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Bombadil Goes Boating

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'''Bombadil Goes Boating''' is a poem written by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] and was published in [[The Adventures of Tom Bombadil]]. It was closely related to [[The Lord of the Rings]] as Tom shows that he knows much of the recent events in [[the Shire]] thanks to a figure from [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]]'s childhood:
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'''Bombadil Goes Boating''' is a poem written by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] and was published in ''[[The Adventures of Tom Bombadil]]''. It was closely related to ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' as Tom shows that he knows much of the recent events in [[the Shire]] thanks to a figure from [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]]'s childhood:
 
{{quote|He made no secret that he owed his recent knowledge largely to [[Farmer Maggot]], whom he seemed to regard as a person of more importance than they had imagined|Bombadil Goes Boating, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil}}
 
{{quote|He made no secret that he owed his recent knowledge largely to [[Farmer Maggot]], whom he seemed to regard as a person of more importance than they had imagined|Bombadil Goes Boating, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil}}
  

Revision as of 10:59, 15 October 2010

Bombadil Goes Boating is a poem written by J.R.R. Tolkien and was published in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. It was closely related to The Lord of the Rings as Tom shows that he knows much of the recent events in the Shire thanks to a figure from Frodo's childhood:

"He made no secret that he owed his recent knowledge largely to Farmer Maggot, whom he seemed to regard as a person of more importance than they had imagined"
― Bombadil Goes Boating, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Tom even travels down the Withywindle to visit the Farmer and his family, singing and dancing late into the night. There was also a mock-scholarly introduction, in which Tolkien notes that not only did the Buckland hobbits compose poetry about Tom Bombadil, "they probably gave him this name (it is Bucklandish in form) to add to his many older ones." But, he writes, "they had as little understanding of his powers as the Shire-folk had of Gandalf's: both were regarded as benevolent persons, mysterious maybe and unpredictable but nonetheless comic."