The Road Goes Ever On

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Bag End

Gandalf arrives in the Shire

(CR-FOTR - Disc One - Track 3)


Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe

Bilbo leaves the Shire

(CR-FOTR - Disc One - Track 7)


Music by Fran Walsh

words by J.R.R. Tolkien

FOTR, Book 1, Chapter 1, A Long Expected Party

This song was sung first by Gandalf as he arrives at the outskirts of Hobbiton and then later as Bilbo leaves Bag End and the Shire. In the FOTR TE, Gandalf sings the first four lines. In FOTR EE, Gandalf hums a line, sings the second, hums another, sings the fourth, then sings the first four lines again. Bilbo sings the first two lines and then the sound trails off as the scene changes. In the Complete Recordings, you can hear him sing all 4 lines. According to Ain't It, Fran Walsh is credited for music.


Sung by Ian McKellen and Ian Holm.



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.


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FOTR, Book 1, Chapter 1, A Long Expected Party

In the book, this is sung by Bilbo as he leaves Bag End and the Shire. A number of versions of this song exist in "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings".