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Bilbo’s Last Song

As many of you know, I love the work of J.R.R. Tolkien! I’ve been a fan of his writing ever since I was a teenager, which is when I first read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. They are among my favorite books of all time.

Back in February, I had the opportunity to read Bilbo’s Last Song for the very first time, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Bilbo’s Last Song was written by J.R.R. Tolkien, and illustrated by Pauline Baynes. The book includes a single poem, which takes place after the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as Bilbo Baggins prepares to leave Middle-earth for the Undying Lands.

In the poem, Bilbo not only describes his journey, but says goodbye to the friends that he is leaving behind. The poem is accompanied not only by illustrations of Bilbo’s journey, but also by smaller illustrations of the adventures he experienced in The Hobbit.

Bilbo’s Last Song is a lovely book, and a very nice farewell to one of my favorite literary characters. I not only enjoyed the poem itself, but I also loved the illustrations. Pauline Baynes’s artwork is beautiful, and she does a great job of capturing the story of the poem, as well as the events of The Hobbit.

If you are a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, and have read both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, I highly recommend taking some time to read Bilbo’s Last Song. It’s a very short book, which can easily be read in a single sitting, and I’m sure you will enjoy both the poem and the illustrations. If you have the opportunity to read this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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