Tolkien’s Poetry Essay

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Mortality and death are constantly present throughout the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Doom and fate are inescapable motifs, as Tolkien presents the question of where the journey of life leads to in the end. In the poem “I sit beside the fire and think,” Bilbo not only reflects upon his own journeys, he also recognizes that the journey goes beyond himself and continues even after his life ends. Furthermore, Bilbo’s poems connect to one another as the poem “The Road” is alluded to in “I sit beside the fire and think” when he mentions “the door” in order to indicate a circular flow of life. Death is a necessary part for life. When a life ends, there is the space for another to begin. However, the current situation of Middle-earth in the …show more content…
The final section then discusses people of the past. The repetition, therefore, can also reflect the passing of time, and that no matter whether it is the past, present, or future, there is always something that remains constant, although that consistency becomes more clear in context with the entire text. There is an obvious hope at the end for more adventure. He listens “for returning feet/ and voices at the door (lines 23-24)” in hopes that he will once again be invited on an adventure. However, the time for his adventures has ended, and Frodo’s adventure is beginning. His acceptance that he will not be able to accompany the others on the next adventure also parallels the acceptance of his mortality. The journey and life are at times synonymous, and they both must one day come to an end. With the lines, “Of how the world will be/ when winter comes without a spring/ that I shall ever see,” (11-12) Bilbo recognizes that he is mortal, and soon one day he will not be there to see a new spring. He is not only recognizing that he will not be able to depart on this next adventure as he softly sings his song, but he is also imagining the world where he is no longer living to see the new season. The season, spring, is especially significant, as it signifies new birth. Although Bilbo will not be alive to see this “rebirth” or

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