Singing in the Rain: 3. The Great Adventurer

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3. The Great Adventurer

Frodo reflects on how much Bilbo means to him. To the tune of Dan Fogelberg's "The Leader of the Band."

An only child, behaved and mild
Respected Baggins' son
His feet were meant for different paths
And his heart was known to none
He left his home and went his lone
And unexpected way
And he gave to me a gift I know
I never can repay

A true son of the Old Took
Denied a simpler fate
Tried to live a Baggins' life
But adventure wouldn't wait
A gentlehobbit burglar
Wandering far-off lands
The many ways he shaped my soul
Took me years to understand

The Great Adventurer is tired
And his eyes are growing old
But his stories are a part of me
And his songs are in my soul
My life has been my own attempt
To answer their allure
Guess I'm a living legacy
To the Great Adventurer

My cousins' lives are different
For they didn't hear his call
Happy in the Shire, they're
Content in hole and Hall
But in Bag End I'm dreaming
Of the wide world outside
Seeing lands he's talked about
In imagination's eye

I thank you for the music
And your stories of the road
I thank you for encouragement
When I wanted to go
I thank you for the kindness
And the times when you got tough
And Bilbo, I don't think I said
"I love you" near enough

The Great Adventurer is tired
And his eyes are growing old
But his stories are a part of me
And his songs are in my soul
My life has been my own attempt
To answer their allure
Guess I'm a living legacy
To the Great Adventurer
I am a living legacy
To the Great Adventurer


This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: Wolfwind

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: Humor

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/27/05

Original Post: 04/26/05

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