laid under an enchantment of surpassing excellence for seven years!”

  3. “Dear”,
    Oh No! Now everyone’s going to know why I married you. All because of your wit and your brain! (should I have said brawn?) You know I’ve always been more attracted to a good mind. Wish I was in So. Cal. with you now!

  4. lol – glad I decided to comment today so that I didn’t miss that little exchange 🙂

    Love that poem – and all of a sudden you’ve made me want to reread LOTR – an illustrated version if I can find one at the library.

    Looks like busy times at the homestead.

    xo
    k

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