?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

(This is another of my speculative pieces and nothing to do with Star Wars. This one is for an older trilogy.)


Old Tom Bombadil. Possibly the least liked character in The Lord of the Rings. A childish figure so disliked by fans of the book that few object to his absence from all adaptations of the story. And yet, there is another way of looking at Bombadil, based only on what appears in the book itself, that paints a very different picture of this figure of fun.

What do we know about Tom Bombadil? He is fat and jolly and smiles all the time. He is friendly and gregarious and always ready to help travellers in distress.

Except that none of that can possibly be true.

Full text behind the cutCollapse )

Comments

( 245 comments — Leave a comment )
Page 13 of 13
<<[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] >>
(Anonymous)
Dec. 31st, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
Least liked indeed! The Shadow has taken your heart. Fly you fool, to Rivendell and see if the elves can heal the taint upon your soul.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:24 am (UTC)
I
I do not think that he was a spirit...or thet he was evil at all..I think he was the elf Imin ang that his wife Goldbarry was Imin's wife Iminye...he was the oldest of all the beings (or at least that is what he tought)...that explains why Ingwe was elected king of the Vanyars..it explains that he was there when elfs whent west..it explains the singing(as the firs elfs loved to sing even when they did not know any language...it expains his powers (dye to his longevity (just think abuot lady Galadriel and her powers and she was much yanger than Tom))it explains that he was there when the world was fearless(the first elfs lived in a fearless world becouse Melkor did not know about tham right away, and they were free to sing and wonder the woods and to search and awake the other elfs)it explains his life with Huorns and evil creatures(remember Hours are not evil by nature they are Ents who enyoed more unmovebull life, like trees and become bitter with men, elfs, dworfes and especialy orcs becouse of destroying the trees and forests) becouse he did not considerd tham evil...it explains elvish name Iarwain Ben-adar(becouse he was the first of tham and he did not have a father and dye to his long life he was the wisest) it explains that he was there before the sun and the moon (as we know that those came later) it explains why the ring could not affect him (becouse he had his realm and powers wihtin those borders and was old and had everything he wanted so the ring had nothing to offer him)and many many things more..:)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2015 09:12 am (UTC)
Interesting benign and therefore misguided
Eru Ilúvatar is a key here. For the one father of all who could simply sing and banish the barrow wights after rescuing Frodo and his compatriots, might be an incarnation of said father of all. Suggesting he is a rouge valar or a misguided fellow maia is a long bow to draw. His blue eye shining through the one ring is above such petty toys. Also, his boundary had no limit, in earlier ages of middle earth, when the forests were connected. Treebeard also mentions (the possible person) Bombadil and Treebeard is no newcomer either. Bombadil was there before the turning of the seas. One of my favorite characters. Much maligned by the uninformed.
flamingophoenix
Aug. 1st, 2015 01:30 am (UTC)
Awww, man, my previous comment got marked as Spam, even though I confirmed my human nature with the captcha. Let's see:

flyingmoose dot org slash tolksarc slash theories slash bombadil dot htm

That's an article by Flying Moose about how Bombadil is actually the Witch-King of Angmar.
(no subject) - haystack - Jul. 24th, 2016 08:44 am (UTC) - Expand
tygrislilium
Apr. 18th, 2018 12:10 am (UTC)
Your delightful meta
❤this!

Been suspicious af of that jolly fat man & his Goldberry since 1st read FotR.

I submit that the boundary was never for any Edain's sake if it falls when the last elf sails😕

Otoh, perhaps since there remain yet the Avari & the Sindarin, Ol'Tom's going to have to wait awhile til the last of those Fade.

Since the Dúnedain appear to wander all of Arnor, perhaps they've heard a rumor or had an encounter🤔

Very curious as to how Gandalf's chat with him went. Also if Gandalf ever spoke of it to Elrond or Galadriel.

Be a great fic or meta idea for someone to explore.
karen_w_newton
Jun. 25th, 2018 03:25 am (UTC)
I was forcibly reminded of Thurber's "The Macbeth Murder Mystery." Except this is even better researched. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1937/10/02/the-macbeth-murder-mystery
Cherise Kelley
Oct. 19th, 2018 02:47 am (UTC)
Just found this on a search for Tom Bombadil
What about this:

Tolkien originally intended to write more after Frodo and Sam defeat Sauron. Another volume about their fight with the Bombadil big bad. But the publisher said no.

This is just my impression, as a writer looking back at 55 on a story I read when I was 10.

Bombadil stuck with me all these years, and I missed him in the films.
jakiehandel
Jan. 17th, 2019 10:45 am (UTC)
Thanks
Thanks
Page 13 of 13
<<[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] >>
( 245 comments — Leave a comment )