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Ho, Tom Bombadil! Time to begin discussing the JRRT shorter works!

Grey Havens

Feb 1, 9:09am

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Ho, Tom Bombadil! Time to begin discussing the JRRT shorter works! Can't Post

We'll begin with a section from the Red Book called The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (hereafter ATB) which you should find in the book The Tolkien Reader. In my paperback Ballantine copy this section begins on page 189 and ends on 251; it contains an introduction and 16 poems.

The first poem is also called ATB and begins on page 197 with the familiar "Old Tom Bombadil was a merry fellow ..." , ending on page 202 with "while fair Goldberry combed her tresses yellow." If you are using a different edition, please PM me.
Please read it as convenient; Try reading some of it aloud to get a feel for the rhythm. I'll be posting observations and questions and invite everyone in the RR to do likewise.

Before we get into the first ATB poem, I suggest revisiting last week's thread

What do Tom and Goldberry add to LOTR?

Thanks for your encouragement,

"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."


Feb 1, 12:59pm

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Thanks for the homework, Elanor, and glad to see you're back! // [In reply to] Can't Post


Grey Havens

Feb 15, 9:22am

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*limps in, looks around* [In reply to] Can't Post

Unfortunately I acquired a minor stress fracture of the hip which has set me back, I plan to resume posting regularly soon.

"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."


Feb 15, 10:09am

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Ow! - hope you feel better soon! // [In reply to] Can't Post


"Go down to the shovel store and take your pick." Traditional prank played on dwarves when they start down the mine.


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