Welcome to the part of the Bramblebury Gazette where artists are given the opportunity to present themselves and their works of art. We cater for printable art only, so please don't send in any wooden or stone-hewn sculptures! Sketches of these sculptures can be printed, of course. We hereby present some poetry to you, song lyrics, paintings and short stories.

The teachings of Master Simbo Rumblebelly about how to make your own poetry can be found in the Art of Poetry - the classes

If you want to contribute to the Art's Corner, please send your submission via Quick Post.

From Bywater to Bag End, A Journey

posted May 4, 2018, 4:44 PM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Brambleblurr  

" Happy anniversary ladies and gentle-hobbits !  

Before i introduce myself, i'd like to thank amid everyone present, most esteemed Lina for her genuine hard effort, dedication and passion to have brought week by week a joy and patronage to the GDF these past 10 years, a round of applause please.  

To tell you who I am I'd have to start with my first day in Bywater...  

The sun was shining, the grass plenty green , and yes... All bringing us back to 10 years ago, personally wasn't there, surely some of you would like to go back in those times... "Go back?" i thought. "No good at all! Go sideways ? Impossible ! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!"  

Indeed, in very deed, i'm here today after many weeks of absence, my sincere apologies, not to spin dramatic, or humorous, nor insightful devotions, albeit through song and tale we partake in all of those !

You see, i'm here to remind each and one of you, in hindsight, what Green Dragon Friday means, or used to mean for us inhabitants, how this lovely social gathering helped many of us overcome fear, discouragement, and despair through steadfastness, courage and hope.

"Every year like clockwork for nigh on fiddy years now" the All-Four farthing Brewing-Moot competition has lasted, said good ole' Carlo Balgrove from the Bird and Baby inn, and many years Barmy's special breath ale has won prizes, think i got the smell of a best in show, a cheers to that !

This year i hear old Gerd wants to enter some of Rootknot's special reserve in the judging, handful of powdered gypsum takes the bitter edge off brews. But don't let him know t'was me telling !

Ah, the memories of Bywater, say how many of you chased Belco Brockhouse's old Sally ?

Honestly, always running off, eating like a horse and scared o' her own shadow.
Weren't he so fond o' her, would've made sausage out of her years ago!
Yes, can't blame you, had a chat our esteemed Thain, Paladin few days ago, like most hobbits, the Old Took had an affection for his vittles, especially spiced boar-ribs. I admit, I have a fondness for them meself.

Ah, 'nuff talk about delicacies ! Mind tends to wander easy... Ah yes back to the Hobbiton.

'Spose some of you are familiar with Longo Burrow, on the way to Hobbiton surely you must hear every morn' without exception 'Afore... my pipe-weed is known throughout the Shire, and a bit beyond...',
yes Longo we've heard it a hundred times over ! As much as i'm annoyed, can't blame one leaf of his, simply splendid !

Near crossing the bridge and Shirrff Robin Smallburrow's words not mine, 'i think it's important to strengthen the bonds of friendship.' right he is, 's why 'ere gathered here today. Handyhobbit Dudo Chubb would know best, he must've received a house of hammers by now !

I can just hear dear Holly Hornblower in her sweet voice 'I'm up to my ears in people wanting my pies. Now i'm not complaining -- it's good that' , oh bless her, good soul, and even better pies !

'Cross the bridge and up the Hill, my ears prickle from the gossip, such a contrast really, if you care to stop by ol' Gaffer Gamgee's farm you'll either end up working all day or being offered apple curd !

And of course the Bag End, truly more impressive even than the Great Smials ! Friendly inhabitants Baggins, well used to be anyways, now that crow...*ahem* i mean dear Lobelia resides there, can't blame you avoding...

All in good fun, hope i didn't wander too far from the Green Dragon, but you know what they say, “Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones.”

An old wiseman used to say "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
And i'm very privileged to have had you listen to a traveling hobbit's memories of home , all i c an say is that It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing, so I 'courage you, let's be less Sackville and more Baggins, less Proudfoot and more Took...Less sorry and more merry !

Sorry, that Took a while.

I'll just be Pippin' out now then, hehe... "

Ed.: This speech was delivered by Master Brambleblurr at the occasion of "10 years Green Dragon Friday", on May 4, 2018 (the warmup-party)

Poem - A hole in one

posted Mar 20, 2018, 11:24 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Mar 20, 2018, 11:30 AM ]

By Ponso Pondhopper  

A hole in one  

We are but plain and simple folk,  
And ‘Hobbits’ be our name;  
We have a most congenial look,  
And shun heroics and fame.  

But when our home is under threat,
And enemies approach;
Force with force will ay be met,
Before our lands you touch.

We are a calm and paisible folk,
Fond of ales and food;
Our lives are happy: oft we joke;
We’re almost never rude.

Yet push a spear into our face,
And you will raise our ire.
We will not shrink from fight or chase;
And so meet fire with fire.

We are not proud or boastful, we,
For heroics and such stuff’;
Of drink and vittles, you can see,
We always have enough.

But threaten us with force and war,
And we shall take our stand;
We’ll rally to the cause; no more
Will invaders take our lands.

And so it was in times gone by;
When by invasion met,
We looked the Goblins in the eye,
Uncowered by the threat.

Long we fought upon these fields,
With pitchfork, bow and arrow;
The Goblins armed with spears and shields
Would scare you to the marrow.

But we stood firm and never flinched,
Sure of our position;
As the orcish forces forward inched,
We stood in opposition.

Oh! Bandobras, Oh Bandobras,
To you our freedom’s owed;
For when the day was almost lost,
Your strength and courage showed. 

Fearing naught, you waded in,
And faced Golfinbul here;
You shouted o’er the battle’s din,
‘Hobbits, to my rear!’

The Hobbit ranks fell back behind,
And their positions took.
When Bandobras stomped on the ground,
The whole of the Greenfields shook.

The goblins sneered, Golfimbul mocked,
As Bandobras stood tall;
The orcish troops toward you flocked,
But you ignored them all.

Then, ‘Charge!’ you yelled and all ran forth
Toward the Goblin-horde;
At the head of the Goblins, to the north,
Golfimbul raised his sword.

But Bandobras, you showed your might;
Your club swung over your head,
Felling orc-foes, left and right,
Leaving them dying or dead.

The cowardly orc-chief tried to run;
But he would not keep his head.
A mighty swipe of your club: It was done!
Golfimbul lay there dead!

The Goblins turned tail and tried to escape,
But the Hobbit bows stopped their flight;
And Golfimbul’s head, sundered from nape,
Flew upwards and out of sight.

A hundred yards from where its owner lay dead,
Was a burrow under a hill;
And t’was there in the hole they found his head,
The first ‘hole in one’, if you will!

This poem was made for, and first read by it's author on, Bullroarer Took Day 2018

Poem - The Took Who Married a Fairy

posted Feb 19, 2018, 8:30 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Pycella Woodberry 

Roses are red, violets are blue,  
And this is a story that might not be true  
It’s about a Took who, once in his life,  
Loved a fairy and took her as his dear wife.  

When he was little, his ma told about fairies
Who baked the most wonderful pastries
And whenever the lad had his birthday
He found a tasty pie at their doorway
“That’s a gift from a fairy”, his ma explained
Even though they were pies she had baked

The lad grew older, believing his ma’s lies
And became a true lover of fairy-made pies
“When I come of age, I will marry a fairy”
“Together, we will run a magical bakery”
One day, he had a walking stick in his hands
And started to search for the fairy lass lands

Up on a hill, a hobbit lady was napping
Having a picnic, with a pie in a wrapping
But when she slept, a bear came over
It was hungry and had a bad honey hangover
It roared and the hobbit lady woke up
She screamed and climbed up to the tree top
The bear ate the pie, and left for bear business
But up in the tree, there was a lady in distress
A pie inspired by this poem
Then the lad came by, still after his fairies
And he heard the cries from behind the leaves
“Is it you, pie fairy, up in the tree?” said he.
“I’m what you will, now help me get free!” said she.
The lad climbed up and helped the lass down safely
And when they were there, he bent his knee.
And the rest is rumours and hobbit history.

Until his dying day, he thought the lass was a fairy
And no wonder, for her pies were quite lovely
Believe what you will, it might not be true
But love is a real thing, even for a Took.

This poem was first presented at the Tuckburough Historical Field Trip on February 18, 2018.

Some info about the artist: Miss Pycella is not only a gifted storyteller and poet, but she is also a baker of pies and runs a shop in Songburrow that is well worth a visit! Miss Pycella often recites poems or stories of her own hand at the Green Dragon on Fridays, where she also sometimes acts as the host of the evening.

Poem - King and Queen

posted May 7, 2017, 2:15 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated May 7, 2017, 2:16 AM ]

By Simbolo Rumblebelly  

What would the night be without the stars? 
That we may admire from afar 
And what would the day be without the sun? 
That it may shine on everyone 

And could you have a bird without a song?
That it sings sweetly all day long
And what would a river be without a fish?
Or a wishing well without a wish?

So what would a lad be without a lass?
To keep him on the rightful path
And what would a lass be without a lad?
He may be silly, but makes her glad

Be it a lad and a lass, or Queen and King
There's happiness in pairs of things...
For many things are bound together
And two as one can stay forever

Some info about the author:
Master Simbolo is the brother of another fine poet: Simbo. Talent runs in the family there!
He made this poem for the occasion of the coronation of Queen Dassa and King Potty on May 6 2017 and first performed it there.

Poem - the Silly Dragon

posted Sep 14, 2016, 4:17 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Pycella Woodberry  

The Silly Dragon  

Once there was a land far from here  
And there, many dragons dwelt  
They spat fire and ruled the skies  
Hoarded treasures and enjoyed their lives  

One dragon was a special one  
He disliked fire and having coin  
He sniffed blooms and tended plants
He liked to get dirt on his hands

The other dragons kept mocking him
They thought real dragons should be grim
"Real dragons don't care for gardening"
"They should be mean and frightening!"

The mocking made that dragon sad
One day, he took his garden hat
He walked straight down into a pond
Where he could tend weeds with love

One day, the dragons had a silly fight
About a treasure, there's no doubt
The fight turned the world into a fiery pit
And all the dragons went extinct
Except for one...

The silly dragon wondered what was going on
So it crept out from his peaceful pond
To see how the world had burnt to ashes
The air was heavy with all the sadness

But the silly dragon didn't get upset
It smiled and into the pond it went
It drank all the water it could take
And then it came up with haste
It rose up and flew quite high
And poured water down from the sky
It spread seeds on the ground so bare
And they grew into fields so fair
The dragon planted blooms and greens
Turnips, corn and apple trees
There was no place left bare nor plain
The world became alive again.

Where is that silly dragon now?
Into the pond he did go
There he blows some water bubbles
And enjoys eating tasty mussels
To him, it never mattered really
That he was born so silly.

About the Author:
Miss Pycella is a talented poet, storyteller and playwright. She often recites her work on Green Dragon Fridays. With this poem, she entered the poetry competition of the Harnkegger Games 2016 and won the silvery prize.
Miss Pycella runs a pie-shop and was elected Shire May Queen in 2016

Poem - A hill never climbed

posted May 7, 2016, 2:31 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Ponso Pondhopper  

The other day I took a stroll, 
With no particular aim in mind. 
To pass some time, my only goal; 
Perhaps to see what I could find. 

Towards the Smials I set my feet;
Followed the crag, beneath the trees.
The sun shone brightly, what a treat!
And on my face a cooling breeze.

At copses' end, I took a right,
And climbed the path with boulders strewn;
Till Tuckborough hove into sight.
I stopped to rest; 'twas nearly noon.

My seat a stone, both wide and flat;
On a branch above, a blackbird trilled,
As in a reverie I sat;
Its endless song my spirits filled.

I thought of all the times I'd been
Sat on this stone, beneath this tree.
Of all the Shire sights I had seen,
And wondered if there was more to see.

And standing up, I spied a hill;
A lonely tree upon its crown.
I had the afternoon to kill,
So from my rock I scrambled down.

I said goodbye to the warbling bird;
Strode off once more across the sward.
The blackbird's song still plainly heard;
It's daring notes that thrilled and soared.

To my left, Great Willow, feet in mire;
To my right, a clump of silver birch.
I climbed the rise, onward and higher,
Determined in my dogged search.

And topping the ridge I saw the mound;
Encircled by a ring of stone.
Around its foot, a cart track wound,
And on its top, a tree, alone.

I scrambled down and crossed the lane;
And now the hill looked tall and bare.
My attempts to climb it were in vain;
No easy footholds anywhere!

But where's there's a will', my Dad would say,
'There's also a way, it can't be denied';
Determined was I to find the way,
And thought to try the other side.

I circled the base along the cliff;
The ground rose steeply by its side.
My legs grew tired, my back was stiff,
As I searched for the path as yet untried.

And then at last I found the way;
A grassy slope that smoothed the rise.
I scrambled up there straight away,
And what a view to meet my eyes!

Beneath my feet, the Farthing Stone,
Bywater beyond and Hobbiton Bridge;
The Party Tree, bedecked, alone,
And further on, The Hill's green ridge.

Here was a sight I'd never seen,
Bindbole wood in midday haze;
The distant Box Hills, blue and green.
More glorious view ne'er met my gaze!

So here I sat an hour, enthralled,
Watching the Water far below;
As through its vale it wound and sprawled.
I really didn't want to go.

But time, it's said, will never wait
For Hobbit, man or dwarf and elf;
The sun was dipping; it was late,
I woke from my daydream, shook myself.

I took a final look around,
And with a heavy heart, descended.
I followed the path that turned and wound;
Another exploration ended.

Odd that until this day I'd never
Climbed this hill, nor seen this sight;
Worth every ounce of my endeavour.
Inspiring view, a rare delight.

I headed home with sprightly gait;
The setting sun, low, in my eyes.
I didn't mind that it was late,
Not after winning such a prize!

Poem - The Secret of the Battle of the Greenfields

posted Mar 23, 2016, 1:27 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Hollyberye, a Shire cook

The Secret of the Battle of the Greenfields   

When Golfimbul woke this very day
He was aching for a Hobbit fray
He dragged his hideous frame off
A soiled sack that was not very soft
The Gobby cook was slopping out
A soup of weeds and piggy snout
Golfy grabbed a filthy bowl
With sharp edges, time had taken its toll
After a lousy night of broken sleep
Golfy was hoping for roasted sheep
Instead he got this watery grub
It tasted foul and contained many slugs
He felt a lurch along his middle
The slugs went down, how they wiggled
“Pass the bread!” he shouted aloud
Over his head hung a dark cloud
His Gobby mates tossed him a hunk
Full of worms and gravelly chunks
Golfimbul cracked another tooth
An awful breakfast, that’s the truth!

Now over in the Hobbit camp
Bullroarer Took had slept like a champ
The night before he’d eaten well
Of apple pie with a sauce of caramel
And before that he’d had roasted chicken
With taters in a broth perfectly thickened
He washed it down with brew from clover
Not so much as to get a hangover
He’d gone to bed with great contentment
And dreamed of a victorious presentment
He was woken feeling quite well rested
Certain that he would not be bested
The smell of bacon warmed his heart
He polished it off with a savoury tart
The charming cook proffered some biscuits
Alongside the tenderest tasty brisket
But best of all he drank his tea
With a touch of honey from the bees
He rose from the table quite refreshed
Ready for battle without undue stress

As the foes approached across the Green
The Goblins looked mean though smelled unclean
But the Hobbits could hear their stomachs rumble
The Gobby’s were hungry and their insides all tumbled
The Hobbit army was quite well fed
With a full stomach, they had nothing to dread
But they paused to have a little snack
Such foresight! They’d packed honey cakes in their packs
The Gobby’s had nothing on which to gnaw
Except for an Aleford poisoned black crow claw
Golfimbul washed that down with sour turnip bile
While our Took quenched his thirst with beer for a while
All the Goblin Chief managed was a baleful glance
Our Took was quick to take aim and grab his chance
Took lobbed a spoiled turnip straight in his mouth
Then knocked off Golfy’s head with a resounding clout
The battle that day was won on good food
The starving Goblins were thoroughly stewed
The moral is that those with the best pies
Will always oust the bad Goblin guys

This was one of three poems by three different poets, made specially for Bullroarer Took Day 2016.

Poem - the Thing that even Bullroarer fears

posted Mar 22, 2016, 10:42 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood 

the Thing that even Bullroarer fears  

A taller lad yer never saw 
The stoutest Took in farthings four  
A full-size steed he rode with pride  
His club was longer than an oar  

On Greenfields hobbits rallied round  
The hero of the goblin war
He killed their king in one fell swoop
And took his place in hobbit lore

Oh Bullroarer, we bow to you
This bright and festive spring-time day
Whenever danger roams our land
Your bravery will show the way

But courage only goes so far
For even heroes have their flaws
A worry never overcome
Their daring crushed by terror's jaws

And even one so bold as him
One thing he'd always face with fear
A source of near eternal dread
His tight and tiny underwear!

At four foot five, an awkward height
No cloth did ever fit him well
With tiny steps he moved ahead
Constricted by them britches fell

So think of him this day in spring
And ponder on his famous roar
The reason for his loudest screams?
Those piddly pants he always wore...

This was one of three poems by three different poets, made specially for Bullroarer Took Day 2016.

Poem - A Game of Golf

posted Mar 22, 2016, 10:31 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Ponso Pondhopper  

A Game of Golf  

Bandobras Took was the son of the Thain   
The tallest then alive  
It was said, of course he could ride a horse  
His height being four foot five!   

Now, Isumbras’ son, when all’s said and done,
Must be the most famous of all;
He wielded a club, the goblins to drub,
Standing both stocky and tall

There’s many a book on the Family Took,
The stories, not hard to recall;
But one stands alone: of the Took who was known
As ‘Bullroarer’, the hero of all.

Now, one day long ago, as hist’ry books show,
The Shire came under attack.
From Mount Gram they came, the Greenfields to claim;
Goblins, all dressed in black!

Their leader, Golfimbul, was agile and nimble
And rather adept with an axe.
He’d amassed many hordes of goblins with swords;
On the Shire he launched his attacks.

The Hobbits were brave and tried hard to save
Their homelands from this assault.
But the goblins fought hard, pushed on yard by yard;
Their progress, no-one could halt.

The Greenfields, they crossed, and all seemed to be lost,
When a shout went up from the rear.
‘It’s Bullroarer at last, and he’s riding up fast!’
And the Hobbits replied with a cheer!

They parted their ranks, attacking the flanks
Of the goblins who’d stopped in their tracks.
The very ground shook, as Bandobras Took
Bore down on the one with the axe!

Golfimbul, t’is said, was fond of his head
And had no intention of losing it;
He turned tail and ran, deserting his clan.
A coward: let’s not be excusing it!

Through the ranks the Took rode, and the goblins he mowed
With every swipe of his stick.
Well Golfimbul broke free, trying to flee
But Bullroarer was after him, quick!

With the goblin in sight, the Took showed his might
And raised the great club in the air
He swung at his head and the goblin fell dead
And Bullroarer reined in his mare.

But the club had such heft that the goblin’s head left
His shoulders, and sailed through the air
And all stood and stared as the head, unimpaired
Disappeared into goodness-knows where!

Well that was enough: though the goblins were tough
They ran from Bandobras Took!
And the Hobbits all cheered, at the goblins they jeered;
Then off for the head went to look.

Strange to relate, Golfimbul’s pate
Had travelled a full hundred paces.
It had rolled down a furrow and into a burrow;
Well, that put a smile on their faces!

When Bullroarer saw, he gave a guffaw:
‘I think I’ve invented game,’
‘With a club strike a ball, in the hole, see it fall…’
‘And ‘Golf’ would be a grand name!’

So my dear friends, that’s how the tale ends,
And Took went back to Long Cleeve
The attack was prevented, and Golf was invented,
At least…
So I’ve been led to believe!

This was one of three poems by three different poets, made specially for Bullroarer Took Day 2016.

Poem - Ode to the Grand Order

posted Nov 17, 2015, 6:30 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Simbo Rumblebelly  

A poem written in honour of the Grand Order's Eigth Anniversary. In a time when there are many bad things going on, it's emphasis is firmly of Friendship 

Ode to the Grand Order 

We welcome you to Songburrow
We've glad that you are here
To join us in our gathering
Remembering eight years
For at such times, it does us good
To meet up with our friends
Let hope this evening's full of hugs
And hope should never end

And so, it was eight years ago
A group of friends met up
At the Golden Perch in Stock
Where ale is fondly supped
And tales were told, adventures shared
With friendships gladly made
And so it was the Order formed
With Mathoms as their trade

The made their home in Songburrow
And built a stately hall
There outside laid a welcome mat
And Mathoms lined the wall
The table ever full with food
For all the hungry guests
The hall was like a sanctuary
Where weary folk could rest

And folk did come and folk did go
Throughout the days that passed
So many memories were made
Of happiness that lasts
But best of all, the friendships formed
Should fill us all with cheer
So hug your friends as tight you can
There's hope for all our years

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