The Ring of Hope

from by Marc Gunn



As I read LOTR, I've taken notes of cool things to write about for our Memories of Middle Earth CD. One idea was a song about the pipe smoke (like Old Toby and Southern Star) that Tolkien begins with in Fellowship of the Ring. As I developed the story, the song took on a life of it's own. It's about Frodo's trusty companion Sam Gamgee, who loves his master. His only connection to Frodo after Frodo sails across the sea is the pipe weed and smoke rings he blows with it, like the ring that became a painful part of Frodo's final days on Middle-Earth.


When I was young, I'd sit around Bag End with Bilbo.
Singing songs and tales about the Elves of Old.
While we smoked our Southern Star.
A leaf of golden par
That transformed the hobbits' life forever more.

O' Gandalf was exceptional among men.
He mastered the Art, blew smoke-rings and dragons.
But if only he had known
That Bilbo's ring was the one,
He'd never let it corrupt my master's soul.

Let the West wind blow
My ring of smoke
Over through Mordor
The One Ring of hope.

Now the kids all sit around my Bag End home.
And I tell stories to them, though not of old.
Well the pipe-weed is still the same.
But my memories are out of frame.
Transformed by my love of Master Frodo.

Now the ring is gone and my master's sailed to his new home.
And I have no pipe with me for one last smoke.
But I can see the Southern Star
Please take me to where you are.
Before the sadness inside floats away with my smoke.


from Don't Go Drinking With Hobbits, released October 22, 2011
lyrics and music Marc Gunn




Marc Gunn Birmingham, Alabama

Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats. He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans a like for it’s unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic. It’s Celtic music, the traditional and the twisted. ... more

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