John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

(3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973 / Orange Free State)

I Sit and Think

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Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Oxford University Press HarperCollins Houghton Mifflin   Christopher Tolkien


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  • Rookie Sara S (1/22/2010 1:31:00 PM)

    I really like this poem and all the feelings with it- just wondering but not worrying. Walter Conrad, I don't see anything shallow in this. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jan Offtheplanet (10/6/2008 5:43:00 PM)

    I have been waiting for returning feet, and voices at the door

    I feel it has been for so many years... an ode to the dearly departed. Wishful thinking perhaps, yet it gives me strength from places unknown. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Vincent Lawrence Roberts (6/27/2008 8:25:00 AM)

    Well, my friend and I have composed a ballad to this poem and we play it with our rock band. We've submitted this one to a contest in Polish version (we didn't get any prize, though) , but I think we shall try to record and play this one with English lyrics too.
    I just love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Paul Brisco (10/8/2007 7:20:00 PM)

    this poem is beautiful...I didntcare much for it until i read the last lines...It tells us that while u may wonder and think of the future and past, the people you care about today should come first. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brian Dorn (7/22/2006 12:45:00 AM)

    So much to think about... past, future and present. This poem leaves you yearning for a bit of quiet time and reflection. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 18 Points Mrs Rosemary London (2/24/2006 7:56:00 AM)

    This poem brought tears to my eyes too.I received the first verse from quotelady a group that I belong to which sends an email quote each day, and I just had to look up the rest it impressed me so much. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Derek Mccasland (10/20/2005 2:26:00 PM)

    As a matter of fact, Mr. Conrad, it is the same Tolkien that authored Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and many other wonderful classical works. He single-handedly invented the fantasy genre that everyone is familiar with today (by this I mean Post-Arthurian Fantasy) . He has influenced authors from, R. A. Salvatore, to Raymond Feist, Peirs Anthony, Ed Greenwood, and practically everyone else who has written a book with an elf, orc, or goblin in it for the last 20 years.
    Also, the poem above is borrowed from The Hobbit. As you may or may not know, hobbits weren't known as deep thinkers. But then, you don't have to be a deep thinker to get a profound and beautiful message across. LOVE the poem. It's one of my all time favorites. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mag Pie (6/4/2005 4:57:00 PM)

    I found this poem so touching that it nearly brought tears to my eyes while reading it. I would also like to tell Walter Conrad that sometimes you must look for a deeper meaning in a poem and I found HIS thinking very shallow. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Walter Conrad (4/26/2005 8:11:00 AM)

    The history of the world is written about the actions of human beings. JRR seems to think only of physical descriptions of nature. If this is the JRR of 'Lord of the Rings, ' I am surprised at the shallowness of this thinking. (Report) Reply

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