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'''The Road Goes Ever On''' is a collection of sheet music by [[Donald Swann]] for poetry presented by Tolkien in his [[Middle-earth]] literature. It was first published in 1967.
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'''''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"<ref>Quote from the cover of the 3rd edition of ''The Road Goes Ever On''.</ref>. For example, it contains one of the longest samples of the language [[Quenya]].
  
Although the book can at first sight seem mostly useful by musicians (particularly piano and guitar players), it has been found to have a wider use than this, allowing readers to understand the cultures of the various mythological beings presented in Middle-earth better, and helping linguists analyse Tolkien's poetry. For example, it contains one of the longest samples of the language [[Quenya]].
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The book was richly decorated by Tolkien.
  
The second edition of ''The Road Goes Ever On'', published in 1978, included the poem [[Bilbo's Last Song]].
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==Contents==
  
The third edition, published in 1993 and likely the last, comes with additional poetry and also a CD with recordings for the entire song cycle.
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Contents from the third edition.
  
List of songs (Third Edition):
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*''Introduction'' (by [[Leon Berger]])
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*''Foreword by Donald Swann''
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*''Foreword to the Third Edition'' (by Donald Swann)
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*[Songs: sheet music and poems]
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** [[The Road Goes Ever On (song)|The Road Goes Ever On]]
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** [[Upon the hearth the fire is red]]
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** [[In the willow-meads of Tasarinan]]
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** [[In western lands]]
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** [[Namárië]]
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** [[I sit beside the fire]]
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** [[A Elbereth Gilthoniel]]
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** [[Errantry]]
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** [[Bilbo's Last Song]]
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*''Notes and Translations'' (by J.R.R. Tolkien)
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*''Appendix''
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** [[Lúthien Tinúviel (song)|Lúthien Tinúviel]] [sheet music and poem]
  
* [[The Road Goes Ever On (song)|The Road Goes Ever On]]
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==Editions==
* [[Upon the hearth the fire is red]]
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===1st===
* [[In the willow-meads of Tasarinan]]
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[[Image:The Road Goes Ever On (1968).gif|right|150px]]
* [[In western lands]]
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''The Road Goes Ever On'' was first published on [[31 October|October 31]], [[1967]] by [[Houghton Mifflin]] in the United States.
* [[Namárië]]
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* ISBN 0047840099 (from the 3rd impression)
* [[I sit beside the fire]]
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* Hardback with dustwrapper
* [[A Elbereth Gilthoniel]]
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* Illustrated by J.R.R. Tolkien and [[Samuel Hanks Bryant]].
* [[Errantry]]
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* 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.
* [[Bilbo's last song]]
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* Includes translations of Namárië and A Elbereth Gilthoniel with commentary.
* [[Lúthien Tinúviel (song)|Lúthien Tinúviel]]
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* British impressions ([[Allen and Unwin|George Allen & Unwin]]):
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** 1st - 1968
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** 2nd - 1969
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** 3rd - 1972
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** 4th - 1974
  
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===2nd===
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[[Image:The Road Goes Ever On (1978).gif|right|150px]]
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The 2nd edition was published in 1978 by George Allen and Unwin.
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* ISBN 0047840110
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* Includes all the poems from the first edition, as well as [[Bilbo's Last Song]].
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===3rd===
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[[Image:The Road Goes Ever On (2002).gif|right|150px]]
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The 3rd edition was published in 1993 by HarperCollins.
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* ISBN 0007136552
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* Hardback in dustwrapper.
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* Includes all the poems from the first edition, as well as Lúthien Tinúviel (first published in The Songs of Donald Swann: Volume I)
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* Includes a CD with The Road Goes Ever On song cycle performed by Donald Swann, [[William Elvin]] and Clive McCrombie.
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* Reprinted in 2002 as a hardcover by [[HarperCollins]]
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* Canadian version issued with titling and style similar to the 1st and 2nd editions.
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[[Category:Publications by title|Road Goes Ever On]]

Revision as of 12:41, 19 October 2012

The name The Road Goes Ever On refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see The Road Goes Ever On (disambiguation).
The Road Goes Ever On (3rd edition)
The Road Goes Ever On (2002).gif
AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien and Donald Swann
PublisherHoughton Mifflin (US)
George Allen and Unwin (UK)
Released31 October 1967 (US)
1968 (UK)
FormatHardcover
Pages84
ISBN0007136552

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

Contents

Contents from the third edition.

Editions

1st

The Road Goes Ever On (1968).gif

The Road Goes Ever On was first published on October 31, 1967 by Houghton Mifflin in the United States.

  • 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.
  • British impressions (George Allen & Unwin):
    • 1st - 1968
    • 2nd - 1969
    • 3rd - 1972
    • 4th - 1974

2nd

The Road Goes Ever On (1978).gif

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

3rd

The Road Goes Ever On (2002).gif

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.

References

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