It’s a short little bit today, so we’ll blow through this and end Chapter 7!
What happens? Tom tells the hobbits to pass by any Barrows, if they come across them, on the west side. Then he teaches them a song to sing should they find themselves in trouble. Then they go to bed. That’s it. When it’s the end of a chapter, the page usually isn’t very long.
Why does Tom teach the hobbits this song? It doesn’t seem to have a point now, but I know that it becomes relevant later. However, you can’t debate that there’s a song on this page, and that means…
Tolkien Songs In Real Life:
This is what Tom teaches:
“Ho! Tom Bombadil, Tom Bombadillo!
By water, wood and hill, by the reed and willow,
By fire, sun and moon, harken now and hear us!
Come, Tom Bombadil, for our need is near us!”
It’s shaken like a Polaroid picture, and I present:
(Hey Ya – Obadiah Parker)
Why base this song off the indie cover of a hip-hop hit? Tom is somewhat of a rapper, as I’ve put forth, and oddly different from every other character in Middle-earth. In my interpretation here, Tom raps because he’s the only character that is able to. The hobbits can’t. So, Tom takes his typical form of music and adapts it to be sung by the hobbits’ voices.
Too crazy of an interpretation? I don’t know. This whole project is just for fun. The songs? Extra fun. And I’ll tell you, this one was probably the most fun to do so far!
End of Chapter 7! Can you believe we’re that far?
“When they had sung this altogether after him, he clapped them each on the shoulder with a laugh, and taking candles led them back to their bedroom.”