Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Tom Bombadil and the Four Travellers

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Dreamflower
2006 Award Category: Times: The Great Years: Poetry

Story Type: Poetry : Length: Poem
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A well-known encounter, cast into verse.


Reviewed by: Branwyn -- Score: 5

Dreamflower seamlessly interweaves quotes from Tom's verses and dialogue in "The Fellowship" with her own poetry written in his idiosyncratic style. (She does differentiate the quotes from Tolkien by setting them in italics.) Tom's meeting with Farmer Maggot is a nice touch (if memory serves, Tolkien insinuates in the book that these two are acquainted), and I like how Old Man Willow resentfully refers to the hobbits as [the legged ones]. The scholarly "notes" are very well done, right down to the citation of a fictitious reference. This is a charming piece about a character who is rarely seen in fanfic.

Reviewed by: pippinfan88 -- Score: 5

I was flabbergasted when I first read this most exellent poetry. At first read, I would have sworn that the good Professor himself woke up from his long sleep, wrote this poem for Dreamflower, and then went back to his rest. To me, this whole rendition of Tom Bombadil and his adventure with the hobbits totally blended with Tolkien's own works. Whether I have an eye for this sort of thing or not, it all sounded like Tolkien to me! I'm not the biggest fan of Bombadil, but this poem drew me in hook, line, and sinker. Dreamflower has an obvious talent for poetry and makes it look so easy, but I know it's not, lol. Very well done, my friend!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 3

This certainly has the feel of Bombadil about it. I cannot say it's enjoyable (I was never that big a fan of Tom and his poetry) but that's not to say it's not worth the read to see what Dreamflower does to recast the original encounter in Tom-like verse.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

A delightfully rollicking ballad, written very much in the style of Tolkien's own Bombadil songs. I don't know how the writer came up with it, but I'll happily have a go at whatever she's been drinking, or reading, for inspiration.

Reviewed by: elliska -- Score: 3

From one of those (apparently rare) people who enjoyed Tom Bombadil and never skip his songs--I love this! I am so impressed by it. It looks like it would fit in the book perfectly. That rhythm must have been really hard to do, but you did a great job! Awesome!