RR Auction Home
Current Auction Is Open For Bidding
Home |Sitemap|Contact Us| Past Auctions  
 How to Bid   Register to Bid   Auctions   Consign   About Us   Featured Lots   Reviews 
Bidder Login
Show Password

New Bidder Registration
Forgot your password?

The Current Auction
Ends December 9th
Steve Jobs + Apple Auction Preview
Begins Dec 10
Advanced Search
By Item Number
Gallery Search
Past Auction Search
How Do I Bid?
What is BidTracker™?
New Bidder Registration
The 30-Minute Rule
Terms and Conditions
New to RR Auction?
About Us
Register to Bid
Jobs at RR Auction
Press Releases
Consign to RR Auction
How to Consign
2019-2020 Auction Calendar
Jan 8
Jan 16
Jan 23
Feb 5
Feb 13
Feb 21
Mar 4
Mar 12
Apr 8
Apr 16
May 13
May 21
Jun 10
Jun 18
Jul 8
Jul 16
Jul 23
Aug 12
Aug 20
Sep 9
Sep 11
Oct 7
Oct 15
Nov 11
Nov 19
Dec 9
Dec 17
Jan 13
Jan 21
Feb 10
Feb 18
Mar 10
Mar 18
  View All Dates & Deadlines

Item 1069 - J. R. R. Tolkien Autograph Quotation Signed and Autograph Letter Signed Catalog 566 (Sep 2019)

Back To Previous Page
(we are no longer accepting bids on this item)
Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Sold Price: $59,375.00 (includes buyer's premium)


An extraordinary pairing of an ALS and calligraphic AQS by J. R. R. Tolkien, both incorporating his iconic quote: "The Road goes ever on and on." The ALS is signed "J. R. R. Tolkien," one page both sides, 5.25 x 7, personal Merton College letterhead, no date but circa 1973. The author writes to Mr. Hodgson, opening with apologies for the delay in responding, due to illness. He goes on: "With regard to the copy of the verses: I expect that it is only the first version L.R. I 44,82, and not also the final version III 266 that you wish for. Do you wish for a copy in my normal hand in a more careful form (as here) or something more 'calligraphic' in intention? But I warn you that neither will be very beautiful. My ageing hands are now losing their steadiness, and such moderate skill as they ever had." The author then proceeds to practice the verse in question beneath his signature, in a more calligraphic hand: "The Road goes ever on and on," then, "The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began."

The complete AQS, neatly accomplished in calligraphy by Tolkien on an off-white 6.5 x 5.5 sheet, in full: "The Road goes ever on and on / down from the door where it began. / Now far away the Road has gone / and I must follow if I can, / Pursuing it with eager feet, / until it finds some larger way / Where many paths and errands meet. / And whether then? I cannot say." Neatly double-matted and framed with an identification card to an overall size of 11 x 13.5. In overall fine condition.

Tolkien’s "The Road Goes Ever On" first appears in chapter 19 of The Hobbit, where it is recited by Bilbo Baggins. It then appears three times (and in three different versions) in The Lord of the Rings. Extremely rare and desirable in this format.

Terms and abbreviations used in our descriptions.


Click image to enlarge Click image to enlarge Click image to enlarge Click image to enlarge Click image to enlarge

Important Information

Tips For Consignors


For a complete list of auction beginning and ending dates, check our dates and deadlines page.