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February 12, 2004

Elvish Lullaby

Sing all ye joyful, now sing all together!
The wind's in the tree-top, the wind's in the heather;
The stars are in blossom, the moon is in flower,
And bright are the windows of Night in her tower.

Dance all ye joyful, now dance all together!
Soft is the grass, and let foot be like feather!
The river is silver, the shadows are fleeting;
Merry is May-time, and merry our meeting.

Sing we now softly, and dreams let us weave him!
Wind him in slumber and there let us leave him!
The wanderer sleepeth. Now soft be his pillow!
Lullaby! Lullaby! Alder and Willow!

Sigh no more Pine, till the wind of the morn!
Fall Moon! Dark be the land!
Hush! Hush! Oak, Ash and Thorn!
Hushed be all water, till dawn is at hand!

From J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit


I picked up The Hobbit for J7 on Monday. He finished it by bedtime on Tuesday night. It's getting harder to keep him in books.

I reread The Hobbit this week, too. I read it and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, oh. . . 14 years ago? I enjoyed it, but forgot so much of it. We've enjoyed the movies immensely, though, and I think I'll be rereading the trilogy soon.

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Having reread "The Hobbit," don't you think it would make a great movie? It's been a while (well, decades) since I read it, but my recollection is that it was relatively tightly-written, with a lot of action crammed into one book.

Posted by: Eric at February 13, 2004 02:05 AM

We had borrowed a friend's dvd of the first of the LOTR trilogy, and the boys and I watched the specials about how they made the movie.

While I was reading the book, I was wishing they had gone ahead and made The Hobbit, while Hobbiton was all built and I think it would make an excellent prequel to the movies.

Posted by: TulipGirl at February 13, 2004 03:23 PM

That lullaby is beautiful! I wonder why I don't remember reading it? Probably because I have a terrible habit of skimming over the poetry sections. *blush*

I've heard rumors that Peter Jackson is planning to make The Hobbit into a movie. :-)

Posted by: Kelly at February 13, 2004 06:12 PM

When I read them before, I skimmed over that, too--and the commentary on languages or anything else not plot-drive. This time I did read the poetry and music, and hopefully when I reread LOTR, I'll pay attention to the other details.

Here in Ukraine, those who are into LOTR, live-action role play and that sort of thing are called tolkeinistis. John knows a few. *grin*

I hope that rumor bears out. Movies are always different from books, but I like how Peter Jackson interpreted LOTR.

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