The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, XV: The Sea-Bell

This story features a person who travels out to sea and is gone over a year in a mysterious land, which changes them as a person. It could be associated with the type of despair and darkness that is felt by people who have taken to the "wandering-madness" (p.258) which is a perspective of the Hobbits, making them "queer and uncommunicable" (p.258). This poem is a a revised and expanded version of Looney, which was published in the Oxford Magazine in 1934.

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The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, XII: Cat

The poem "Cat" was intended as being a poem in the marginalia in the Red Book, a piece written by Sam Gamgee as a touched-up version of an older piece of "comic bestiary lore of which Hobbits appear to have been fond" (The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, p. 232). It is a fairly short poem so I have quoted it below in it's entirety instead of writing a summary of it which would be only one sentence short.

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, IX: The Mewlips

This poem depicts nightmarish creatures called Mewlips and the depressing route  one takes to their dwelling and what happens when you reach it. There exsists a precursor to The Mewlips, it is called Knocking at the Door: Lines Induced by Sensations When Waiting for an Answer at the Door of an Exalted Academic Person. Tolkien published that one under a pseudonym in Oxford Magazine (1937).

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, I: The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

The title character of this book is none other than Tom Bombadil, who is featured in this poem. It is supposed to reflect poetry written by/being told by Hobbits in Buckland, who would be fairly well aquaintanced with Tom Bombadil, although they might not understand him perfectly. The poem have a fairly early origin, being concieved long before Frodo and his company meet Tom.