Open goes the door again and in comes a jolly-looking creature, with a brown beard and sparkling blue eyes. His clothes are blue, his boots are yellow and he wears a feather on his head. (now who might this be? :P: ) He greets the innkeeper, sees the sign and nods. Then he bursts into a song of nonsense:
"Hey dol! merry dol!ring a dong dillo!
Ring a dong! hop along! fal lal the willow!
Tom Bom, jolly Tom, Tom Bombadillo!"
Still singing, he grabs the hands of Allyssa, drags her along into a dance.
"Hey! Come merry dol! derry dol! My darling!
Light goes the weather-wind and the feathered starling.
Down along under Hill, shining in the sunlight,
Waiting on the doorstep for the cold starlight,
There my pretty lady is, River-Woman's daughter,
Slender as the willow-wand, clearer than the water.
Old Tom Bombadil water-lilies bringing
Comes hopping home again. Can you hear him singing?
Hey! Come merry dol! derry dol! and merry-o,
Goldberry, Goldberry, merry yellow berry-o!
Poor old Willow-man, you tuck your roots away!
Tom's in a hurry now. Evening will follow day.
Tom's going home again water lilies bringing.
Hey! Come derry dol! Can you hear me singing?"
As the song ends, he puts Allyssa back on her chair again and walks to the bar. "So there's your song then eh!" he says to the innkeeper, who nods. "As you might have heard, I must be off again soon, Goldberry is waiting, but on me way home, I spotted this inn here, which I had never seen before in these 3000 years I've lived here. So I thought I might just as well drop in and have a mug of ale to keep me on the way eh!"
The innkeeper (by all looks a dwarf) hands him a cold mug of ale, which he finishes in one go. With a wave of his hand and the following words, he leaves again: "Oh well, must be off. Got some hobbits to free again, I feel. Silly little things have walked into the hands of the willow-man again. Tsss! Cheers all!"nn[Edited on 5/7/2002 by TomBombadillo]
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