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He was there to form his songs
When the earth to none belonged
The singer saw no paths were laid
No footfalls yet in fen or glade
No hunter, plowman, prince or serf
Settled on this virgin earth
The sun was young, horizons free,
No mast or sail yet dot the sea
Not even high-born Elvin kind
Found this place in form or mind

His song began; he stood alone…
To fruit the earth—seed, nut and cone

Long he sang and forests grew
Frond and petal graced with dew
Mountains smoothed from gentle rains
Quenching thirst and growing grain
Vast in numbers, both bird and beast
Came to revel in his feast

Man-kind also settled there
Lordly men and damsels fair
Kings and kingdoms put each to test
Hobbled East—entombed the West

Shadows came from o’er the sea
From which all that's wholesome flees
This bestirred those long-dead Kings
And made them covet living things
Our Singer’s friends by chance drew near
They lay entranced and choked with fear

To succor friends at their great need
The Eldest came, who all must heed
He woke them from an endless sleep
Those ensnared in crypts so deep

‘Away, be gone, you ancient Wights
Flee to realms of endless night’

Healing spirits, he bade friends well
And they to you this story tell
Some may remember this under a different title 'The Eldest Sings' from 2010.
It has undergone heavy editing freeing it from excessive verbiage and obscure language and markedly smoothing the narrative flow.

Please note that this is NOT fan fiction as it does not create new events from Tolkien's character, it is a poetic interpretation of texts from 'The Lord of the Rings' as written; one of which follows.

"Old Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow, Bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow. None has ever caught him yet, for Tom, he is the Master: His songs are stronger songs, and his feet are faster." - Tolkien

I hope you can find enjoyment in it.
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Bombadil by rlkirkland has an unforced rhyme that naturally flows with the rhythm. ( Suggested by alapip and Featured by GrimFace242 )
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cristinewakesuphappy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
 :iconcongratsdd1plz::iconcongratsdd2plz::iconcongratsdd3plz:
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:heart::heart: Thank you!
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Edges-to-Everything Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Now that I've finally read this work, I did indeed find enjoyment in it. :) I'm also moved to revisit the works of Tolkien. Congratulations on the Daily Deviation, kind sir! :nod:
- Michael
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Tolkien is always worth a re-visit.
Thank you for commenting and favoring Michael! :)
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Edited Aug 14, 2014   Writer
A little late, but congrats for the DD. I love Bombadil and though I haven't even read this piece yet, I know you'll do him wonderful justice. I'll find enjoyment without a doubt and probably edit this comment when I'm through. Thank you. :+fav: I'm not disappointed!
You did a wonderful thing, with the imagery, the rhythm and the story here. Thanks again.
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:) Never too late.
I'm glad it didn't disappoint. :heart:
Thanks for :+fav:ing
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014   Writer
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deinktvis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Writer
wow! a piece TRULY worthy of a DD. thanks for writing it and gratz on the DD!
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thankee' :)
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artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice:)  Congrats on the DD!  Well deserved!
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :)
Love it when folk take time to comment. :sun:
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artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me too.  It's to be validated.  And you deserve it:)
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Hiland-Rose Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love this interpretation! Tolkien is one of my favorite writers for his lyrical style, you capture it well... it made me smile...:)  Thank you.
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Knowing I created a smile is a great gift. :sun:
Thank you for taking the time to tell me about it. :)
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Epicsakura101 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ho Tom Bombadi, Tom Bombadillo! ;) gotta love Tolkien, I certainly do at least :) 
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You are among many of all ages!
Thank you for taking the time to comment. :)
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meiyue Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Congratulations on the DD! :love: 

Have a nice day :iconlainloveplz:
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
And my your days be full of joy and discovery. :sun:
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meiyue Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Welcome :love:

Thank you!
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   Writer
Magical stuff, Ron! Congrats on the feature!
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you Shane. :)
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Tenshi-no-Kanashimi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
I am greatly pleased by this~ Tom Bombadil was one of my most favorite Tolkien characters and I was very disappointed that he wasn't included in any of the LotR films. :( So any time I find fanart of him or something like this lovely poem, it makes my heart glad! ♥
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, it would have been great to see him in film... sigh!
That I can make a heart glad is a wonderful reward for my efforts. :sun:
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MuttMix Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I certainly do find enjoyment in it.
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A comment that makes my day. :sun:
Thanks for taking time to comment. :)
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beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   Writer
Hey, it's great to find you on the front page!! Congrats on your well-deserved DD. :heart:
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks it means a lot still. :rose:
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beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014   Writer
I would think so! :hug:
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leyghan Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on the much deserved DD dear sir. :iconcongratsddplz:
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!.
Always a pleasure to see your Icon pop up. :hug:
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Reading makes me want to buy the whole trilogy.
Excellent!
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
'The Hobbit' and the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy is a must have addition to any library.
It will excite your imagination for years to come.
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Yeah, nearly dropped The Silmarilion, but am seriously thinking of picking up the others!
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Silmarilion is a tough read as it is not linear and has much history that is more backstory than narrative.
The others on the other had are wonderfully readable; the Hobbit first and the Trilogy next.
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
True, sadly true.
Really? Good to know!
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WildRubyDemonPuppy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
This simply blows me away. It would almost appear as Tolkien himself would write this as a continuation to the Song of Tom Bombadil. Great work! :)
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
High praise, thank you! :heart:
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :)
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, much appreciated. :)
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :aww:
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Love having you drop by to tell me! :heart:
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :sun:
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LateForTheShow Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
This has got to be the first poetry I've actually read on this site. GOod job!
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well, that's quite an honor.
Thanks! :heart:
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LordAdrian1 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Favorite character.
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A great one; leaves you wanting more. :love:
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LordAdrian1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Definitely..
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
nice poetic flow
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