The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, IV: Princess Mee

This short poem is described as having been written into the marigins of the Red Book. It is supposed to depict a hobbit’s idea of what an elf-maiden is. A precursor of the poem, called The Princess Ni, was published in the collection Leeds University Verse 1914-24

The poem is about a little Princess Elf named Mee. She is fair and clothes with details in white, silver, and diamond dew. She wears pearls in her hair. Her slippers are made out of fishes’ mail. In daylight she walks covered by mantle and hood, but during night she dances. She dances on top of the water of a pool and in the water she see’s Princess Shee, her reflection.

Characters to note:

  • Princess Mee – A fair little Elf.
  • Princess Shee – The reflection of Mee.


The poem was easy to read and the content very approachable. It does remind me of children’s and moden fairytale fairies, which J.R.R. Tolkien was not a big fan of. But, as is made clear by the commentary, is that this is a reflection of hobbit’s views of elves. Hobbits that have not met elves and only heard stories about them, maybe not able to envision the grandeur that we as readers are already familiar with when it comes to Tolkien’s elves.

Have you read this poem?  Please comment and tell us what you think of it and if you have anything to add!


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