Presenting the Winner of the Strangest Character Silmaril Award!

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Mae govannen!

Today I’m pleased to have, filling in for me, one of the most eccentric but amiable persons in all of Middle-earth, well known for his yellow-boot-wearing tendencies and his joy in all things, prone to singing and talking in rhyme and often referring to himself in the third person.

A Note: Those unhappy individuals in the audience who have only seen the film adaptions of The Lord of the Rings without having ventured through the delightful pages of Tolkien’s actual books, will not have met this character as yet . . . Perhaps this merry meeting will show such people what they are missing!

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Hey! Come derry dol! merry dol! My darlings!
Tom’s here to sing today, like the feathered starlings,
To give an award away, that is what they’re tasking
(The SilmAward leaders all) — but who am I, you’re asking?

I’m Tom Bombadil! Quite a merry fellow!
Bright blue my jacket is and my boots are yellow!
Down by the Forest Old, with Goldberry a-living.
The Strangest Character Award is what I will be giving.

Who’s stranger than old Tom? That there is no knowing,
So off to find the voted one, that is where we’re going.
Come now! Hop along! Follow Bombadillo!
Down along the river clear, far from Old Man Willow!

Who’s on the river bank, fishing for his dinner?
Puddleglum of Narnia! Here we have our winner!

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(Puddleglum illustrations by Pauline Baynes, from The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis)

Long legs, pointy hat, hands and feet all froggy,
Thin face and reedy hair, from Eastern Marshes foggy.
Marsh-wiggle, winner-Strange, from near the River Shribble,
Fishing now beside the bank of the old Withywindle!

“Ho there, Puddleglum! Good fortune to have found you!
Tom has some news to give, that in fact he’s bound to!”

“Ahoy! Bombadil. What is it? Was there a fire? Dragons, of course. A flood, maybe? Has my wigwam been knocked down in a storm while I’ve been away? Or perhaps there’s a prohibition against fishing for eels in this river? Bound to be true by now, I shouldn’t wonder. Don’t break it to me gently, I’d rather have it all at once. Put a bold face on it and all that.”

“Not a thing to fret about, but reason for elation
You’ve won a fine award from a celebration!”

“A mistake, I shouldn’t wonder. It must be meant for some other fellow. While we’re on the subject, what might be the nature of this award? Mind you, I don’t believe I’ve won it . . .”

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“The Silmarillion Awards, for people who’re deserving;
The Strangest Character Award they have for you, reserving!”

“Strangest. Ah. Now isn’t that a fine distinction. Arranged by the other Marsh-wiggles, no doubt. ʻHe’s a strange one, is that Puddleglum,ʼ they would say. ʻAltogether too flighty and full of bounce and high spirits.ʼ Strangest. Of course.”

“Come now, Wiggle-man, be not melancholy!
Being given this award is reason to be jolly!”

“I dare say. And I’m not a man; but you’ve forgotten that, I’ll be bound. All that merry dol-ing has gone to your head, I shouldn’t wonder. Too much merriment. Just think what the other Marsh-wiggles would say.”

Tom is a-laughing now, laughing like a bellows.
“Old friend Puddleglum, you’re the best of fellows!
But Goldberry is coming now, her silver voice a-singing,
Helping Tom with the award, Silmaril a-bringing!”

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Goldberry (smiling): “Here is a pretty thing for in your wigwam keeping;
Take it please, good Puddleglum, or else there may be weeping,
For it was clearly stated by the fans that it is for you.
You deserve it Puddleglum; take it, we implore you!”

“There’ll certainly be weeping in any case, once they discover it wasn’t meant for me at all. But a chap can’t turn down something like that when it’s given so handsomely from such a fine lady as yourself and from an old friend, even if it is meant for some other poor chap. My thanks.”

(bowing)

puddleglum“. . . Mind you, I suppose there’ll be a discovery of the mistake, and then there’ll be dangerous journeys for myself or the other fellow, wandering about in snow and rain and thunder, trying to make sure it gets into the hands of the rightful owner. But, to look on the bright side, perhaps such a shiny thing will pay for the funeral of myself and the other chap in case our journeys don’t end favorably (and why would they?). It will be a lot of bother. End in messy deaths for all, I shouldn’t wonder. A sad business. But a Marsh-wiggle never shrinks from hardship. So I’ll accept the award, just this once. I’ll just have to make the best of it . . .”

Puddleglum takes the jewel, then goes back to fishing,
Likely still a hungry one, for his eel-stew wishing.
Goldberry is turning now, laughing bright as any spring;
Puddleglum can still be heard: “Doubt that I’ll catch anything.”

Tom’s laughing, homeward now, through the forest going
With pretty Goldberry, by the river flowing.
The singing is almost done, duty now is finished
Silmaril Awards go on, shining undiminished!

How went the voting? That is what I hear some thinking.
Here are the secrets all! Tom will give them, winking . . .
Marsh-wiggle and sockman, a wizard, girl, and fire —
Strange are the nominees! These votes they did acquire. *

Hoping it was merry though! derry-o! and merry-o!
Characters a-worthy from fantasy and Faerie-o!
Come now, hop along, quick as you are able
To see those voted best in fantasy and fable!

If ever you are wandering down by the Withywindle,
Come visit Bombadil, candle-light to kindle!
Farewell to readers and to Marsh-wiggle by water
From Tom Bombadil and the River-daughter!

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(Bombadil & Goldberry, illustration by Pauline Baynes in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil by J.R.R. Tolkien)

* Strangest Character (119 out of 123 people voted on this)

  • Puddleglum (The Silver Chair) 46 votes / 39%
  • Pete the Sockman (The Wingfeather Saga) 34 votes / 29%
  • Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle) 16 votes / 13%
  • Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series) 13 votes / 11%
  • Calcifer (Howl’s Moving Castle) 10 votes / 8%
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51 thoughts on “Presenting the Winner of the Strangest Character Silmaril Award!

  1. This was priceless. The banter between Old Tom and Puddleglum was spot on. Two such dear characters. You certainly did them justice.

    And all the rhyming! My goodness, Deborah, you have outdone yourself. This was such a delight to read.

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  4. :O
    :O
    :O
    This…this…THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS I’VE EVER READ.
    IN. MY. LIFE.
    EVER.

    I declare Tolkien and Lewis themselves climbed out of the graves to write this post! I mean, this is THEM. This is their writing and characters!!!

    Puddleglum killed me. XD
    “But, to look on the bright side, perhaps such a shiny thing will pay for the funeral of myself and the other chap in case our journeys don’t end favorably (and why would they?).” <–My favorite!!

    And even Goldberry made an appearance. AAAAHHHHHH! I JUST LOVED THIS!!!

    Congrats to you, Puddleglum! You DO deserve the award. You are strange in the very best of ways!

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    • *squirms in delight* Thanks so MUCH Lauri! ^_^ Your comment absolutely made my day. 😀 I’m glad you liked it and felt like it was “real”! High compliments. 😉 (Can you see now why I’m counting this as writing? XD)
      Hurray for Puddleglum, yes! 🙂 (He dubiously thanks you and wonders if it might rain soon…)

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  5. Oh. My. Word.

    DID YOU REALLY JUST WRITE THIS???? Because like Lauri said, it looks exactly like something Tolkien and Lewis would write. :O Like wuuuut?! HOW ARE YOU SUCH A GENIUS, GIRL?

    “A mistake, I shouldn’t wonder. It must be meant for some other fellow. While we’re on the subject, what might be the nature of this award? Mind you, I don’t believe I’ve won it . . .” XDDD I swear, this is JUST what Puddleglum would say!

    Man, reading this post makes me realllllly want to finish The Fellowship of the Ring. I haven’t come across Tom Bombadil yet, but he sounds like a barrel of fun. 😀

    LOVED this post, Deborah!!! YOU ARE A WIZARD.

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    • Why yes, I did just write this. XD THANKS SO MUCH, MARY! ^_^ I’m so glad you liked it. 🙂 And YES, you must finish The Fellowship of the Ring! 😀 The Tom Bombadil part is entirely in chapter 6-8, so it should be soon for ya. 🙂 He’s definitely fun. THANK YOU. ❤

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    • I know! 😀 Haha, I feel the exact same way. XD We had no idea that Narnia was going to win so much! But it makes sense since the LotR characters are out, that Narnia’s second. 😉 (Maybe in the future it’ll have to be off limits or something to give others a chance, who knows. :P)

      (Also I saw you won Camp NaNo! CONGRATS EMILY! 😀 You’re amazing! ^_^)

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  6. Wow, that was SO AMAZING, Deborah!! I have no words for how epic your rhymes were. They were incredible. I’m in awe. You wrote each character wonderfully! And I loved that Goldberry was included, too. You really can’t have Tom Bombadil without her.
    Congratulations to Puddleglum (though I am a little sad that Luna, Howl, and Calcifer didn’t get more votes. Maybe next year!).

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    • *squeaks and hugs your whole comment* Thanks so much, Abbey!! ^_^ I’m so delighted you liked it! Yep, Goldberry and Tom sort of go together, so. 😉
      (Yeah, maybe next year! Puddleglum’s awesome though. :D)

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  7. I agree with Lauri, this post is AMAZING! You are a genius, Deborah! You mastered Tom and Puddleglum’s characters so well, your humor had me laughing so much! Best blog post ever! ❤
    That being said, congrats Puddleglum for winning! And yes, you did win and it wasn't a mistake. 😉

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    • I don’t knowww! XD It took three days to write and a lot of “research” into the original stories and some prayer and some 2-in-the-morning inspiration because that’s oddly when my writing is the best sometimes. 😛 THANKS SO MUCH MADELINE! ❤
      *cheers with you and dances in the confetti*

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  8. Wow.

    I am just.

    No words.

    Wow.

    This was absolutely brilliant! And SO perfect! I LOVE it SO MUCH!!!!!!! You are a genius, my dear. *takes off cap and makes an elaborate, Sir Percy Blakeney-worthy bow*

    Many congratulations to dear old Puddleglum. And thanks to Tom and Goldberry for being presenters and doing such a fabulously entertaining job of it! 🙂

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    • *beaming and fuzzy feeling* Thanks ever so muchly for your day-making comment, Jenelle!!! ^_^ I’m SO glad you enjoyed it! Wow, a Percy Blakeney bow! Must be grand indeed. 😉

      Puddleglum gives a dubious thanks, and Tom and Goldberry say they were very pleased to be presenters. 🙂

      (THANK YOU! ❤ )

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    • Eheh, sorry; I can see how this would be confusing. XD If one hasn’t read The Lord of the Rings or the Narnia books… definitely. 😉 This was just a fun “fantasy Oscars” type of thing we were doing for characters from fantasy books. 🙂 But anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed the parts that weren’t indecipherable. Thank you for commenting! 🙂

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  10. *gasp* I haven’t commented on this yet?! WHAT?

    BECAUSE I LOVE THIS TO PIECES, DEBORAH. Utter perfection! You captured Bombadil AND Puddleglum so very well. I am in awe. I wanted to point out a favorite line or two…but that would be all of them. ❤ I think I laughed out loud at Puddleglum "putting a bold face on it." Only he would consider winning a Silmaril to be a burden!

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  12. Stars and storms and satellites, Deborah, this is fabulous! You have both characters down perfectly, and TOM’S SONG. It sounds like it could’ve come straight out of LOTR!
    Oh, and congratulations to Puddleglum. He quite deserved to win.

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