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Who or what is Tom Bombadil Is he a fairy leprechaun sprite or some other of theLittle Peoplemany of us have heard stories of when we were children Could Tom Bombadil possibly be an embodiment of various gods from different myths Can the simple remark by Goldberry He isTolkien Lord 135 tell the reader that Tom is not an entity to be analyzed but rather just a character to enjoy for simply who he is In this essay I will attempt to find who or what Tom Bombadil is by analyzing four possible beings he may be Before Tom can be properly analyzed we must first define who Tom is and his significance to JRR Tolkien Within the Tolkien household Tom Bombadil was originally a Dutch doll belonging to one of Tolkiens children Carpenter 162 Tolkien later wrote a poem about him called The Adventures of Tom Bombadil published in Oxford Magazine in 1934 long before the writing of the Lord of the Rings began Hargrove In reading The Adventures of Tom Bombadil the reader doesnt get much insight into Tom is rather the reader gets to see an inkling of Toms ability to interact with nature The two beings that will be looked at for the possibilities in finding who or what Tom are will be Iluvatar and a Valar Iluvatar also known as Eru is the Creator of Middle-Earth Tyler 162 The Valar the guardians of the worldwere the beings that helped shape Middle-Earth with their musicTyler 502-505 The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Rings by JRR Tolkien is the first place that Tom can be identified as more than a character in a poem When Frodo and his companions are brought to the house of Tom they are introduced to Goldberry Frodo asks her Fair Lady tell me if my asking does not seem foolish who is Tom BombadilTolkien The Lord 135 Goldberrys reply of He isTolkien The
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