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    • POEM: All Woods Must Fail by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (8/28/2007 10:50:00 AM)

      You dig too deep. Poem uttered by an elf when leaving Middle Earth. Tolkien was not an allegorical writer. He wrote fiction to be exactly that: Fiction.

    • POEM: Bilbo's Last Song (At The Grey Havens) by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (8/28/2007 10:48:00 AM)

      Second saddest moment in all of Tolkien's works.

    • POEM: Gil-Galad by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (8/28/2007 10:46:00 AM)

      Not really. People need to put Tolkien's poems into context. They are all part of stories in his books. They are not stand-alone poems like Walt Whitman's or Edgar Poe's. They play an intricate part in great stories and books, but it just looks stupid if one tries to analyze it as a stand alone poem, because it ends up getting compared with other poems, which doesn't make sense considering the context of the verses. Gil-Galad was an elven King. Gil-Galad the fair, elven king of lore, whose story is told in the histories of Middle Earth, while this poem was uttered by Aragorn during the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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