The Old Forest

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The Old Forest
Chapter of The Fellowship of the Ring
EventOld Man Willow attacks the Hobbits; Tom Bombadil saves them with his song.
Date26 September 3018
LocationThe Old Forest
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The Old Forest is the sixth chapter of the first book in The Fellowship of the Ring.


Sam, Merry, and Pippin prepared to depart with Frodo. Merry warned the others that the forest had always seemed alive with noises, movements and sounds. As they moved through, the forest seemed to close in on them. After some time they came to the River Withywindle, and Merry realized that they had been travelling in exactly the opposite direction that they had meant to go in. As they walked along the only path in sight, the Hobbits were overcome with drowsiness. Unable to go on any longer, they gave in and fell asleep.

Old Man Willow then attacked the Hobbits, trapping Pippin and attempting to trap Merry as well. An old man named Tom came along and sang a song about his wife Goldberry. With his song, Tom commanded Old Man Willow to release the captured Hobbits.

Tom then took the travellers home with him. When they reached his house, they heard the sweetest voice singing and welcoming them from inside the house.