The Adventures of Tom Bombadil


Cover of the 2014 edition of The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, edited by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond.

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Other Verses from the Red Book contains 16 poems, each with their own plot. It was first published in 1962. I have read a 2014 edition of the book, edited by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond. It contains extra content, such as earlier versions of the poems, and commentary.

The poems in this book are meant to represent a collection of various Hobbit-esque poetry that were relevant in the regions around The Shire at the end of the Third Age, and written by hobbits, collected in the Red Book. Most recognisable is the character of Tom Bombadil, who features in The Fellowship of the Ring. Some of the poems in the 2014 are accompanied by earlier versions, originally not ment to be set in Middle-Earth, but became amended to fit this publication. The illustrations are made by Pauline Baynes. The poems offer a view on the world from the Hobbits’ perspective. The title of the publication are based on the first two poems in the book which are centered around Tom Bombadil, the others features various people and creatures that are part of Hobbit-lore.

The poems included in the book:

I: The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
II: Bombadil Goes Boating
III: Errantry
IV: Princess Mee
V: The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late
VI: The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon
VII: The Stone Troll
VIII: Perry-the-Winkle
IX: The Mewlips
X: Oliphaunt
XI: Fastitocalon
XII: Cat
XIII: Shadow-Bride
XIV: The Hoard
XV: The Sea-Bell
XVI: The Last Ship

My posts on these poems will only feature the main poems’ plots. Not their forerunners that are part of the extra content in the 2014 edition. If relevant, I might make mentions of the “2014 extras” in my commentary.


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