The Adventures of Tom Bombadil


By J.R.R. Tolkien, with illustrations by Pauline Baynes, edited by Christian Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, first published in 1962.

Written in verse, this beautiful little book has many stories from The Red Book. It focuses on the character ‘Tom Bombadil’ from the Lord of the Rings, who is particularly mysterious. He is perhaps the oldest being in Arda, and has complete power over his chosen domain, where he lives with his wife Goldberry.

Most (I have not read the whole book) of the poems are rather nonsensical as Tom is known to be. It is a fun, light read that helps shed some light on some of Tom’s history and activities.


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