Our final look in Chapter 6 is a comforting one, at least.
Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin hurry to Tom Bombadil’s house with their ponies. Song comes flowing out from the house. At first it’s Tom’s familiar tune, then a second voice sounds, clear and beautiful, undoubtedly Goldberry’s.
Tom Bombadil does live outside the Old Forest, in a short area between the edges of the woods and the start of the Barrow-downs. You could argue that Tom lives in perfect ignorance of all the evils in Middle-earth around him. In some ways that could be true, but I think he’s aware of everything, but decidedly doesn’t take part in the troubles of the outside world. Like Switzerland.
Most of this page is the song, so…
Tolkien Songs In Real Life:
Tom starts singing with this:
“Hey! Come derry dol! Hop along, my hearties!
Hobbits! Ponies all! We are fond of parties.
Now let the fun begin! Let us sing together!”
The next is Goldberry, singing. See the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys bit yet?
“Now let the song begin! Let us sing together
Of sun, stars, moon and mist, rain and cloudy weather,
Light on the budding leaf, dew on the feather,
Wind on the open hill, bells on the heather,
Reeds by the shady pool, lilies on the water:
Old Tom Bombadil and the River-daughter!”
In order to thoroughly confusing you with my numbering scheme, I present:
Forest State of Mind (Part II) Broken Out
(Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down – Alicia Keys)
Okay, does it make sense? Alicia Keys made her own solo version of “Empire State of Mind”. That’s where this non-rap tune comes from. So, Tom Bombadil has been doing the Jay-Z song, and Goldberry is singing the Alicia Keys version. Yes, Tom sings at the beginning of this one, but it’s not a perfect world.
I do wish, however, that I could somehow simulate that, according to the hobbits, Goldberry’s voice is beautiful. Singing like a girl isn’t one of my special skills.
With all of that, we move to Chapter 7!
“And with that song the hobbits stood upon the threshold, and a golden light was all about them.”