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Hop along, my little friends, up the Withywindle!

Hop along, my little friends, up the Withywindle! is one of the songs sung by Tom Bombadil. He sang it when Frodo Baggins, Sam Gamgee, Merry Brandybuck and Pippin Took were following him to his house. He and Goldberry finished it when the hobbits got to his house.[1]

[edit] The poem

Hop along, my little friends, up the Withywindle!
Tom's going on ahead candles far to kindle.
Down west sinks the Sun: soon you will be groping.
When the night-shadows fall, then the door will open,
Out of the window-panes light will twinkle yellow.
Fear no alder black! Heed no hoary willow!
Fear neither root nor bough! Tom goes on before you.
Hey now! merry dol! We'll be waiting for you!


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!


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!

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Old Forest"