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The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late by JRR Tolkien JRR Tolkien and taken from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil George Allen & Unwin Ltd., found in Ninth Edition of The Tolkien Reader Ballantine Books, Inc.

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There is an inn, a merry old inn
beneath an old grey hill,
And there they brew a beer so brown
That the Man in the Moon himself came down
one night to drink his fill.

You can find the remainder of this poem continued in: "The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late" available in The Tolkien Reader and also in Tales from the Perilous Realm. This comic poem also appears unnamed, in the FOTR, Book I, Chapter 9 entitled 'At the Sign of the Prancing Pony', where it is sung by one Mr. Underhill, with much accolade the first time around, but with some consternation and breakage of crockery the second. Read Smilie

NOTE: The bulk of this posted poem has been edited to bring it closer to a 'fair usage' standard under the copyright laws.
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Love it, love it! More coming up then?
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The Sea Bell by JRR Tolkien JRR Tolkien and taken from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil George Allen & Unwin Ltd., found in Ninth Edition of The Tolkien Reader Ballantine Books, Inc.

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I walked by the sea, and there came to me,
as a star-beam on the wet sand,
a white shell like a sea-bell;
trembling it lay in my wet hand.
In my fingers shaken I heard waken
a ding within, by a harbour bar
a bouy swinging, a call ringing
over endless seas, faint now and far.

You can find the remainder of this poem continued in: "The Sea Bell" available in The Tolkien Reader and also in Tales from the Perilous Realm. Read Smilie

NOTE: The bulk of this posted poem has been edited to bring it closer to a 'fair usage' standard under the copyright laws.
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Big Laugh Smilie I don't have to rhyme in every line just every other line....
Many of Tolkien's poems in his book The Adventures of Tom Bombadil have the second (rhyming) lines indented, which leads me to believe they were originally meant to be all on one line and the book's pages were just too narrow. As I was typing these in, I found the forum accepts neither indentations nor multiple spaces, so I went without and just wondered if I should maybe make them "one liners".

What do all you poets and readers think?
That one somehow reminds me of Edgar Allan Poe. Weird. Cool Smilie
Today I finished The Sea Bell. Smile Smilie

Stay tuned for an additional poem, coming to this forum sometime in the near future.
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I suppose it was the general feeling of melancholy and gloominess, yes, tuesday. I like Poe a lot though. Big Smile Smilie
I finished Princess Mee today. Smile Smilie

Should I consider doing The Hoard next, or has interest in reading these poems flagged?
We're reading, we're reading! Honest!

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Please keep going G. Haven't been lurking around PT lately, but hopefully I'll be unemployed again next month & will be able to spend more time on this thread. Am getting sick and tired of working. Sad Smilie
The Hoard by JRR Tolkien JRR Tolkien and taken from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil George Allen & Unwin Ltd., found in Ninth Edition of The Tolkien Reader Ballantine Books, Inc.

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When the moon was new and the sun young
of silver and gold the gods sung:
in green the grass they silver spilled,
and the white waters they with gold filled.
Ere the pit was dug or Hell yawned,
ere dwarf was bred or dragon spawned,
there were Elves of old, and strong spells
under green hills in hollow dells
they sang as they wrought many fair things,
and bright crowns of the Elf-Kings.
But their doom fell, and their song waned,
by iron hewn and by steel chained.

You can find the remainder of this poem continued in: "The Hoard" available in The Tolkien Reader and also in Tales from the Perilous Realm. Read Smilie

NOTE: The bulk of this posted poem has been edited to bring it closer to a 'fair usage' standard under the copyright laws.
You shouldn't thank me, I'm only the middle man; thank Professor Tolkien instead. Smile Smilie
I added more lines to The Hoard today.

Next time will finish it. Smile Smilie
Loverly! Something to read again! Read Smilie
Read Smilie Read Smilie read:

And the moral of the story is: Spend it all.

Good poem though G. I've forwarded it to my mom. Thumbs Up Smilie
I finished The Hoard today. Cool Smilie

Stay tuned for an additional poem, coming to this forum sometime in the near future.

Ungoliant: Sounds like both you and Taz have copied a poem before it was complete.
Should I refrain from adding the Read Smilie icon until a poem is complete so people who don't read the accompanying comment can get an idea of when it is complete. Maybe I should also remove all the intermediate 'edited on's when it is finished. Got any ideas?


[Edited on 16/8/2002 by Grondmaster]
Don't worry G, I knew that it was incomplete. I just liked it as it was.

Don't think you need to do anything to warn readers G. After the first couple of poems, I'm sure most would have learnt to scrool down to check see if the poem is complete. Your method is fine the way it is.

Read Smilie Great poem though. Hmm. I didn't quite like the ending though - I think it would have been better without the last paragraph? stanza? (or whatever it is that poems use to organise themselves). As you can see, I'm no poet, and have no artistic/romantic bone in my body.
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As you can see, I ... have no artistic/romantic bone in my body.
That, I believe, is because arachnids have an external skeleton. Very Big Grin Smilie

Okay, I won't change my method of presentation. Smile Smilie
The Mewlips by JRR Tolkien JRR Tolkien and taken from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil George Allen & Unwin Ltd., found in Ninth Edition of The Tolkien Reader Ballantine Books, Inc.

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The shadows where the Mewlips dwell
Are dark and wet as ink,
And slow and softly rings their bell,
As in the slime you sink.

You can find the remainder of this poem continued in: "The Mewlips" available in The Tolkien Reader and also in Tales from the Perilous Realm. Read Smilie

NOTE: The bulk of this posted poem has been edited to bring it closer to a 'fair usage' standard under the copyright laws.
I finished The Mewlips today.

Stay tuned for an additional poem, coming to this forum sometime in the near future. Smile Smilie
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Ooo, that's creepy G. *shudder* (not the poetry, I meant the subject matter).

Is it about some man-eating plant? But then they live without moon or sunlight, so they can't be plants. What on earth are Mewlips anyway?
Yeah, or perhaps some kind of quicksand thingie? Super Scared Smilie
Mewlips are indigenous to bogs, marshes, and swamps. They are partial to Humans and Elves, but wouldn't say no to a second helping of Dwarf or Hobbit. Very Evil Smilie
Fastitocalon by JRR Tolkien JRR Tolkien and taken from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil George Allen & Unwin Ltd., found in Ninth Edition of The Tolkien Reader Ballantine Books, Inc.

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Look, there is Fastitocalon!
An island good to land upon,
Although 'tis rather bare.
Come, leave the sea! And let us run,
Or dance, or lie down in the sun!
See, gulls are sitting there!
Beware!
Gulls do not sink.

You can find the remainder of this poem continued in: "Fastitocalon" available in The Tolkien Reader and also in Tales from the Perilous Realm. Read Smilie

NOTE: The bulk of this posted poem has been edited to bring it closer to a 'fair usage' standard under the copyright laws.
I finished the poem Fastitocalon today.


Stay tuned for an additional poem, coming to this forum sometime in the near future. Smile Smilie
I liked Fastitocalon. I Love You Smilie
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Bravo Grondy! Great poem!

Reminds of of the Mystery of Mary Celeste...maybe that's what happened to her passengers!
Thank you, Professor Tolkien! Tongue Smilie

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Shadow Bride by JRR Tolkien JRR Tolkien and taken from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil George Allen & Unwin Ltd., found in Ninth Edition of The Tolkien Reader Ballantine Books, Inc.

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There was a man who dwelt alone,
as day and night went past
he sat as still as carven stone,
and yet no shadow cast.
The white owls pearched upon his head
beneath the winter moon;
they wiped their beaks and thought him dead
under the stars of June.

You can find the remainder of this poem continued in: "Shadow Bride" available in The Tolkien Reader and also in Tales from the Perilous Realm. Read Smilie

NOTE: The bulk of this posted poem has been edited to bring it closer to a 'fair usage' standard under the copyright laws.
I finished the Shadow Bride today. Read Smilie
That one sent shivers up and down my spine Grondy. Thank you for sharing these wonderful poems with those of us that do not have our own copies. I have really enjoyed reading them, as I am sure the others do as well.
You are welcome Mellie. Smile Smilie
Lovely poem indeed. Smile Smilie Read Smilie
Today I have gone back through all the Tolkien poems, both in this thread and in our Tolkien Poetry Section (available from the Main Menu), to remove a few stanzas from each and pointing to the book from which the remainder of the poem can be found. This is to preclude having legal problems with the copyright owners of those poems. Cool Elf Smilie
Do you have anything else for us Grondy?

It is a shame for this to end.

[Edited on 8/10/2002 by MelliotSandybanks]
I'm thinking of lifting some more from the other books, there are a few more in this one that I could do, but feel it would be flouting the law to print all sixteen poems from this book. I think maybe I will do Gimli's In Moria, Khazad-dm next, Sam really liked that one. Smile Smilie
Gimli's Chant (In Moria, In Khazad-dm) by J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright 1955, 1964 by J.R.R. Tolkien. Copyright renewed 1982 by Christopher R. Tolkien, Michael H.R. Tolkien, John F.R. Tolkien and Priscilla M.A.R. Tolkien. and taken from Ballantine Books Edition of The Fellowship of the Ring

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The world was young, the mountains green,
No stain yet upon the moon was seen,
No words were laid on stream or stone,
When Durin woke and walked alone.
He named the nameless hills and dells;
He drank from yet untasted wells;
He stooped and looked in Mirrormere,
And saw a crown of stars appear,
As gems upon a silver thread,
Above the shadow of his head.

You can find the remainder of this poem continued in: "Gimli's Chant (In Moria, In Khazad-dm)" available untitled in The Fellowship of the Ring. Read Smilie

NOTE: The bulk of this posted poem has been edited to bring it closer to a 'fair usage' standard under the copyright laws.
Tonight I finished Gimli's Chant (In Moria, In Khazad-dm). Read Smilie

Stay tuned for an additional poem, coming to this forum sometime in the near future. Cool Smilie
Great job you've done Grondy! Thumbs Up Smilie Any more coming up? Orc Going Huh Smilie
I'm working on it Tommie. Happy Elf Smilie
CAT by JRR Tolkien JRR Tolkien and taken from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil George Allen & Unwin Ltd., found in Ninth Edition of The Tolkien Reader Ballantine Books, Inc.

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The fat cat on the mat
may seem to dream
of nice mice that suffice
for him, or cream;
but he free, maybe,
walks in thought
unbowed, proud, where loud
roared and fought
his kin, lean and slim,
or deep in den
in the East feasted on beasts
and tender men.

You can find the remainder of this poem continued in: "CAT" available in The Tolkien Reader and also in Tales from the Perilous Realm. Read Smilie

NOTE: The bulk of this posted poem has been edited to bring it closer to a 'fair usage' standard under the copyright laws.
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Fantastic, Grondy! Read Smilie Read Smilie
OLIPHAUNT by JRR Tolkien JRR Tolkien and taken from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil George Allen & Unwin Ltd., found in Ninth Edition of The Tolkien Reader Ballantine Books, Inc.

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Grey as a mouse,
Big as a house,
Nose like a snake,
I make the earth shake,
As I tramp through the grass;
Trees crack as I pass.

You can find the remainder of this poem continued in: "OLIPHAUNT" available in The Two Towers; The Tolkien Reader; and also in Tales from the Perilous Realm. Read Smilie

NOTE: The bulk of this posted poem has been edited to bring it closer to a 'fair usage' standard under the copyright laws.
The Lay of Leithian (In this segment of the epic, Felagund (also known as King Finrod and the brother of Galadriel) strove with Sauron in songs of power.) by JRR Tolkien Christopher Reuel Tolkien and taken from second edition of The Silmarillian George Allen & Unwin Ltd.

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He chanted a song of wizardy,
Of piercing, opening, of treachery,
Revealing, uncovering, betraying.
Then sudden Felagund there swaying,
Sang in answer a song of staying,
resisting, battling against power,
Of secrets kept, strength like a tower,
And trust unbroken, freedom, escape;
Of changing and of shifting shape.

You can find the remainder of this poem continued in: about 10 pages into Chapter 19 entitled "Of Beren and Luthien" in The Silmarillion. Read Smilie

NOTE: The bulk of this posted poem has been edited to bring it closer to a 'fair usage' standard under the copyright laws.
Thanks Grond! That's one of my favourite poems from LOTR, just because it's so simple...

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You & Me And the Cottage of Lost Play by J.R.R. Tolkien, taken from The Book of Lost Tales I: the extraordinary history of Middle-earth Edited by Christopher Tolkien. A Del Rey Book Published by The Ballantine Publishing Group. Copyright 1983 by Frank Richard Williamson and Christopher Reuel Tolkien as Executors of the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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You and me we know that land
And often have been there
In the long old days, old nursery days,
A dark child and a fair.
Was it down the paths of firelight dreams
In winter cold and white,
Or in the blue-spun twilit hours
Of little early tucked-up beds
In drowsy summer night,
That You and I got lost in Sleep
And met each other there
Your dark hair on your white nightgown,
And mine was tangled fair?

You can find the remainder of this poem continued in: "You & Me And the Cottage of Lost Play" available in The Book of Lost Tales I. Read Smilie

NOTE: The bulk of this posted poem has been edited to bring it closer to a 'fair usage' standard under the copyright laws.
thanks!! i just love it!! Happy Elf Smilie
it proves, that he isn't only a genius. he is a POETIC genius! and he also has a romantic soul...
could you also put up the poem about Aryador? it's my favourite. Wiggle Smilie
Today I added a few more stanzus to You & Me
And the Cottage of Lost Play.
Habbanan beneath the Stars by J.R.R. Tolkien, taken from The Book of Lost Tales I: the extraordinary history of Middle-earth Edited by Christopher Tolkien. A Del Rey Book Published by The Ballantine Publishing Group. Copyright 1983 by Frank Richard Williamson and Christopher Reuel Tolkien as Executors of the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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In Habbanan beneath the skies
Where all roads end however long
There is sound of faint guitars
And distant echoes of a song,
For there men gather into rings
Round their red fires while one voice sings
And all about is night.

Continued in.... "Habbanan beneath the Stars" available in The Book of Lost Tales I. Read Smilie

NOTE: The bulk of this posted poem has been edited to bring it closer to a 'fair usage' standard under the copyright laws.
Ooops I am falling behind Grondy. You will have another one in a few moments.
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