The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Really loving my evergrowing Tolkien book collection!

I wasn’t around when the holidays hit but in my months away, I began to read quite a lot. And I had been wanting to read more of Tolkiens work, so I asked for these beauties as gifts among some other books. The four small ones came together in a lovely box called the Tolkien Treasury - Definately want to dive into these magical stories soon. 📖

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When the moon was new and the sun young
of silver and gold the gods sung:
in the green grass they silver spilled,
and the white waters they with gold filled.
Ere the pit was dug or Hell yawned,
ere dwarf was bred or dragon spawned,
there were Elves of old, and strong spells
under green hills in hollow dells
they sang as they wrought many fair things,
and the bright crowns of the Elf-kings.
But their doom fell, and their song waned,
by iron hewn and by steel chained.
Greed that sang not, nor with mouth smiled,
in dark holes their wealth piled,
graven silver and carven gold:
over Elvenhome the shadow rolled.

There was an old dwarf in a dark cave,
to silver and gold his fingers clave;
with hammer and tongs and anvil-stone
he worked his hands to the hard bone.
and coins he made, and strings of rings,
and thought to buy the power of kings.
But his eyes grew dim and his ears dull
and the skin yellow on his old skull;
through his bony claw with a pale sheen
the stony jewels slipped unseen.
No feet he heard, though the earth quaked.
when the young dragon his thirst slaked.
and the stream smoked at his dark door.
The flames hissed on the dank floor,
and he died alone in the red fire;
his bones were ashes in the hot mire.

There was an old dragon under grey stone;
his red eyes blinked as he lay alone.
His joy was dead and his youth spent,
he was knobbed and wrinkled, and his limbs bent
in the long years to his gold chained;
in his heart’s furnace the fire waned.
To his belly’s slime gems stuck thick,
silver and gold he would snuff and lick:
he knew the place of the least ring
beneath the shadow of his black wing.
Of thieves he thought on his hard bed,
and dreamed that on their flesh he fed,
their bones crushed, and their blood drank:
his ears drooped and his breath sank.
Mail-rings rang. He heard them not.
A voice echoed in his deep grot:
a young warrior with a bright sword
called him forth to defend his hoard.
His teeth were knives, and of horn his hide,
but iron tore him, and his flame died.

There was an old king on a high throne:
his white beard lay on knees of bone;
his mouth savoured neither meat nor drink,
nor his ears song; he could only think
of his huge chest with carven lid
where pale gems and gold lay hid
in secret treasury in the dark ground;
its strong doors were iron-bound.
The swords of his thanes were dull with rust,
his glory fallen, his rule unjust,
his halls hollow, and his bowers cold,
but king he was of elvish gold.
He heard not the horns in the mountain-pass,
he smelt not the blood on the trodden grass,
but his halls were burned, his kingdom lost;
in a cold pit his bones were tossed.

There is an old hoard in a dark rock,
forgotten behind doors none can unlock;
that grim gate no man can pass.
On the mound grows the green grass;
there sheep feed and the larks soar,
and the wind blows from the sea-shore.
The old hoard the Night shall keep,
while earth waits and the Elves sleep.


“The Hoard”, JRR Tolkien

Or, I seriously wonder if PJ and the folks writing BotFA read this poem while doing the dragon sickness scenes, I seriously wonder it

Old Tom Bombadil had a merry wedding,
crowned all with buttercups, hat and feather shedding;
his bride with forgetmenots and flag-lilies for garland
was robed all in silver-green. He sang like a starling,
hummed like a honey-bee, lilted to the fiddle,
clasping his river-maid round her slender middle.

“The Adventures of Tom Bombadil” - J.R.R. Tolkien

“Hoo, Tom Bombadil! Look what night has brought you!
I’m here behind the door. Now at last I’ve caught you!
You’d forgotten Barrow-wight dwelling in the old mound
up there on hill-top with the ring of stones round.
He’s got loose again. Under earth he’ll take you.
Poor Tom Bombadil, pale and cold he’ll make you!”
“Go out! Shut the door, and never come back after!
Take away gleaming eyes, take your hollow laughter!
Go back to grassy mound, on your stony pillow
lay down your bony head, like Old Man Willow,
like young Goldberry, and Badger-folk in burrow!
Go back to buried gold and forgotten sorrow!”

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil - J.R.R. Tolkien

anonymous asked:

ok so i really want to get into tolkien and lord of the rings and everything but honestly i have no idea where to start. books? movies? where do i learn all the stuff? you seem to know so much about tolkien and middle earth 'mythology'.. how did you get there? where did you find all your information? i really want to learn all about tolkien but i guess i just need a 'guide'...

Oh, lord. Where to begin?

Tolkien’s world is super complex and The Lord of the Rings + The Hobbit is just a fraction of Middle Earth’s history and its mythology. 
And Tolkien is not just Middle Earth! He has written stories that don’t take place in Middle Earth. 

I really have no idea where to start, but I guess since you’re like completely new to this whole world, I suggest you start off by watching the movies. Just to get an idea of what you’re about to get into.

And to avoid too much confusion, you should watch them in chronological order.


  1. The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey
  2. The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug
  3. The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies
  4. The Lord of the Rings - Fellowship of the Ring
  5. The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers
  6. The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King

Keep in mind, they were not filmed in that order! Lord of the Rings was filmed ten years before The Hobbit. But I think it just makes sense to watch them in that order so understand the storyline better.

There’s an extended edition of every movie (except for The Battle of the Five Armies, which will be released later this year) and most people will tell you that the movies are a lot more fun and interesting if you watch the extended editions. But they’re super long! Like, really freaking long. I mean if you’re up for 12 hours of move material and 40+ hours of Behind-The-Scenes material, go ahead! But I started off by just watching the theatrical versions. 


Okay, you know that the movies are based on books, that’s good! And I think once you’ve watched the movies, you should also read the books. But don’t be surprised: Sometimes movie and book are two completely different things, especially The Hobbit. Like, you will literally find yourself thinking “what the hell, this is really the same story????!!!” So, yeah. Just a warning.

You can find pretty much all of Tolkien’s works online.

What? The Hobbit is just one book? Yeah, that’s correct. Again, two completely different things!

Okay, so you’re covered for The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, which are obviously Tolkien’s most famous stories with the widest fanbase.

But, there’s a lot more to read about Middle Earth! Ready for a shit ton of Middle Earth history? Here we go!

The Silmarillion

A collection of stories about The First Age (Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit take place during The Third Age), published and partly written by Tolkien’s son Christopher. 
It really is a must-read for Tolkien fans! It really describes the universe in which the stories take place and at times it can be a bit confusing because there’re so many characters and races and places and wars. 

Read The Silmarillion here

And the fandom has even provided us with a hella cool reader’s guide, which is a cool thing to keep up with the story and all the long-haired and beautiful elves.

Read/Download The Reader’s Guide here

So, that’s The Silmarillion. If you’re wondering if there’s gonna be a Silmarillion movie, the answer to that right now is no. But you never know.

Unfinished Tales

Again, written by Christopher Tolkien. As the title suggests, this is a collection of ‘expanded’ stories from The Silmarillion, The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings. It’s mostly longer versions of certain chapters or stories. Definitely not as hard to read as The Silmarillion, since you already know all the characters and storylines!

Read Unfinished Tales here

Okay, once you’ve come this far, it’s time to step up the nerd level a little bit. 

The History of Middle-Earth

Okay. Okay, now take a deep breath, because shit’s about to get real. Because The History of Middle-Earth is a 13-volume series of books!
Basically it collects and analyses every piece of material that is related to Middle-Earth.
There’s stuff like early versions of already published works but also completely new material!

These books are so freaking detailed, because Christopher Tolkien literally analysed every single footnote and every small bit of information that his father had written down. This is all the mythology, you guys!

I cannot give you a summary or overview of every single book, because by now they have kind of converted themselves into this massive box that is titled “Middle Earth nerd trash stuff” in my brain. I’m sorry!

But anyway, here’s the list:

Congratulations! That’s about it for the mythology. But we’re far from done here. There’s more!

But so far, all of the books I have listed should be read in that order! Just to make things easier for you. 
Anyway, there’re a few more books, but it doesn’t really matter when you read them, because some of them are stories on their own, some are only loosely connected to The Lord of The Rings or The Hobbit and some of them are just collections of poems, not really story-related at all.

So, here we go!

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Basically just a collection of poetry. Beautiful poetry! These poems are loosely connected to the events of The Lord of the Rings, but don’t contribute anything to the story.

Download The Adventures of Tom Bombadil here

The Letters of J.R.R Tolkien

So freaking interesting! A collection of letters written by the professor to his wife Edith, his friend C.S Lewis, his son and many other. Most of them discussing his stories.

Read The Letters of J.R.R Tolkien here

Bilbo’s Last Song

A poem sung by Bilbo at the Grey Havens as he is about to leave Middle-Earth forever. So chronologically it takes place at the and of The Return of the King, but it was never included in the book.

Couldn’t find a link anywhere!

The Children of Húrin

A more detailed version one of the Three Great Tales in The Silmarillion. 

Read The Children of Húrin here

That’s about it. It took me about five years to read and understand all of this. So, good luck my friend!


There’re so many websites dedicated to Tolkien and his characters and languages! If you ever feel like looking up some random stuff or learning more about certain things, here’s a good list of interesting websites!

That’s all I can think of right now. Might add more later!


There are a few documentaries about Tolkien on YouTube. I haven’t watched all of them but you might find them helpful!

Okay, I’m spent! That’s literally all of the information and resources I could dig up. Should last you for a bit, I think! 

If you ever have any questions about Tolkien, feel free to ask me! Because I do think that I know quite a bit, even though I’m still far from being an expert! So far from it! 


“Not all who wander are lost,” but if you happen to get lost in the 10,000-year span of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Ring Epic, The Tolkien Companion is here to guide you through Middle Earth’s intricate history. Author J. E. A. Tyler compiles every fact, name, word, and date from Tolkien’s The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, and The Road Goes Ever On into an alphabetical reference volume complete with maps, charts, genealogical tables, and more from illustrator Kevin Reilly. This work contains all the known history and writing systems of the Elven peoples, the origins and fall of Morgoth the enemy, the rise of Sauron the Great, Lord of the Rings, and the survival of Hobbits, Elves, Men, and other Free Peoples of Middle Earth.

Tyler, J. E. A., & Tolkien, J. R. R. (1977). The Tolkien companion. New York: Avon.

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So, late last night scandalousnurse suggested we compare books and immathrowabrickatyou was curious what’s on my shelves too.  

So, I spent like two hours just now cataloging every book currently in my possession (not including stuff on my Kindle, or things that are in storage for safekeeping, i.e., sets of Dickens and Shakespeare published in the 1800s). 

So, here’s a list of all the books I currently own, organized by category and then alphabetized by author, because I work in a bookstore and that’s how we do things. 

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Out came Badger-brock with his snowy forehead
and his dark blinking eyes. In the hill he quarried
with is wife and many sons. By the coat they caught
pulled him inside their earth, down their tunnels
brought him.

Inside their secret house, there they sat a-mumbling:
‘Ho, Tom Bombadil! Where have you come tumbling,
bursting in the front-door? Badger-folk have caught you.
You’ll never find it out, the way that we have brought

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil - J.R.R. Tolkien

anonymous asked:

hey! i've been looking to get into lotr, but i just wanted to know a few things before diving in! Do you find it a hard or slow read? What are all the books I should read to get the full experience? And at what age did you read them?

Hey! :) I’m so glad you want to start reading Tolkien’s books. It’s an excellent decision. (I mean, there’ll be a lot tears, frustration, tears, taking pages and pages of notes at first because of the complexity of his lore and family trees, and tears. But still, a wonderful decision.)

I’ve read The Lord of the Rings when I was eleven, and the rest of the books followed. This is the order in which I’ve read Tolkien’s books: The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The Unfinished Tales, The History of Middle-Earth, The Children of Húrin, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. I’m not saying this is the “correct” order or anything (there’s no such thing) but it worked out well for me. Don’t ask for a “chronological order” or anything, because in many of these books, the Ages and timelines overlap so there’s no way to establish a 100% accurate chronological order.

A lot of people find Tolkien’s language quite difficult to read at first. But I’ve always found that the real challenge was keeping all the names straight and remembering all the complex lore he wrote. Is his language more formal and old-fashioned than most books we read today? Yes. But honestly, his stories are so captivating that I quickly got over the initial frustration about the language. It’s purely up to the reader. I know a few people who got turned off by the language and stopped reading Tolkien, but most readers agree with me about this.

What are all the books you should read to get the full experience? I would say all of them, but The Adventures of Tom Bombadil especially is kind of debatable.

Now I’m going to give you an extensive review for each book. You can’t tell by my blog since I mostly post gifs here, but in real life, when someone asks me a Tolkien question, I can’t stop talking for hours. I physically can’t stop. You asked for this.

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