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Aug 13, 9:41pm

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Tom and Goldberry (not to mention Old Man Willow and the Barrow-wight) already existed outside of the mythology that LOTR connected to and they were added to the story more or less because Tolkien liked them and wanted to include them. You can call Tom a Maia if you want to, and I won't argue that it probably is the best fit in the mythology as it came to exist, but I don't really think that Tolkien meant that to be the case. I think Tom and Goldberry are both earth spirits separate from the pantheon of beings that exist in the legendarium and that is both why he is immune from the power of the Ring, but also unable (or unwilling, which really is the same thing) to take any action to help destroy the Ring. It's almost like you step outside the story when you enter his domain, and then jump back in when he leaves the Hobbits at the borders of Bree. Certainly from the perspective of modern fiction-writing that is "bad writing". Perhaps that is why I love it so much!

'But very bright were the stars upon the margin of the world, when at times the clouds about the West were drawn aside.'

The Hall of Fire

(This post was edited by Voronwë_the_Faithful on Aug 13, 9:43pm)

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Post edited by Voronwë_the_Faithful (Valinor) on Aug 13, 9:43pm

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