Rosalind Ramage

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Rosalind Ramage refers to a poem written by J.R.R. Tolkien. The poem was "written for an American girl named Rosalind Ramage who had written Tolkien a fan letter in October 1964". Tolkien submitted the poem, together with "The Dragon's Visit" and "Once upon a Time", for publication in Winter's Tales for Children 1. Due to lack of space, only the two latter poems were included in the children's anthology.[1] The facsimil of the letter with the poem was included in Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth,[2] but it remains properly unpublished.


One spring afternoon,
like a baloon
far Rosalind
was blown by the wind,
till she was high
up in the sky.
Then she looked down
and below saw a town:
very small, very grey
among green it lay.
"What can that be,
I wonder?", said she.
"No use at all
for hobbits, too small
for the tiniest gnomes
if they wanted homes
up above ground".
She heard then a sound
from far under of bells.
"Why, that must be Wells
where the funny cloch chimy
and at meat-times
the swans come and hug!
What a good thing,
at least I now know
where I am! I must go.
It's time for my tea.
But, O deary me,
how shall I get there
without ladder or stair?"
"You'll never be missed!"
the cold wind hissed.
Only his joke,
for just as he spoke
he let her gently go,
fluttering slow
like a swan's feather
in spring-weather.
Down she came without damage:
Rosalind Ramage!

See also


  1. Douglas A. Anderson, "The Mystery of Lintips" dated 22 July 2013, Tolkien and Fantasy (accessed 23 July 2013)
  2. Catherine McIlwaine (ed.), Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, "Poem, 'Rosalind Ramage'", pp. 96-97