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A Hobbit's Tale

A Hobbit's Tale



Bilbo Baggins was a Hobbit,

a clever Hobbit, a stubborn Hobbit,

till Gandalf sought to goad the Hobbit

who lived there in Bag End.

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Oh, Bilbo Baggins went a-questing,

seeking fortune, testing courage.

With Dwarves and Wizard he went a-faring

and proved himself a friend.

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Beneath the mountains he knew capture,

fled from goblins, found a treasure.

In the dark he traded riddles,

there by Gollumís lake.

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Oh, Bilbo Baggins flew with Eagles,

taunted spiders, haunted cellars,

stuffed Dwarves in barrels and rode the river

all for friendshipís sake.


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Our Bilbo Baggins teased a Dragon,

stole a cup and found a great gem,

chided Thorin and counseled wisdom,

and selfishness defied.


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With his sword he faced the goblins,

stood by Elf-lords, braved great danger.

He saw the victíry and wept by Thorin

as that Dwarvish hero died.


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Home he went with gold and silver,

sword and secret, confidence garnered.

Dwarf friend, Elf friend, loved by Wizards,

to Bag End he returned.


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The auction halted, he took possession,

ousted pretenders, irked his cousins.

His heart he found now sought for knowledge,

and his imagination burned.


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Then in time he found a true heir,

took him in and fed his ardor.

To Rivendell his way he wended;

the Ring he left behind.


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By Frodoís side he rode to Mithlond,

boarded grey ship, one last adventure.

They sailed with Elves to EressŽa,

their healing for to find.


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In Elvenhome they both found comfort,

fulfillment knew, their Lights recovered.

And Bilbo smiled to see renewal

find his Frodo-lad once more.


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And he in peace at last looked Westward,

gave his thanks, his farewells taken,

eased in heart that Frodo lingered

upon that healing shore.


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And so at last he met his Maker,

his soul rejoiced, his songs he offered.

His heir possessed his soul in patience

as hope within him grew


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Until the day when with the dawning

another ship brought Sam to join him.

Treasure restored, they knew thanksgiving

till to Bilboís side they drew.


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Bilbo Baggins was a Hobbit,

a wise old Hobbit, a faithful Hobbit.

The Lights in Sam and Frodo he nurtured,

there within Bag End.


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