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Old 02-26-2016, 02:04 PM   #1
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Concerning Mewlips

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil was certainly an odd read for me, and one which proved very hit and miss. But I can say with confidence that my absolute favourite poem was The Mewlips. A creepy little Hobbit rhyme about these bizarre creatures who prey on unwary travelers.

But what are the Mewlips? Did Tolkien mean them to be a separate species - as with the Elves and Orcs? Are are they Hobbit interpretations of outsiders whom they couldn't name?
What do you think?
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Old 02-26-2016, 04:31 PM   #2
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I assume they're based on the creatures that dwelt in Mirkwood after the Shadow fell on it. The same creatures, i.e. orcs and spiders that the Hobbit fled westward from, a collective folk memory in a song.
The utter depth of Tolkien

Btw, I love this creepy version of it put to music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOQo57KBtSM
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Old 02-26-2016, 08:20 PM   #3
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At some points in the poem the verses could reflect some part of Frodo and Sam's experience in the Dead Marshes on the approach to Mordor.

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And slow and softly rings their bell,
As in the slime you sink.
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By a dark pool's borders without wind or tide,
Moonless and sunless, the Mewlips hide.
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With single sickly candle lit...
If the 'source' of that poem was Sam, maybe the Marshes inspired him, at least.
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