About Our Name

Our name, West of the Moon, is inspired by the last line of J.R.R. Tolkien's poem The Road Goes Ever On. This has always been one of my favorites, and the poem embraces the wanderlust that grips me as a travel, nature, and wildlife photographer.

It is reproduced here with verses gathered from several Tolkien texts. I hope you enjoy its reading and inspiration as much as I.


The Road Goes Ever On

Roads go ever ever on,
      Over rock and under tree,
    By caves where never sun has shone,
      By streams that never find the sea;
    Over snow by winter sown,
      And through the merry flowers of June,
    Over grass and over stone,
      And under mountains of the moon. 

    Roads go ever ever on
      Under cloud and under star,
    Yet feet that wandering have gone
      Turn at last to home afar.
    Eyes that fire and sword have seen
      And horror in the halls of stone
    Look at last on meadows green
      And trees and hills they long have known. 

    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. 

    The Road goes ever on and on
      Out from the door where it began.
    Now far ahead the Road has gone,
      Let others follow it who can!
    Let them a journey new begin,
      But I at last with weary feet
    Will turn towards the lighted inn,
      My evening-rest and sleep to meet. 

    Still round the corner there may wait
     A new road or a secret gate,
    And though I oft have passed them by,
     A day will come at last when I
    Shall take the hidden paths that run
     West of the Moon, East of the Sun. 

J.R.R Tolkien

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