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'''Goblin Feet''' was a poem written by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] in April of 1915, around the same time that he wrote the poem [[You and Me / and the Cottage of Lost Play]].  In ''The Book of Lost Tales: Part I'', Christopher Tolkien quotes his father as saying, "I wish the unhappy little thing, representing all that I came (so soon after) to fervently dislike, could be buried for ever."  Here is part of the poem:
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[[Image:Goblin Feet.jpg|"Goblin Feet" in ''Fifty New Poems for Children''|thumb|right]]
  
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'''Goblin Feet''' is a poem written by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] in [[April]] of [[1915]], around the same time that he wrote the poem [[You and Me / and the Cottage of Lost Play]].  In ''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part One]]'', [[Christopher Tolkien]] quotes his father as saying, "I wish the unhappy little thing, representing all that I came (so soon after) to fervently dislike, could be buried for ever."
  
''I am off down the road''
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'Goblin Feet' was first published in ''[[Oxford Poetry 1915]]''. The poem has later been reprinted in ''[[The Book of Fairy Poetry]]'' (1920), ''[[Fifty New Poems for Children]]'' (1922?), ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography]]'' (1977), [[Mallorn 23|''Mallorn'' issue 23]] (1986), and in ''[[The Annotated Hobbit]]'', p. 77 (revised and expanded edition: p. 113).
''Where the fairy lanterns glowed
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''And the little pretty flitter-mice are flying
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==The poem==
''A slender band of gray
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<poem style="font-style:italic; margin-left:20px;">
''It runs creepily away
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I am off down the road
''And the hedges and the grasses are a-sighing.
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Where the fairy lanterns glowed
''The air is full of wings,
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And the little pretty flitter-mice are flying
''And of blundery beetle-things
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A slender band of gray
''That warn you with their whirring and their humming.
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It runs creepily away
''O! I hear the tiny horns
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And the hedges and the grasses are a-sighing.
''Of enchanged leprechauns
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The air is full of wings,
''And the padded feet of many gnomes a-coming!
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And of blundery beetle-things
''O! the lights! O! the gleams! O! the little twinkly sounds!
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That warn you with their whirring and their humming.
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O! I hear the tiny horns
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Of enchanged leprechauns
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And the padded feet of many gnomes a-coming!
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O! the lights! O! the gleams! O! the little twinkly sounds!
 
O! the rustle of their noiseless little robes!
 
O! the rustle of their noiseless little robes!
 
O! the echo of their feet - of their happy little feet!
 
O! the echo of their feet - of their happy little feet!
 
O! the swinging lamps in the starlit globes.
 
O! the swinging lamps in the starlit globes.
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I must follow in their train
 
I must follow in their train
 
Down the crooked fairy lane
 
Down the crooked fairy lane
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And the echo of their padding feet is dying!
 
And the echo of their padding feet is dying!
 
O! it's knocking at my heart-
 
O! it's knocking at my heart-
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Let me go! let me start!
 
Let me go! let me start!
 
For the little magic hours are all a-flying.
 
For the little magic hours are all a-flying.
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O! the gauzy wings of golden honey-flies!
 
O! the gauzy wings of golden honey-flies!
 
O! the music of their feet - of their dancing goblin feet!
 
O! the music of their feet - of their dancing goblin feet!
O! the magic! O! the sorrow when it dies.''
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O! the magic! O! the sorrow when it dies.</poem>
  
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
* "[http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/oxfordpoetry1915.htm Goblin Feet, a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien]", by [[Pieter Collier]].
 
* "[http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/oxfordpoetry1915.htm Goblin Feet, a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien]", by [[Pieter Collier]].
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[[category:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien]]

Revision as of 16:57, 27 September 2011

File:Goblin Feet.jpg
"Goblin Feet" in Fifty New Poems for Children

Goblin Feet is a poem written by J.R.R. Tolkien in April of 1915, around the same time that he wrote the poem You and Me / and the Cottage of Lost Play. In The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Christopher Tolkien quotes his father as saying, "I wish the unhappy little thing, representing all that I came (so soon after) to fervently dislike, could be buried for ever."

'Goblin Feet' was first published in Oxford Poetry 1915. The poem has later been reprinted in The Book of Fairy Poetry (1920), Fifty New Poems for Children (1922?), J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography (1977), Mallorn issue 23 (1986), and in The Annotated Hobbit, p. 77 (revised and expanded edition: p. 113).

The poem

I am off down the road
Where the fairy lanterns glowed
And the little pretty flitter-mice are flying
A slender band of gray
It runs creepily away
And the hedges and the grasses are a-sighing.
The air is full of wings,
And of blundery beetle-things
That warn you with their whirring and their humming.
O! I hear the tiny horns
Of enchanged leprechauns
And the padded feet of many gnomes a-coming!
O! the lights! O! the gleams! O! the little twinkly sounds!
O! the rustle of their noiseless little robes!
O! the echo of their feet - of their happy little feet!
O! the swinging lamps in the starlit globes.

I must follow in their train
Down the crooked fairy lane
Where the coney-rabbits long ago have gone.
And where silvery they sing
In a moving moonlit ring
All a twinkle with the jewels they have on.
They are fading round the turn
Where the glow worms palely burn
And the echo of their padding feet is dying!
O! it's knocking at my heart-

Let me go! let me start!
For the little magic hours are all a-flying.

O! the warmth! O! the hum! O! the colors in the dark!
O! the gauzy wings of golden honey-flies!
O! the music of their feet - of their dancing goblin feet!
O! the magic! O! the sorrow when it dies.


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