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My Tom Bombadil art

The Shire

Apr 17 2008, 7:41am

Post #1 of 12 (656 views)
My Tom Bombadil art Can't Post

He's a real favourite of mine and here's my own interpretations of the poem "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil":
Tom meets Goldberry.
Old Man Willow strikes.
At home with the badger-folk.
The barrow-wight.
Happy ending.

Enjoy (I hope)!


Apr 17 2008, 4:28pm

Post #2 of 12 (399 views)
Very lively and animated! [In reply to] Can't Post

I like your illustrations, the characters have very expressive features and the drawings have movement and great staging. Very charming! I've never seen the tale of Bombadil illustrated so completely before, either; its refreshing to see original work like that! Well done!

"I am in fact a hobbit in all but size." - J.R.R.Tolkien

Tol Eressea

Apr 17 2008, 6:47pm

Post #3 of 12 (392 views)
I'd be interested to know [In reply to] Can't Post

who you have portrayed as guests at the wedding. Are they relatives -- they kind of loook like they could be.

"There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark."

The Shire

Apr 17 2008, 7:03pm

Post #4 of 12 (402 views)
I think you know them... [In reply to] Can't Post

On the right is Tom's old buddy Gandalf, on the left Goldberry's mother, the River-Woman. Next to Gandalf in the back is Radagast and to the left of him an elf (you decide which). There are more people in the back, I suppose -This being a pretty unexpected but happy event.

Aunt Dora Baggins

Apr 17 2008, 7:49pm

Post #5 of 12 (395 views)
These are so delightful! [In reply to] Can't Post

I love the sheepish look on the barrow-wight's face. LOL!

"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

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Apr 17 2008, 10:29pm

Post #6 of 12 (640 views)
Excellent! [In reply to] Can't Post

Your art is very unique, and I like it very much. I would love to see more!

In the Wedding scene, is that the fox from LotR? And, perhaps, is that a dumbledor flying between Goldberry and her mother? Nice details!

Cķrdan saw further and deeper than any other in Middle-earth, and he welcomed Mithrandir at the Grey Havens, knowing whence he came and whither he would return.
'Take this ring, master,' he said, 'for your labours will be heavy; but it will support you in the weariness you have taken upon yourself. For this is the Ring of Fire, and with it you may rekindle hearts in a world that grows chill.'

Beren IV

Apr 18 2008, 5:58am

Post #7 of 12 (407 views)
Well, the guy with the staff is obvious! [In reply to] Can't Post

I love these. The barrow wight looks a little like something out of a cartoon to me (and he looks almost more like a robot than a skeleton), but otherwise these are good. I am also interested in who Tom and Goldberry's wedding guests are - except of course for the other old man with the blue hat and staff - I know who he is! Tongue


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Tol Eressea

Apr 18 2008, 6:29pm

Post #8 of 12 (481 views)
They're charming! [In reply to] Can't Post

I very much enjoyed your illustrations for "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil," especially the first one, where Goldberry grabs Tom and pulls him in the water. His expression is priceless -- he just hasn't realized what hit him! And the happy ending of Tom and Goldberry's wedding, with its multi-species guest list, is very sweet.

Well done!

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(This post was edited by Idril Celebrindal on Apr 18 2008, 6:30pm)

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Tol Eressea

Apr 20 2008, 11:35am

Post #9 of 12 (381 views)
Tom Bombadil the way he was meant to be . . . [In reply to] Can't Post

. . . You got it my friend! I look at that face, and all I see is old Bombadil! Excellent job! Smile

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Ash nazg thrakatulūk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

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White Gull

Apr 20 2008, 7:16pm

Post #10 of 12 (362 views)
These are fun! [In reply to] Can't Post

And quite good, to my thinking! Thanks for posting them.


Poetry has been to me an exceeding great reward; it has soothed my affliction; it has multiplied and refined my enjoyments; it has endeared my solitude; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the Good and Beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Apr 21 2008, 2:11am

Post #11 of 12 (520 views)
Nicely done and [In reply to] Can't Post

I really liked the story that connects them . . . and how you showed it.

" . . . (we are ) too engrossed in thinking of everything as a preparation or training or making one fit -- for what? At any minute it is what we are and are doing, not what we plan to be and do that counts."

J.R.R. Tolkien in his 6 October 1940 letter to his son Michael Tolkien.

The Shire

Apr 28 2008, 1:51pm

Post #12 of 12 (519 views)
Thank you! [In reply to] Can't Post

I put in the fox simply because I like foxes, but I think I had the Narnia fox in the back of my mind more than anything else. At any rate, he's an "inkling" creation. And the bug could certainly be a dumbledore!


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