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If you want to find the Mewlips, you must go along the lonely road through “spider-shadows” and marshes, where you will find them, and they will feed. Commentary In his pseudo-scholarly preface, Tolkien does not specifically mention “The Mewlips,” but it must be included in those poems that come from the oral tradition of the hobbits. The poem shows some vague knowledge of the world outside of the Shire—the Merlock Mountains seem likely to be the Misty Mountains, while the marsh of Tode is probably the Dead Marshes, and the wood with the “spider-shadows” is almost certainly Mirkwood.
But Shee is dancing upside down, and she looks upward at Mee as Mee gazes down at her. Only their feet can touch, because no elven lore can tell Mee how to get to a land where the people hang upside down. ” As published in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, it is a revision of the poem “Princess Ni,” which the young professor Tolkien first published in a collection called Leeds University Verse, 1914–1924. Thematically, it is a simple variation of the Narcissus myth, as the princess becomes fascinated by her own reflection, believing it to be another person altogether—a “Shee” rather than a “Mee”— but one whom she can never meet.
It was a gloom that eventually led him to compose a new story, Smith of Wootton Major, a tale published by Allen & Unwin in 1967. In 1965, meanwhile, an unauthorized paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings was published in the United States by Ace Books. In response, Tolkien’s American publisher, Houghton Mifflin, rushed to get both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings into print in paperback versions in association with Ballantine Books. The furor over the copyright dispute made headlines and helped the paperback versions to become best sellers.