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StarMountainKid

Tom Bombadil Is Not Who You Think He Is

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The terrible secret of Tom Bombadil

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 travelers in distress.

Except that none of that can possibly be true.

http://km-515.livejo...l.com/1042.html

An alternate theory as to Tom Bombadil's true nature. Is an interesting read. What do you think?

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A very interesting spin on the facts on old Bombadil. Goes to show that anyone can be made into a Servant of Morgoth if you try hard enough.

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Hmmm. I think this sort of thing is possible because the stories were not written in one sitting but over time and Tolkien evolved his ideas over time. Inconsistencies were therefore inevitable as memories are fallible.

This kinda problem arises in all mythical and epic narratives. However, I will admit that it is perfectly possible Tolkien perceived this all along, which makes Bombadil not unlike the Christian Satan, having his own purposes and appearing as an angel of light when it suits.

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Well that's seven shades of sinister.

Mind you, even if he's a nice chap, there's Ungolant - ie the "thing" that noone created. Noone. Tolkien gave everything a creator other then The creator itself, and even that was left somewhat ambiguous. And thrn there's Ungolant the spider-y Thing that was so bad that Mogoth (aka Satan) screamed in terror when he met her.

Basically, Ungolant is Stephen King's It, but living in a world where songs are considered a valid form of communication between people.

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Makes sense, from a CT way of viewing things :D

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Farmer Maggot knew him as well as a few others.

This guy has not read the book well.

also after the rings collapsed only Lord Celeborn remained in Middle Earth along with his Grandsons.

This is the best theory

"Some suggest there are linguistic clues suggesting that Tom Bombadil is an avatar of the physical universe. When Frodo asks Goldberry who Bombadil is, she first replies, " He is." When Goldberry tells Frodo "He is," she is using the common tongue. Had, however, she been speaking Elvish, she would have said "Ea" Note how similar this is to the puzzle (say "friend" and enter) that Gandalf must solve to enter Moria. The answer is literally spelled out but turns on a proper translation."

http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Theories_about_Tom_Bombadilv

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