Tom Bombadil: overrated or underrated?

For those of you with a little Tom Bombadil in you. No bursting into song, please.
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Tom bombadil

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Tom Bombadil: overrated or underrated?

Post by Leonaerd »

I have heard so much freaking debate over the years about the singing and dancing fool that I feel a poll is appropriate.

On one hand, he is clearly a memorable character in the books. On the other hand, fakers that haven't really read the LotR books like to claim that he's the shizzit, lowering poor Tom's street cred.

I think he's a fantastic character in a fantastic book, making him seem even more fantastic. No amount of ignant jerks could ever make me lose respect for such a master of tale and song!

And anybody that says he was an uninteresting character should die thz.

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Post by Leonaerd »

Nobody reads that forum, jerk. THIS COVERS BOTH SECTIONS.


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Post by Mr Bacon »

I guarantee half the people who play LOTRO on release never read the books, at least half in fact. Considering he wasn't a big character in the movies (I believe he's only mentioned?), your claims are blasphemous.
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Post by Leonaerd »

I don't think he's mentioned in the movies.

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Post by Kaldaur »

I heard an argument once that Tom Bombadil is a Valar; specifically, Aule, who created the dwarves. It was a 20 or 30 page thesis type document based on research in Tolkien's writings. The thing is, Tolkien never came out and said exactly who Bombadil was; thus all the speculation about his true nature. He's certainly not a regular man, or Edain; those die within a century. He's not an Elf, Dwarf, Hobbit, Ent, or any other race known to Middle Earth. So what is he?
I've heard so many answers to the question, but I'm in the camp that he is one of the Valar visiting Middle Earth and keeping an eye on it.

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Post by Kwonryu DragonFist »

He could prolly solo Sauron. He's overpowered.

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Rick Deckard, the character that Harrison Ford played in Blade Runner, was actually a replicant himself. Yeah. Think about it.




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On topic: Overrated.

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Post by Tealon »

after reading the lotr trilogy for the first time he became one of my favorite characters.. anyone who can see through the rings magic is both overpowered and underrated.. maybe you can recruit tom to take down the witch-king in lotro.. :D
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Post by Hoarmurath »

The story of Tom Bombadil is smothered in secret sauce!
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote:'And even in a mythical Age there must be some enigmas, as there always are. Tom Bombadil is one (intentionally).'
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, No 144, dated 1954
http://www.glyphweb.com/ARDA/t/tombombadil.html

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