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The Adventures of Tom Bombadil Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (October 3, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039526801X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395268018
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.

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J.R.R. Tolkien (1892.1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Jamison VINE VOICE on January 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
You do not have to be a fan of Middle Earth to enjoy these. Even though JRRT keeps them in the story by giving the history of their various authorship and antiquity, some are admittedly newer having been written by Bilbo or Frodo, these poems have a charm that makes them unusually vivid to young and old alike. There is a play in the nature of language in these that does seem to make them ancient. Maybe they are. In any case, for whatever the reason, it is amazing to see over the years how these poems "stick" in the mind. Perhaps the most interesting of them is "The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late" followed by "The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon". (I note that one web site has the first poem mislabeled as the second.) What these do is remarkable though I can't put my finger on what it is. Children will remember these if you read them to them. They are positive and inspiring and positively sparkle with light and love of words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was a bit disappointed in this volume, but maybe not for a reason you would expect.

There are 16 bits of verse and a few tales, and all of them, to a greater or lesser degree, have the recognizable touch of Tolkien and his worlds. They are interesting and/or charming, and are certainly worth reading if you are a Lord of the Rings fan or a Tolkien completist.

My disappointment is perhaps a bit unfair. I got the impression from the Amazon description and other descriptions that we would, in this volume, learn more about Goldberry, Old Man Willow, barrow-wights, and especially Tom Bombadil himself. I have always thought of him as one of the greatest underdeveloped characters from Lord of the Rings, and indeed the entire body of Middle Earth work. Unfortunately, while these characters are present or figure in some of the verse, it is not in a way that provides any particular illumination about who or what they are. It's more like they are just mentioned in the book, not actually in the book.

But that gripe aside, and it's a pretty mild gripe, these are entertaining and interesting stories and well worth the effort of finding.
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Format: Hardcover
Reading this collection of Middle-Earth based poems... it nearly brought me to tears. While I agree that it is not for the casual reader, this is still a fulsome and incredibly magnificent read, for the lover of Middle-Earth. And what casual reader would go out of his way to buy this, anyway? :P
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on September 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
More stuff about that whacky Tom guy and his background, will not be of
interest to the casual reader. You get some detail on his history in
this story, and how he came to meet his woman, and why he came to live
where he did, and why he has the abilities he does.

It will all seem pretty stiff to a lot of people.
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