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The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
Categories: Children, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Summary

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil is a collection of poetry written by J. R. R. Tolkien and was first published in 1962. The audio is read by Sir Derek Jacobi and is a collection of 16 poems that contain an assortment of bestiary verse and fairy tale rhyme. It is a stunning recording that captures all the characters in their own charming and mysterious ways. Throughout Jacobi's performance we will encounter all of these, including the Oliphaunt, a Princess, the man in the moon and even a giant turtle-fish called Fastitocalon.

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After the forword back to the forword and then onward...

A very pleasant collection of tale in poem form. A trip through the land of hobbit and human and elf..

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Really Great!

Best ready after The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Can be difficult to grasp because it is poetry, but is very good to listen to I find.

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enjoyed storytime

loved this audio beautifully read by one
of my favourite voices, the reading
was well crafted recommend

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  • David
  • Perth, Perthshire, United Kingdom
  • 02-11-10

not so hot

not my cup of tea!!!

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  • James
  • 30-06-14

More Bombadil please!

Would you listen to The Adventures of Tom Bombadil again? Why?

I will definitely listen to this again. I am not a fan of poetry, but The Adventures of Tom Bombadil were written by a master and the reading by Jacobi is excellent.

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

Derek Jacobi's reading is brilliant. The poetry flowed smoothly and his reading was never dull and boring like it can be if someone becomes a bit monotone. He never does and I could probably listen to a thousand page book read by him and probably still be enjoying it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was as the poems are only short and it was a joy to read and listen.

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  • phillip joe fitzsimmons
  • 21-08-19

One of those books

It is poetry and so it is one of those books that actually is better to listen to then to read.

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  • Pjones
  • 25-06-19

It’s Bombadil

Make of it what you want... good stuff.

Lots of explanation of how and why Tom was the enigma of the fellowship

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  • Hollyce
  • 29-09-19

No volume control

Great collection of poems, but poor sound design. One minute I can't hear what's being said, the next it's screaming in my ears.

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  • cpk
  • 26-05-19

Miscellaneous poems by J. R. Tolkien

Collections of miscellaneous J. R. R. Tolkien verses about Middle Earth. Great performance by Derek Jacobi

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  • DarkLion
  • 26-06-19

not worth it. not a Tom history.

I thought I will know more about Tom with this book but wasn't the case. it's full of histories and with such a poetic language with words unknown by me, that didn't get anything or understood what was about.

the reader does a great job acting the verses.

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