The Road Goes Ever On

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Title: The Road Goes Ever On
Publisher: Of Dreams and Schemes Press
Author(s): Catherine Schlein
Cover Artist(s):
Date(s): May 2004
Medium: print
Genre: gen
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Language: English
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The Road Goes Ever On is a 238-page gen AU Lord of the Rings novel by Catherine Schlein.

"Beta Reading: Sheila Paulson, with thanks to Lucy Carr for offering (but I never got it to her!). Editing: Martha Crawford. Proof Reading: Paul Schlein. Incidental Graphs: Dover Electronic Clip Art."

This zine contains a long, long editorial called Of Elves and Dwarves. The two main topics are 1) Schlein's memories and journeys with J.R.R. Tolkien's books, and 2) about her world-building in this novel.

"Inspiration for the Songs"

Page 193-94. Bonnie Portshore.

The classic folk song, Bonnie Portmore, was slightly altered for this song. There are many versions of it. The one I used is from Loreena McKennitt's album, "The Visit." If you like artists such as Enya, try McKennit. She is wonderful.

Page 11. Rise Up My Samwise.

This sung to the song melody Rise Up (using the first stanza's melody) from Kathy Mar's album "These are a Few of My Favorite Sings." Great Sci Fi type albums for fans of folk.


From a flyer:

This story follows Pippin and Merry as they desperately try to keep Sam from leaving Middle Earth. Things are changing in their world, and all three find themselves out of place. When Sam, due to circumstances, decides it is time for him to go to the Undying Lands, Merry and Pippin must keep him in Middle Earth--or risk the destruction of their world. Taking a desperate chance, Merry decides to ask Legolas to help him get to the Undying Lands. But, if and when he gets there, what will he find? Can Frodo help? Or will Merry have to stay in that far away land as well? There’s a shipwreck, a tornado.... Gandalf, Aragorn, Gimli.... And of course, the hobbits and elves. Lots of adventure. Based on the Movie Universe.

From Schlein in There Are Many Paths to Tread:

If you haven’t read the novel, here’s the premise in a nutshell. Sam’s wife Rosie has died of a plague; lost and alone, he decides to go to Valinor, feeling he is unfit for anything anymore. The only child surviving is Elanor, who is old enough to be in the care of others. He feels she’d be better off, in truth. To keep him in the Shire, (Merry and Pippin go to Valinor to tell Frodo what’s happening. They feel Sam still has an important part to play in Middle Earth. They have quite an adventure. Frodo returns. There’s an earthquake, Pippin, Merry, Sam and Frodo help rebuild the Shire and Sam uses the soil of Galadriel to heal the Shire (which is what he needed to stay for). Whew. One 200 plus pages boiled down to a paragraph.

Fiction in the Same Universe


  • Of Elves and Dwarves: Info (i)
  • The First Days of Tomorrow (1)
  • Letters From a Distant Shore (10)
  • Promises to Keep (22)
  • Journey's Beginning (32)
  • To the Sea in a Pretty Ship (44)
  • High Winds and Darkening Waves (55)
  • On a Foreign Shore (63)
  • Departings and Separations of One Sort or Another (76)
  • The Company of Strangers (88)
  • Steps Along the Way (104)
  • Coming Together (114)
  • Homeward Bound (128)
  • Crossroads (142)
  • Fate Takes a Hand (152)
  • Confluence (167)
  • Healing (184)
  • Lest We Forget (200)
  • All Roads Lead Outward Bound (218)
  • Ends of Time: Epilogue (222)
  • Appendix (map of The Shire, map of Hobbiton, map of Valinor, timeline as per this universe) (225)