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Mar 11 2008, 3:40pm

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"Then it dawned on me, of course! Tom Bombadil financed them! He had this habit of periodically busting open tombs and spreading the loot out for any to gather who would, so as to break the power of Barrow-wights. Aragorn knew all about Tom Bombadil, as did, I expect, the rest of the Rangers. So whenever they fell short of cash, all they had to do was wander over to the Barrow Downs (in bright daylight, of course) and check out what might turn up this time. Since few others would dare to venture in, they pretty much had it to themselves."

Bombadil does this once - there's nothing but speculation that he does this on a regular basis to finance the Rangers. As the Heir of Isildur is fostered in Rivendel & the Rangers have close ties to Elrond, it is possible HE finances them.
Also, where they live, they may well farm their own lands.
If the Rangers were supported for 1300 years by Tom Bombadil breaking into barrows, how many barrows would be left?
Not many.
Frodo & Co. wandering into an 'active' barrow would be like finding a needle in a haystack.


Mar 11 2008, 6:17pm

Post #77 of 78 (60 views)
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Okay, so maybe it's a combination of the two. Rivendell is apparently self-sufficient and capable of supplying all of their needs, but not recognizable human coin to buy an occasional beer at the Prancing Pony. For that they must turn to other sources.

I did get the impression that this wasn't the first or the last time that Bombadil opened up a Barrow. He seemed to speak from experience when he said that scattering the treasure for all was the only way to break the spell. You are right, however, that the barrows wouldn't last if they provided the sole source of Ranger funding.

As for tilth of their own, I believe that Rangers had none. Aragorn spoke of having no home except for Rivendell. Butterbur also referred to all Rangers as wanderers.

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Tolkien Forever

Mar 11 2008, 7:33pm

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I think Butterbur's knowledge of Rangers was a bit limited. As Aragorn told somebody at the Council of Elrond, "Strider I am to one fat old man who lives within one day's march of foes who would freeze his heart." So, old Barliman here hardly knows much beyond Breeland does he?

We must not forget that Aragorn visits his mother somewhere right before she dies & the inference is It is not at Rivendel (or why would he go to visit her when he's often at Rivendel?). That's why I think there is a Ranger village. Plus, it says the Heirs of isildur are fostered at Rivendel in their youth. Where are all the other Rangers in their youth?
Where their mothers & sisters & old folks are......
In some village.

Finally, yes, I agree that Bombadil has most likely opened a few (or more) other barrows. However, even his knowing what to sing isn't proof of this as one would expect that old Tom would know the song for any occasion that would rise up - right on the spot.

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