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The Road Goes Ever On (book)

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The Road Goes Ever On (3rd edition)
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AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien and Donald Swann
Released1967 (1st ed.)

The Road Goes Ever On contains poems by J.R.R. Tolkien, all appearing in his writings on Middle-earth, set to music by Donald Swann. The book is divided in two major sections: (1) a collection of sheet music (2) the final chapter Notes and Translations written by Tolkien. The latter consists of scripts, translations and comments on the Elvish texts for "Namárië" and "A Elbereth Gilthoniel", and is an important document in being a "glossary of Elvish terms and lore that appears nowhere else"[1]. For example, it contains one of the longest samples of the language Quenya.

The book was richly decorated by Tolkien.



Contents from the third edition.



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The Road Goes Ever On was first published on October 31, 1967 by George Allen & Unwin.

  • ISBN 0047840099 (from the 3rd impression)
  • Hardback with dustwrapper
  • Illustrated by J.R.R. Tolkien and Samuel Hanks Bryant.
  • Includes music for seven poems: The Road Goes Ever On, Upon the Hearth the Fire is Red, In the Willow-meads of Tasarinan, In Western Lands, Namárië, I Sit Beside the Fire and Errantry.
  • Includes translations of Namárië and A Elbereth Gilthoniel with commentary.
  • Impressions
    • 1st - 1968
    • 2nd - 1969
    • 3rd - 1972
    • 4th - 1974
  • Published in the United States by Houghton Mifflin in 1967.


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The 2nd edition was published in 1978 by George Allen and Unwin.


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The 3rd edition was published in 1993 by HarperCollins.

  • ISBN 0007136552
  • Hardback in dustwrapper.
  • Includes all the poems from the first edition, as well as Lúthien Tinúviel (first published in The Songs of Donald Swann: Volume I)
  • Includes a CD with The Road Goes Ever On song cycle performed by Donald Swann, William Elvin and Clive McCrombie.
  • Reprinted in 2002 as a hardcover by HarperCollins
  • Canadian version issued with titling and style similar to the 1st and 2nd editions.


  1. Quote from the cover of the 3rd edition of The Road Goes Ever On.