Over the river and through the woods, to Bombadil’s house we go!
Okay…not over the river, but through the woods indeed.
Tom goes skipping off, singing some more, and the hobbits lose sight of him. The way I imagine it, it all happens in a very Cheshire Cat-esque way.
The sun quickly sets, and the hobbits find themselves in the Old Forest at night. They jump at noises around them, and feel like they see faces in the wood. It doesn’t feel real. Soon enough, the forest breaks away, and they can see a house on a hill some ways ahead. The grass and trees in this area are well-trimmed, likely Tom’s doing. The lights in the house are on, and the door opens.
Tolkien Songs In Real Life:
A continuation of Tom’s song is the first thing on the page, so let’s get to that first:
“Hop along, my little friends, up the Withywindle!
Tom’s going on ahead candles for to kindle.
Down west sinks the Sun: soon you will be groping.
When the night-shadows fall, then the door will open.
Out of the window-panes light will twinkle yellow.
Fear no alder black! Heed no hoary willow!
Fear neither root nor bough! Tom goes on before you.
Hey now! merry dol! We’ll be waiting for you!”
The sequel to the Tom Bombadil rap of the century, I present:
Forest State of Mind pt.2
(Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys)
Yes, it’s the same tune, because it’s the same song, just later on. In fact, I’ve discovered that choosing “Empire State of Mind”, in terms of how it’s both Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, was a perfect decision. You’ll understand why tomorrow.
However, with this verse I feel like Tom’s gotten a bit lazy. Look at his rhymes. Withywindle-kindle – no problem there. Groping-open – a bit of a stretch. Yellow-willow – also a stretch. You-you – yep, that’s rhyming a word with itself. That’s usually a songwriting no-no. No one does that if they can help it.
Why is Tom lazy? I don’t know. Personally, I like to use the excuse that he’s just being folksy.
My biggest question on this page is if the hobbits have completely left the Old Forest or not. It’s hard to tell whether Tom’s house is outside the forest, or just in a large clearing. For some reason, I thought that I remembered him living in the Old Forest. Maybe not. Memory is a fickle thing when you’re my age. /sarcasm
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
Despite my computer’s insistence that these two aren’t real words, I really like them! “Knobbly” is in the sense of something kind of gnarled and wooden, and “gloomed” is kind of self-explanatory, coming out of the gloom. They’re very descriptive. Brownie points for you, J.R.R. Tolkien!
Tomorrow is out last page in Chapter 6, and then we’ll really get to hang out with our new friend, Tom Bombadil!
“There was Tom Bombadil’s…”