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How many have actually read this one?
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Old Tom Bombadil was a merry fellow;
bright blue his jacket was and his boots were yellow,
green were his girdle and his breeches all of leather;
he wore in his tall hat a swan-wing feather.
He lived up under Hill, where the Withywindle
ran from a grassy well down into the dingle.


Old Tom Bombadil heeded not the voices,
taps, knocks, dancing feet, all the nightly noises;
slept till the sun arose, then sang like a starling:
'Hey! Come derry-dol, merry-dol, my darling!'
sitting on the door-step chopping sticks of willow,
while fair Goldberry combed her tresses yellow.
The first and last of 26 stanzas of the poem 'The Adventures of Tom Bombadil' found in the Tolkien Reader by JRR Tolkien. Cool Smilie
Well, okey... Smile Smilie
But I meant the book Big Smile Smilie
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Year still after year flows
down the Seven Rivers;
cloud passes, sunlight glows,
reed and willow quivers
at morn and eve, but never more
westward ships waded
in mortal waters as before,
and their song has faded.

THE END
The preceding is the thirteenth and final stanza of Tolkien's poem 'The Last Ship' found on page 64, the final page of 'The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and other verses from 'The Red Book', with illustrations by Pauline Baynes. This being the final section of 'The Tolkien Reader'.

'The Adventures... ' are made up of sixteen poems, only two of which concern Tom Bombadil, and most are delightful. My favorites are 'The Stone Troll' and the two about 'The Man in the Moon': one where he 'Stayed Up Too Late' and the other where he 'Came Down Too Soon'.

If anyone wants a complete list of those poems you have but to ask. See my 13 January 2002 comment in the 'Other Tolkien Books' thread, where I listed the titles of the other sections of 'The Tolkien Reader', whose pages of my 1970 edition paperback are now yellow with age, but remain within their binding.
[Edited on 19/3/2002 by Grondmaster]
To answer Iago's question, no I haven't read it, but I'm desperately looking for it... But I can't seem to find it... Sad Smilie
I've stated a thread in the 'Golden Perch Tavern' called 'Tolkien's Poetry, Seralized' wherein I'm adding some of his lesser known poety. I just finished adding The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and have started Bombadil Goes Boating.


[Edited on 30/4/2002 by Grondmaster]
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To answer Iago's question, no I haven't read it, but I'm desperately looking for it... But I can't seem to find it... Sad Smilie

Don't worry Tom, you'll find it. Heh, now I want to read it too! Big Smile Smilie
Can't wait to find it now... Big Smile Smilie
Never read it. Does it shed any new light onto the origins of Tom??
Cirdan: Go to the thread in the Golden Perch Tavern called Tolkien's Poetry, Serialized and read the two Tom Bombadil poems in their entirety. I typed them in for you all, because the book was scarce. And no they don't really get into his ancient history. Smile Smilie
Those poems are a wonderful read, but like Grondy said they don't show much of Tom's history or whatever. They're just tales. Nice tales, however. Big Smile Smilie
Grondy, you are soooo smart and sneaky to have thought of that. lol It would never have occured to me to do something like thatl.
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You want to be careful about that if george & unwin find out thy'll nail your hat on!
To preclude copyright infringement, the last few verses have been removed from all the poems found via the quick link at the top of all our pages and those posted under the Golden Perch with a reference to where the remainder of the poem can be found; thus, we are now providing them free advertising rather than stealing their product.
I have read it, but I didn't really get into it Wink Smilie
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I typed them in for you all, because the book was scarce


You want to be careful about that if george & unwin find out thy'll nail your hat on!
Your praise should go to Taz Mellie, I merely implemented his request. Happy Elf Smilie
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Well, Taz, you get all my praise yet again.
FYI, for anyone who is interested in the Adventures of Tom Bombadil, and is having a hard time finding it, to the best of my knowledge, the book has been out of print for quite some time. The original publisher I believe was the Houghton Mifflin Co., and their free info # is, 1-800-225-3362. I think it’s a good bet that they will be able to tell you where you can still obtain a copy.
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You can find the entire collection of poems from the book, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil in The Tolkien Reader which is still in print and for sale online and in bookstores for around $7 US for the illustrated paperback version.

In addition to "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil", the Reader also contains "Tolkien's Magic Ring" an introduction by Peter Beagle; "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son", Tolkien's short play based on 'The Battle of Malden'; the book Tree and Leaf made up of Tolkien's essay "On Fairy-stories" and his short story "Leaf by Niggle"; and a Tolkien's longer story "Farmer Giles of Ham". All of them are good reads. Teacher Smilie
I´ve never seen the book "the Adventures of Tom Bombadil" on Iceland Sad Smilie

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That, Einar, is because it is only available now a days in The Tolkien Reader.
I read a little of it and I still can't figure out who Tom is...at first I thought he was Tulkas...but I was wrong and after I read it, Tom seems to be like some ordinary guy who is afraid of Barrow-wights too...at first..
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That, Einar, is because it is only available now a days in The Tolkien Reader.

It is not only in The Tolkien Reader.....it is in "Ringens Värld" too! But what is The Tolkien Reader? a magazine?
It is a paperback book. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings interspersed with the text. Read my above post of 18/1/2003 at 02:10 where I listed its contents.
I just have to say that The Adventures of Tom Bombadil was lousy in my opinion....because they didn´t shed any light on what he is and where he comes from.....But in Sweden it is not in The Tolkien Reader....it´s in The Rings World... in swedish if I am allowed....it´s is called Ringens Värld....so if I were Icelandic then I would search after aproximately the same title only in Icelandic instead of Swedish! Big Laugh Smilie
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That, Einar, is because it is only available now a days in The Tolkien Reader.

It is not only in The Tolkien Reader.....it is in "Ringens Värld" too! But what is The Tolkien Reader? a magazine?
Oh okay! Well in "Ringens Värld" there is also Leaf by Niggle, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, Beorthnoths Homecoming, Tree and Leaf, About fairy-tales and some information on the kings of Numenor,Rohan and Gondor. But there is also about dwarves, hobbits, elves etc.etc.
Perhaps its the translated version Big Smile Smilie
I've reald that book and it sorta reminds me of a childrens book. The poems are like things that you would tell to a little kid and the riddles are too. Its a nice read though because they are comical.
to anyone who doesn't know, it's in TALES FROM THE PERILOUS REALM, too, together with leaf by niggle, farmer giles of ham and smith of wootton mayor.
personally I loved the poems, most of them are brilliant. my favourites were the mewlips and one about a princess, I haven't got the book at hand and I don't recall the title... I do recommend the poems to everyone who is interested in tolkien's poetry, they are really cute...
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my favourites were the mewlips and one about a princess, I haven't got the book at hand and I don't recall the title...

LITTLE PRINCESS MEE

Lovely was she
As in elven-song is told:
She had pearls in hair
All threaded fair;
Of gossamer shot with gold
Was her kerchief made,
And a silver braid
Of stars about her throat.
Of moth-web light
All moonlit-white
She wore a woven coat,
And round her kirtle
Was bound a girdle
Sewn with diamond dew.

She walked by day
Under mantle grey
And hood of clouded blue;
But she went by night
All glittering bright
Under the starlit sky,
And her slippers frail
Of fishes' mail
Flashed as she went by
To her dancing-pool,
And on mirror cool
Of windless water played.
As a mist of light
In whirling flight
A glint like glass she made
Wherever her feet
Of silver fleet
Flicked the dancing-floor.

She looked on high
To the roofless sky,
And she looked to the shadowy shore;
Then round she went,
And her eyes she bent
And saw beneath her go
A Princess Shee
As fair as Mee:
They were dancing toe to toe!

Shee was as light
As Mee, and as bright;
But Shee was, strange to tell,
Hanging down
With starry crown
Into a bottomless well!
Her gleaming eyes
In great surprise
Looked up to the eyes of Mee:
A marvellous thing,
Head-down to swing
Above a starry sea!

Only their feet
Could ever meet;
For where the ways might lie
To find a land
Where they do not stand
But hang down in the sky
No one could tell
Nor learn in spell
In all the elven-lore.

So still on her own
An elf alone
Dancing as before
With pearls in hair
And kirtle fair
And slippers frail
Of fishes' mail went Mee:
Of fishes' mail
And slippers frail
And kirtle fair
With pearls in hair went Shee!
Accompanying Tolien's poem Princess Mee, was an illustration by Pauline Baynes of a fairy princess dancing on a mirror-like surface, for those who couldn't understand the word picture described by the poem.
yea, right, that was what I meant, it's sweet.
have you got a link for that pic? I'd like to have a look at it...
No, you would have to buy the book The Tolkien Reader or find it in the library.
is there no chance to find it in the www? you can find almost everything there... except for the things you want to find, of course... well, I don't think I'll find the Tolkien Reader somewhere in a library or bookshop in Austria, too bad.
You are not suppose to find copyrighted material on the web. That is the reason the maps, pictures, and poems have been missing from our art gallery and poetic section: the Tolkien family lawyers hounded Taz into removing them with an "or else!". You could try buying it via Amazon.co.uk by credit card though the shipping may be high; they our one of our sponsors. Click on their ad to the lower left if you want to check them out. I buy most of my books from their USA website.