If the end of “Days of the Ring” represents the journey to the Elves’ Undying Lands, then “Bilbo’s Song” marks the completion of the hobbits’ tale. This, the most eloquent development of the hobbit music, allows the stepwise writing to bloom into an incredibly evolved, introspective melody. This song for boys chorus was the final music written for The Lord of the Rings. The film had been released theatrically, and its score honored with a spate of awards. When the music for the Extended Edition was recorded, this piece was added to the end credits suite—a final journey into Middle-earth for composer, Howard Shore.
Text by J.R.R. Tolkien
Sindarin Translation by David Salo
FIRST HEARD: DISC FOUR | TRACK EIGHT
Im nauthon nan naur nu ngilith | I sit beside the fire and think
O naid i gennin im | of all that i have seen,
O lyth e-barth a gwilwilith | of meadow-flowers and butterflies
Ne laer i vanner lim | in summers that have been;
O lhiath a golas malen | Of yellow leaves and gossamer
Ne daint i lais gwennin | in autumns that there were,
Na chith ah anor celebren | with morning mist and silver sun
A gwaewath or find nin | and wind upon my hair.
Im nauthon nan naur vi vuil | I sit beside the fire and think
Maven natha i ardhon | of how the world will be
Ias tol i riw ben ethuil | when winter comes without a spring
Ir im u-genithon | that I shall ever see.
An nadath laew nar annan | For still there are so many things
I ulu im cennin | that I have never seen:
Vin eryn ned ethuil ban | in every wood in every spring
Nar ennas laegath gwin. | there is a different green.
Im hevin nan naur a nauthon | I sit beside the fire and think
O gwaith nedin lu iaur | of people long ago,
A gwaith i cenitha ardhon | and people who will see a world
Ir istathon u aur. | that I shall never know.
Dan iar im nan naur peliel | But all the while I sit and think
Oh aurath ioer nauthon | of times there were before,
Laston a thail etheliel | I listen for returning feet
A lemmaid nan annon. | and voices at the door.
© The Annotated Score (The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films)
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