Scorpio’s World

Thoughts on Politics, Race, and Middle Earth

“The Road Goes Ever On and On”

Posted by scorpiomkm on November 26, 2008

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 My photo taken in “Wildcat Canyon” in my Felicity. It resembles a little of the Shire, don’t you think!

 

“The Lord of the Rings” : Chapter One

We all have favorite Stories, huh! Stories that inspire or bring out our deepest feelings. Long ago I had seen the animated film called “The Hobbit”, but I had never read the book. Then, one night I decided to see a movie entitled “The Lord of the Rings” ~ a book I had never read either; and the rest, as they say, is history.

After having seen the first of the trilogy films, I decided to read the BOOK. And I must say I became a HUGE Fan of Tolkien and the wonderful world of “Middle Earth” that he created. A World that somehow captured so much of my Deeper Self … that it inspired me to travel to New Zealand and see with my own eyes so many places that were the Stars in all three of Peter Jackson’s masterful Work.

Chapter One in “The Lord of the Rings” actually Begins where Bilbo Baggins’ Story basically concludes. In fact, the Chapter is entitled “The Long-Expected Party”. A Birthday Party it was. Bilbo Baggins was about to turn eleventy-one (111), as well his favorite nephew Frodo would turn thirty-three … both on the same date: September 22nd.

As most Great Books begin, the location of Bilbo and Frodo’s home is the small hobbit village of Hobbiton. Humble. You see, even though these were small people that walked around in bare feet, I could RELATE to hobbits because I had grown up in a small Ohio town where everybody knew and gossiped about each other! So when the Story begins with Tolkien describing how the residents grew more curious with each passing day as they saw strange folks appear (dwarves, Gandalf, and queer relatives from outside Hobbiton), I could feel how the residents of Hobbiton gossiped non-stop of the legend of Bilbo Baggins and his nephew Frodo!

Hobbits were ‘Simple Folk’! They were not the most formally Educated people on “Middle Earth”, but they were hard workers – honest (for the most part) – enjoyed their Families – and were primarily domestic farmers and craftsmen. That is why Bilbo seemed like such a ‘strang duck’ to the hobbits of the Shire. After all, Bilbo decades earlier had VANISHED (“The Hobbit”) and returned bearing untold wealth (according to the nosey hobbits of Hobbiton). Too, Bilbo LOVED to read and write; and he was often seen roaming the forests and roads seeking adventure.

Bilbo’s Birthday Party was magnificent! He ends the Party by doing something that would set the hobbits in attendance to wagging their tongues for YEARS afterward:

He told his guests “Goodbye!” ….. then he VANISHED!

His guests ~ many of whom were his Relatives ~ were insulted by Bilbo’s trick. Frodo, who had known about Bilbo’s little vanishing, simply either ‘played dumb’ or kindly told the guests that Mr. Bilbo Baggins had left.

Bilbo emerges back at his home and prepares to leave on a long-expected journey. Here he meets Gandalf the Wizard, and we the reader grow in our understanding of the Power of the Ring over Bilbo; why Bilbo feels the NEED to have ‘one last adventure’; Gandalf’s concern about the Ring; and later we see Frodo returning home and being given the advise to simply “Keep the Ring Secret … keep it Safe” by Gandalf.

Chapter 1 is a lovely Opening Chapter to “The Lord of the Rings”. As Bilbo exits his home (and the Shire) he turns and sings a little song:

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.

Well stated, Bilbo.

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