Poems and Tales of Middle-Earth:
(illustration by Alan Lee)
Bilbo's little encouraging words to Frodo:
"When winter first begins to bite
      and stones crack in the frosty night,
when pools are black and trees are bare,
      'tis evil in the Wild to fare."
Bilbo's farewell song to Frodo:
"I sit beside the fire and think
      of all that I have seen,
of meadow-flowers and butterflies
      in summers that have been;

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
      in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun
      and wind upon my hair.

I sit beside the fire and think
      of how the world will be
when winter comes without a spring
      that I shall ever see.

For still there are so many things
      that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring
      there is a different green.

I sit beside the fire and think
      of people long ago,
and people who will see a world
      that I shall never know.

But all the while I sit and think
      of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet
      and voices at the door.
The Lord of the Rings
Part I. The Fellowship of the Ring

Quotes from Tolkien's Novel
Rivendell: the Fellowship's Farewells.
.  "Such was the virtue of the land of Rivendell that soon all fear and anxiety was lifted from their minds. The future, good or ill, was not forgotten, but ceased to have any power over the present. Health and hope grew strong in them, and they were content with each good day as it came, taking pleasure in every meal, and in every word and song
      So the days slipped away, as each morning dawned bright and fair, and each evening followed cool and clear. But autunm was waning fast; slowly the golden light faded to pale silver, and the lingering leaves fell from the naked trees. A wind began to blow chill from the Misty Mountains to the east. The Hunter's Moon waxed round in the night sky, and put to flight all the lesser stars.
      But low in the South one star shone red. Every night, as the Moon waned again, it shone brighter and brighter. Frodo could see it from his window, deep in the heavens, burning like a watchful eye that glared above the trees on the brink of the valley."
.  'The Company of the Ring shall be Nine; and the Nine Walkers shall be set against the Nine Riders that are evil. With you and your faithful servant, Gandalf will go; for this shall be his great task, and maybe the end of his labours.'
      'For the rest, they shall represent the other Free Peoples of the World: Elves, Dwarves, and Men." (Elrond)
.  'But that will leave no place for us!', cried Pippin in dismay. 'We don't want to be left behind. We want to go with Frodo.'
      'That is because you do not understand and cannot imagine what lies ahead,' said Elrond.
      'Neither does Frodo,' said Gandalf, unexpectedly supporting Pippin. '[...] I think, Elrond, that in this matter it would be well to trust rather to their friendship than to great wisdom.'
.  "Aragorn sat with his head bowed to his knees; only Elrond knew fully what this hour meant to him."
.  " 'The Ring-Bearer is setting out on the Quest of Mount Doom. On him alone is any charge laid: neither to cast away the Ring, nor to deliver it to any Servant of the Enemy nor indeed to let any handle it, save members of the Company and the Council, and only then in gravest need. The others go with him as free companions, to help him on his way. You may tarry, or come back, or turn aside into other paths, as chance allows. The further you go, the less easy will it be to withdraw; yet no oath or bond is laid on you to go further than you will. For you do not yet know the strength of your hearts, and you cannot foresee what each may meet upon the road.' (Elrond)
      'Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens,' said Gimli.
      'Maybe', said Elrond, 'but let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.'
      'Yet sworn words may strengthen quaking heart,' said Gimly.
      'Or break it,' said Elrond."
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