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Very good theory

Fredeghar Wayfarer

Jan 10 2013, 6:53am

Views: 158
Very good theory [In reply to] Can't Post

This is one of the more convincing theories I've read. You definitely gave this a lot of thought and addressed many of the arguments for and against. I'm especially intrigued by Tom's constant singing, the reference to the gong tombo, the meaning of the root word tom being related to a gong or trumpet, and your explanation of why Tom's knowledge would fail "out East." Connecting him to the Music of the Ainur sounds very plausible.

One possible flaw in this theory is the question of why Tom's power does not seem to extend beyond the Old Forest and immediately surrounding lands like the Barrow-downs. Surely, the Spirit of the Music would have power throughout most of Arda. If he embodies the force that created the universe, why would he limit himself to such a tiny portion of that universe? Or is your argument that we don't know for sure that his power is limited to that area? Does he just choose to stay there due to his love of Goldberry?

I'm not 100% convinced but you've given me a lot to think about and another theory to add to the list.

Subject User Time
Tom Bombadil New twist on an Old Theory rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Jan 10 2013, 1:45am
    Very good theory Fredeghar Wayfarer Send a private message to Fredeghar Wayfarer Jan 10 2013, 6:53am
        Ah yes His his limitation rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Jan 10 2013, 1:45pm
            TB&G's response Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Jan 10 2013, 4:01pm
    I would generally agree. Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Jan 10 2013, 9:53pm
        Ditto! Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Jan 10 2013, 11:16pm
        Heinlein JWPlatt Jan 11 2013, 2:39am
        The Ainulindalė is complete as a Creation Myth. Plurmo Send a private message to Plurmo Jan 11 2013, 2:52am
            Thank you much rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Jan 11 2013, 5:37pm
                A very fascinating theory! Asger Send a private message to Asger Jan 11 2013, 10:37pm
    for more input, you might want to post a link to this post in the Reading Room... weaver Send a private message to weaver Jan 16 2013, 10:23pm


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