Yes! Today is the day you get a new feature! However, we’ll get to that at the end.
Anyway, this page? Bilbo starts to leave, but Gandalf reminds him that the ring is still in his pocket. Bilbo takes it out and puts it in the envelope. When he goes to put it on the mantelpiece, a strange force causes his hand to jerk away, and the envelope falls on the floor. Gandalf quickly grabs it (note: the envelope, not the ring) and puts it where it should be. Bilbo, suddenly angered, then feels relieved. The dwarves staying at Bag End help him out, and he goes down the lane, saying goodbye and singing.
I’m going to be blunt today: No First Mentions, no Words My Computer Didn’t Like. This is all building up to the reveal of our newest feature! (I mean, I guess you could just scroll down, but that would ruin the fun!)
Here, we can get into something that I always wonder about. Why can’t Gandalf touch the ring? It’s something about the ring’s evil power being used through him, but I never understand that. On this page, he specifically tells Bilbo that he cannot take the ring. However, he is able to pick up the envelope with the ring inside it. Is the ring also similar in some way to a Palantir in that you can see into it if you touch it? Would Sauron see Gandalf? Or is it just that Gandalf would instantly be corrupted by the ring’s power, and go on a rampage across Middle-earth?
So, what is this new feature? I think it’s about time. Announcing…
Tolkien Songs In Real Life:
Yeah, songs. Tolkien puts quite a few songs into his books, and I was always disappointed that I had no idea how they sounded. I would make them up in my head, but they were bad. I mean bad. So, I’m taking the time to teach you how the songs might go, using popular music!
You see, I can’t really write music for myself. What I’ve done is taken the lyrics to Tolkien’s song, put them to the tune of a song you (hopefully) know, and given the title a funny Lord-of-the-Rings-inspired twist. Then, I record it. (One track ukulele, one track singing.) Now you can imagine what the song would sound like if it happened to have the same-ish melody of a popular song.
LEGAL NOTE: (Do I need this? I just want to be sure.) I did not write the melody. I did not write the lyrics. I just put them together.
Bilbo sings this song at the very bottom of this page, just as he’s going out down the road, away from Bag End.
So, here’s what Tolkien wrote:
“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.”
Without further ado, I present:
Little Hobbit Man
(Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons)
It is actually incredibly difficult to find the right song to pair with the lyrics that Tolkien wrote, but very rewarding when you find it. It is equally confusing to put together the SoundCloud file and embed the player. But, it worked! Huzzah!
Do we get it? I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading/listening/nerding out with me day after day.
“And whither then? I cannot say.”