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Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo!

Hey! come merry dol! in MECCG; artwork by Brian Durfee.

Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo! is one of the songs sung by Tom Bombadil in the Old Forest.[1]

[edit] The poem

Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo!
Ring a dong! hop along! fal lal the willow!
Tom Bom, jolly Tom, Tom Bombadillo!


Hey! Come merry dol! derry dol! My darling!
Light goes the weather-wind and the feathered starling.
Dawn along under Hill, shining in the sunlight,
Waiting on the doorstep for the cold starlight,
There my pretty lady is, River-woman's daughter,
Slender as the willow-wand, clearer than the water.
Old Tom Bombadil water-lilies bringing
Comes hopping home again. Can you hear him singing?
Hey! Come merry dol! derry dol! and merry-o,
Goldberry, Goldberry, merry yellow berry-o!
Poor old Willow-man, you tuck your roots away!
Tom's in a hurry now. Evening will follow day.
Tom's going home again water-lilies bringing.
Hey! Come derry dol! Can you hear me singing?

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

"Hey! come merry dol!" is a Short-event card, providing a player with easier passage through Wilderness.[2]

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Old Forest"
  2. "MECCG: Card Seach" , TradeCardsOnline.com (accessed 09 July 2013)