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In the House of Tom Bombadil

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'''In the House of Tom Bombadil''' is the seventh chapter of the first book in ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]''.
 
'''In the House of Tom Bombadil''' is the seventh chapter of the first book in ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]''.
  
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==Summary==
When the [[Hobbits]] enter [[Tom Bombadil]]'s house, they are greeted by [[Goldberry]], daughter of the river, whose sweet voice they had heard. Goldberry is an elf-like woman with golden hair. Her gown is green, but infused with silver like drops of dew. She enchants the Hobbits and even [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] bursts into song when he sees her.
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When the [[Hobbits]] entered [[Tom Bombadil]]'s house, they were greeted by [[Goldberry]], "daughter of the river", whose sweet voice they had heard. Goldberry was an elf-like woman with golden hair. Her gown was green infused with silver like drops of dew. She enchanted the Hobbits and even [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] burst into song when he saw her.
  
Goldberry busies herself at the table. Frodo asks her who Tom Bombadil really is and she tells him that Tom is the master of wood, water and till (farming, food). Further, he has no desire to own anything and he has no fear. After Tom comes in and the Hobbits have had their supper, Goldberry retires for the night.
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Goldberry busied herself at the table. Frodo asked her who Tom Bombadil really was and she told him that Tom was the master of wood, water and till (farming, food). Further, he had no desire to own anything and he had no fear. After Tom came in and the Hobbits had had their supper, Goldberry retired for the night.
  
Frodo asks Tom if he heard their cry for help or if he just happened to come. Tom says that he was expecting them. When Frodo asks him about [[Old Man Willow]], he says that after dark is not the time to ask such questions.
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Frodo asked Tom if he had heard their cry for help or if he had just happened to come. Tom said that he had been expecting them. When Frodo asked him about [[Old Man Willow]], he said that after dark was not the time to ask such questions.
  
All the Hobbits except [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] have nightmares that night. Frodo dreams of the [[Nazgûl|Black Riders]] and a stranger. [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] dreams that he is back inside the willow. [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] dreams of being drowned. Soon they realize they are in the home of Tom Bombadil and all are assured.
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All the Hobbits except [[Samwise Gamgee|Samwise]] had nightmares that night. Frodo dreampt of the [[Nazgûl|Black Riders]] and a stranger. [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] dreampt that he was back inside the willow. [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] dreampt of being drowned. Soon they realized that they were in the home of Tom Bombadil and all are reassured.
  
In the morning, the Hobbits have breakfast and it begins raining. Since they can't go anywhere at this point in the rain, Tom begins to tell them stories. He tells them about the old forest and the trees that live there. He tells them about Old Man Willow, whose heart is rotten but his strength is green. Old Man Willow is full of hate. Tom tells them about the great barrows and the barrow wights, evil spirits that roam the hills. The Hobbits lose track of time and they can't decide whether it has been hours or days since Tom started talking to them. Frodo once again tries to find out who Tom Bombadil is by asking him directly. Tom Bombadil is vague and Frodo learns little.
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In the morning, the Hobbits had breakfast and it began raining. Since they could not go anywhere at this point in the rain, Tom began to tell them stories. He told them about the old forest and the trees that lived there. He told them about Old Man Willow, whose heart was rotten but his strength was green. Old Man Willow was full of hate. Tom told them about the great barrows and the barrow wights, evil spirits that roamed the hills. The Hobbits lost track of time and they could not decide whether it had been hours or days since Tom had started talking to them. Frodo once again tried to find out who Tom Bombadil was by asking him directly. Tom Bombadil was vague and Frodo learned little.
  
When Goldberry comes in they have supper and Tom begins to question the Hobbits. He asks Frodo to show him [[The One Ring|the Ring]]. When he wears it he is completely unaffected. Tom tells them that they must leave early the next morning and avoid the barrows. He teaches them a rhyme by which they may summon him for help, and then he retires for the night.
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When Goldberry came in they had supper and Tom began to question the Hobbits. He asked Frodo to show him [[The One Ring|the Ring]]. When he put it on he was completely unaffected. Tom told them that they had to leave early the next morning and avoid the barrows. He taught them a rhyme by which they could summon him for help, and then he retired for the night.
  
 
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[[Category:The Fellowship of the Ring chapters]]

Revision as of 14:11, 29 December 2017

In the House of Tom Bombadil
Chapter of The Fellowship of the Ring
Number7
Synopsis
EventFrodo and compnay stay at the house of Tom Bombadil.
LocationThe Old Forest
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In the House of Tom Bombadil is the seventh chapter of the first book in The Fellowship of the Ring.

Summary

When the Hobbits entered Tom Bombadil's house, they were greeted by Goldberry, "daughter of the river", whose sweet voice they had heard. Goldberry was an elf-like woman with golden hair. Her gown was green infused with silver like drops of dew. She enchanted the Hobbits and even Frodo burst into song when he saw her.

Goldberry busied herself at the table. Frodo asked her who Tom Bombadil really was and she told him that Tom was the master of wood, water and till (farming, food). Further, he had no desire to own anything and he had no fear. After Tom came in and the Hobbits had had their supper, Goldberry retired for the night.

Frodo asked Tom if he had heard their cry for help or if he had just happened to come. Tom said that he had been expecting them. When Frodo asked him about Old Man Willow, he said that after dark was not the time to ask such questions.

All the Hobbits except Samwise had nightmares that night. Frodo dreampt of the Black Riders and a stranger. Pippin dreampt that he was back inside the willow. Merry dreampt of being drowned. Soon they realized that they were in the home of Tom Bombadil and all are reassured.

In the morning, the Hobbits had breakfast and it began raining. Since they could not go anywhere at this point in the rain, Tom began to tell them stories. He told them about the old forest and the trees that lived there. He told them about Old Man Willow, whose heart was rotten but his strength was green. Old Man Willow was full of hate. Tom told them about the great barrows and the barrow wights, evil spirits that roamed the hills. The Hobbits lost track of time and they could not decide whether it had been hours or days since Tom had started talking to them. Frodo once again tried to find out who Tom Bombadil was by asking him directly. Tom Bombadil was vague and Frodo learned little.

When Goldberry came in they had supper and Tom began to question the Hobbits. He asked Frodo to show him the Ring. When he put it on he was completely unaffected. Tom told them that they had to leave early the next morning and avoid the barrows. He taught them a rhyme by which they could summon him for help, and then he retired for the night.