The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

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grondmaster
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The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Post#1 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

How many have actually read this one?
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:
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iago
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The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Post#2 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Well, okey... :)
But I meant the book :D

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The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Post#3 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

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]
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TomBombadillo
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Post#4 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

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... :(
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Post#5 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

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.
nn[Edited on 30/4/2002 by Grondmaster]
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Halo_Black
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The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Post#6 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

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... :(

Don't worry Tom, you'll find it. Heh, now I want to read it too! :D

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TomBombadillo
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The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Post#7 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Can't wait to find it now... :D
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Cirdan
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The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Post#8 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Never read it. Does it shed any new light onto the origins of Tom??

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grondmaster
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The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Post#9 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Cirdan: Go to the thread in the [u]Golden Perch[/u] Tavern called [u]Tolkien's Poetry, Serialized[/u] 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. :)
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TomBombadillo
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The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Post#10 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

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. :D
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