West of the Moon
A Tolkien Fanfiction Archive
The Boy Next Door
Master Samwise stood at the door and...drew Mistress Rose to him and set his arm about her. "March the twenty-fifth!" he said. "This day seventeen years ago, Rose-wife, I didn't think I should ever see thee again. But I kept on hoping."
"I never hoped at all, Sam," she said, "not until that very day, and then suddenly I did. About noon it was and I felt so glad that I began singing. And mother said, 'Quiet, lass! There's ruffians about!' And I said 'Let them come! Their time will soon be over! Sam's coming back!' And you came."
"I did," said Sam. "To the most belovedest place in all the world. To my Rose and my garden."
They went in and shut the door. But even as he did so, he heard suddenly, deep and unstilled, the sigh and murmur of the Sea upon the shores of Middle-earth.
(JRR Tolkien: from an unpublished epilogue to Lord of the Rings)
Seems like I've known him forever He was always the boy next door We grew up on the Row, all children together There was always room for one more My brothers, they all used to tease me They called me his little sweetheart But he smiled so kind like he wanted to please me And I wanted to win his heart. And I thought I knew, I thought I knew How it would come to be I'd be a bride My lad at my side 'Cause I knew he was meant for me By and by, we were courting in springtime I thought he'd surely speak soon We'd walk past the gardens he tended so careful We'd sit in the glow of the moon He was shy and awkward and gentle But he said what he meant, plain as day He told me he had a promise to keep He said he was going away And what could I do, what could I do? He didn't belong to me A promise to hold A task to unfold A journey past Mountain and Sea Bitter and dark came the winter My heart grew frightened and cold I knew that he traveled through shadow and danger His promise protecting his soul My friends laughed and called me pure foolish Who could tell what the future might bring? But I believed sure he'd find a way So I waited with the Spring And I never knew, I never knew He'd return looking so fine and fair! My eyes fairly shone To have him back home Speaking words I'd been longing to hear Our friends danced 'neath trees shining silver When I married that boy next door Now our children fair thrive like the flowers he tends And there's always room for one more Evenings we walk in the gardens Most belovéd of places to be And the warm western wind blows past our gate Whispering songs from the Sea And I always knew, I always knew In another place and time His promise held true Like a flame burning blue And a light that forever will shine.