J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien Poems

J.R.R. Tolkien is remembered today for his groundbreaking, beloved trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, and the related short novel The Hobbit. His poems, many of which related directly to his stories, are lesser-known but well worth reading on their own. Read more about J.R.R. Tolkien.

Some of Tolkien’s most famous poems include All that is gold does not glitter, Far over the misty mountains cold, The Road Goes Ever On, and The Riddle of Strider.

Far over the misty mountains cold

by J.R.R. Tolkien

‘Far over the misty mountains cold’ by J.R.R. Tolkien depicts the destruction of Thorin Oakenshield’s home and his desire to win it back from Smaug. 

Tolkien is one of the best-known English fantasy writers. His work has been highly influential on the genre. This is not one of his better-known pieces of literature, but one of his best-known poems. Most people who have read his books and even those who have only watched the film adaptions of his books will recognize it.

Far over the misty mountains cold

To dungeons deep and caverns old

We must away ere break of day

To seek the pale enchanted gold.

The Shadow Bride

by J.R.R. Tolkien

‘The Shadow Bride’ conceptualizes the contrast between light and darkness, as well as stillness and movement through personification.

Tolkien's storytelling skills are clearly visible in the poem. The poet effectively develops characters and builds tension for the climax. The characters are central to the clearly defined plot.

There was a man who dwelt alone

Beneath the moon in shadow.

He sat as long as lasting stone,

And yet he had no shadow.

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The Road Goes Ever On

by J.R.R. Tolkien

‘The Road Goes Ever On’ by J.R.R. Tolkien consists of only two verses, but the structure and approach within them are sufficient to highlight the epic journey before and after the song surfaces in the book.

Roads go ever ever on,

Over rock and under tree,

By caves where never sun has shone,

By streams that never find the sea;

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