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.
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.
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.
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.
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.