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Tom Bombadil - Evil in Waiting?


Oct 9 2012, 5:24am

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Tom Bombadil - Evil in Waiting? Can't Post


Oldest and Fatherless: The Terrible Secret of Tom Bombadil
Feb. 20th, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Inventive speculation on the mysterious "man" like being known as Tom Bombadil or Iarwain Ben-Adar. I don't agree with it but it is interesting to see how there are many possible viewpoints.


Oct 9 2012, 6:58am

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I've read the article before [In reply to] Can't Post

And have just read it again - and I still have the same view. The article is full of fluff.

They provide plot holes and continuity errors as "evidence". I don't agree with the article, but someone sure did have fun writing it!

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Oct 9 2012, 9:45am

Post #3 of 6 (581 views)
This tops the old one where Tom is ... [In reply to] Can't Post

...the Witch King of Angmar.

I like that one over this one, mostly because it gave Tom an accepted identity within Tolkien's written world. This one adds a whole new Dark Lord who is otherwise unmentioned in the legendarium, which I find a weaker form of UUT.

A fun piece, though! Thanks for posting it.

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Oct 9 2012, 9:50am

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This one's hilarious [In reply to] Can't Post

Elrond going along with Tom because he's kind enough not to reveal his secret identity! Laugh Priceless!

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Oct 9 2012, 9:27pm

Post #5 of 6 (506 views)
Well, that is certainly an appropriate article for this season... [In reply to] Can't Post

...painting Old Tom, as it does, in an almost Lovecraftian light. Tom Bombadil as a Great Old One?

'Thus spake Ioreth, wise-woman of Gondor: The hands of the king are the hands of a healer, and so shall the rightful king be known.' - Gandalf the White

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Oct 15 2012, 12:25am

Post #6 of 6 (569 views)
Rubbish if the author is serious [In reply to] Can't Post

Fun speculation if otherwise. If Tom was a bad egg we would know. Primarily he would have taken the One Ring and used it as the quest was not set then and only a fools hope would have deemed it possible to suceed if it was known at that time.

Barrow Wights.....he must be havin a laugh, they came out of the north guv, and had nuthin to do with old Tom in their origin.

Most offensive in the article is the claim that Tom is apparantley the LOTR's equivalent of Jar Jar Stinks. I've never read anyone saying they hate Tom before this load of old cobblers.


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