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One cover of The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil is a collection of poetry by J.R.R. Tolkien, published in 1962 (ISBN 0044407262). The book contains 16 poems, only two of which deal with Tom Bombadil, a character most famous for his encounter with Frodo Baggins in The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in Tolkien's best-selling The Lord of the Rings. The rest of the poems are an assortment of bestiary verse and fairy tale rhyme.

The book was illustrated originally by Pauline Baynes and later by Roger Garland.


2014 EditionEdit

The 2014 release can be seen as a kind of special edition as it not only includes the main published poems and artwork, but also a new Introduction, 'commentary' section that discusses the history of each poem, and secondary early versions of the poems. It also includes an appendix with an unreleased fragment of prose story about Tom Bombadil, and two additional poems: Once Upon A Time and An Evening in Tavrobel.


The book, like the first edition of The Fellowship of the Ring, is presented as if it is an actual translation from the Red Book of Westmarch, and contains some background information on the world of Middle-earth which is not found elsewhere. Examples are the name of the tower at Dol Amroth and the names of the Seven Rivers of Gondor. There is uncertainty about its canonical status, since the information presented about Middle-earth in the poems is simply considered folklore among the Hobbits.

Tom Bombadil can best be seen as a small, poetic venture into Tolkien's imagination.

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die Avonture van Tom Bombadil
Albanian Aventurat e Tom Bombadil
Arabic مغامرات توم بومباديل
Armenian Թոմ Բոմբադիլ արկածները
Azerbaijani Tom Bombadilin macəraları
Basque Tom Bombadil abenturak
Belarusian Cyrillic Прыгоды Тома Бамбадзіла
Bengali টম বোম্বাদিল এর এডভেন্ঞার ট্যুরিজম
Bosnian Pustolovine Toma Bombadila
Bulgarian Cyrillic Приключенията на Том Бомбадил
Catalan Les aventures de Tom Bombadil
Chinese 湯姆·龐巴迪歷險記
Corsican L'avventura di Tom Bombadil
Croatian Avanture Tom Bombadila
Czech Příhody Toma Bombadila
Danish Eventyr af Tom Bombadil
Dutch De avonturen van Tom Bombadil
Esperanto La Aventuroj de Tom Bombadil
Estonian Tom Bombadil seiklused
Filipino Ang mga pakikipagsapalaran ni Tom Bombadil
Finnish Tom Bombadilin seikkailut
French Les Aventures de Tom Bombadil
Frisian De Aventoeren fan Tom Bombadil
Galician As aventuras de Tom Bombadil
Georgian ტომ ბომბადილის თავგადასავლები
German Die Abenteuer des Tom Bombadil
Greek Οι περιπέτειες του Τομ Βομβαδιλ
Gujarati ટોમ બોમ્બદિલ ઓફ એડવેન્ચર્સ
Haitian Creole A Avantur de Tom Bombadil
Hausa Da Kasadar Tom Bombadil
Hebrew הרפתקאות תום בומבדיל
Hindi को टॉम बमडेल के एडवेंचर्स
Hungarian Bombadil Toma kalandjai
Icelandic Ævintýri Tom Bombadil
Indonesian Petualangan Tom Bombadil
Italian Le avventure di Tom Bombadil
Japanese トム・ボンバディルの冒険
Kannada ಟಾಮ್ ಬೊಮ್ಬದಿಲ ಅಡ್ವೆಂಚರ್ಸ್
Korean 톰 폭탄 박람회의 모험
Laotian ເລື່ອງຮາວທີ່ແປງຂອງ ຖໂມ ບໂມບະດິລ
Latvian Tom Bombadil piedzīvojumi
Lithuanian Tom Bombadil nuotykiai
Luxembourgish D'Abenteuer vum Tom Bombadil
Macedonian Cyrillic Авантурите на Том Бомбадил
Malaysian Pengembaraan Tom Bombadil
Maltese L-avventuri ta 'Tom Bombadil
Marathi टॉम बोंबाडिलचा एडवेंचर्स
Mongolian Cyrillic Том Бомбадилын адал явдал
Nepalese एडवेंचर्स टॉम बोम्बदिल
Norwegian Eventyrene til Tom Bombadil
Persian ماجراهای تام بمبادیل
Polish Przygody Toma Bombadila
Portuguese As Aventuras de Tom Bombadil
Romanian Aventurile lui Tom Bombadil
Russian Приключения Тома Бомбадила
Samoan O Mea tutupu a Tom Bombadil
Scottish Gaelic Na Tachartasan aig Tom Bombadil
Serbian Авантуре Том Бомбадила (Cyrillic) Avanture Tom Bombadila (Latin)
Sesotho Liketsahalo tsa Tom Bombadil
Sindhi ٹام بمعدل جو مہم جوئی ?
Sinhalese ටොම් බොඹදිල් ඇඩ්වෙන්චර්ස්
Slovenian Pustolovščine Tom Bombadil
Slovak Dobrodružstvo Tom Bombadil
Somalian Hawlaha ee Tom Bombadil
Spanish Las aventuras de Tom Bombadil
Swedish Tom Bombadills äventyr
Tamil டாம் பொம்பாடுல் அட்வென்ச்சர்ஸ்
Telugu ది అడ్వెంచర్స్ ఆఫ్ టామ్ బొమ్బదిల
Thai การผจญภัยของทอมบอมบาดิล
Turkish Tom Bombadil'in Maceraları
Ukrainian Cyrillic Пригоди Тома Бомбадила
Uzbek Том Бомбадилнинг саргузаштлари (Cyrillic) Tom Bombadilning sarguzashtlari (Latin)
Vietnamese Cuộc phiêu lưu của Tom Bombadil
Welsh Anturiaethau o Tom Bombadil
Xhosa Kwiintlanga zeTom Bombadil
Yiddish די אַדווענטורעס פון טאָם באָמבאַדיל
Yoruba Awọn Iṣẹlẹ ti Tom Bombadil
J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium

Works published during his lifetime
The Hobbit | The Lord of the Rings | The Adventures of Tom Bombadil | The Road Goes Ever On

Posthumous publications
The Silmarillion | Unfinished Tales | The History of Middle-earth (12 volumes) | Bilbo's Last Song | The Children of Húrin | Beren and Lúthien | The Fall of Gondolin

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