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A Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door

Frodo was silent.  He too was gazing eastward along the road, as if he had never seen it before.  Suddenly he spoke, aloud but as if to himself, saying slowly:

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.

"That sounds like a bit of old Bilbo's rhyming," said Pippin.  "Or is it one of your imitations?  It doesn't sound at all encouraging."

"I don't know," said Frodo.  "It came to me then, as if I was making it up, but I may have heard it long ago.  Certainly it reminds me very much of Bilbo, in the last years., before he went away.  He used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its tributary. 'It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door,' he used to say. 'You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to.'"

- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (HarperCollins, 2009).
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