6. THE ROAD GOES EVER ON AND ON
Jim did say to me several times over the years, “First you live and then you die,” but
we never even thought about what happens when you vanish without a trace. Jim
was an avid Tolkien fan, and I believe that he would agree with Tolkien’s lyrical words
about the ambiguity of life, expressed in this Old Hobbit Walking Song (Tolkien, J.R.R.
1974. The Return of the King. Lord of the Rings, Collector’s Edition. Boston: Houghton
S t illroundthecornertheremaywait
A new road or a secret gate;
And though Iofthavepassedthemby,
A day will come at last when I
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.