the path

—By J.R.R. Tolkien

The Road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

(spoken by Bilbo as he leaves the shire, at the beginning of “The Fellowship Of The Ring”)

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