In universe, it is presented as a translation of some parts of the Red Book of Westmarch , the book where Bilbo and Frodo collected their writings. It is a collection of short poems, mainly unrelated, rather than a real coherent prose narrative, so you can find it a bit different from other Tolkien writings, but it gives some background to Middle-earth. It could be considered a florilegium of fairy tales and legends known throughout Middle-earth, especially being a part of Hobbit folklore, but there is nothing that can lead to think that it could be something like an "unofficial apocrypha".
Well, this is really up to you; you can read and enjoy books regardless of their supposed "canonicity", it really depends on what you want to read and own. Keep in mind that when talking about Tolkien, there is not such thing like an official canon with the same meaning used by modern so-called franchises like Star Wars , Star Trek , and so on, that also have many unofficial material produced by people other than the original creators.
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
Tolkien and his heirs, but for different reasons was extremely protective about his works, and everything that was written about Middle-earth comes from himself, there are no recognized "fan" writings with different level of "canonicity"; more or less whatever he wrote was part of his Legendarium ; for what concerned him and his heirs, basically every derivative work that is not explicitly authorized like the movies is non existent.
Tolkien works are better classified as texts that are not equally finished and without a homogeneous status of their definitive versions, rather than being official or canonical. You can get additional insights from this and this questions. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil is a collection of poetry written by J. Tolkien and published in [well before his death]. The rest of the poems are an assortment of bestiary verse and fairy tale rhyme.
Three of the poems appear in The Lord of the Rings as well. The book is part of Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Ask Question. Asked 1 year, 11 months ago. Active 1 year, 11 months ago. Viewed 7k times. Can I add this book to my Tolkien collection? Edlothiad Iarwain Iarwain 4 4 silver badges 9 9 bronze badges.
If you get that copy, it'll spice up your collection. I've not had the time or funds to get it, but I look forward to when I do because I love the artwork of Pauline Baynes and she did a great job on the cover. All of the stuff "written by J. Tolkien" is part of his legendarium, although there isn't really an official "canon" per se. On a second note, Hammond and Scull edited the "LotR companion" and are considered some of the top Tolkien scholars.
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil by Tolkien, First Edition
Edlothiad: I think Pauline Baynes is not quite as good a fit to Tolkien as she is to Narnia my feelings for which were, I have come to realise, in great part formed by her illustrations ; she seems not quite earthy enough for Middle Earth. Seeing as Adventures of Tom Bombadil was actually finished and published by Tolkien himself, many consider it to be higher canon than things like the Silmarillion.
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Re: The adventures of Tom Bombadil That is a lot of money for a book of poems even if they were written by Tolkien. Thank you for the information. Today is a good day for Pie. Do not meddle in the affairs of Burglars, for they are subtle and quick to shank you. Re: The adventures of Tom Bombadil.
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Another book that contains the Tom Bombadil poems as well as some other good stuff is Tales from the Perilous Realm. Join Date Jun Location Gibraltar where the apes are smarter than the people! Posts Guybrush Threepwood!
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That's the stupidest name I've ever heard! What's your name then? Originally Posted by Floin. I have heard of 'Tales of a perilous realm' but I have to ask Originally Posted by oldbadgerbrock. It is a collection of poems and short stories.
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil by J.R.R. Tolkien
A few of the poems in 'The Adventures of Tom Bombadil' are related to Middle-earth, most of them are not. None of the short stories found in Tales from the Perilous Realm are related to Middle-earth. The tales in The Silmarillion are complete, if abbreviated. Unfinished Tales are just that, incomplete variations of the legends.