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Tom Bombidill

who or what is tom bombidill. from his elvesh name we know that it means eldest and fatherless. my qestion is eldest what. for we know that in two towers gandalf says treebeerd is the oldest living creature in ME so where and what dose that make Tom? one of the valar? i dought that but littel else makes sense. any advice would be much appciated sorry for the spelling



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Tom Bombadil is a mystery. Tolkien says: "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 I always kind of thought that Tom was the embodiment of Ilúvatar until I read this: "There is no embodiment of the One, of God, who indeed remains remote, outside the World, and only directly accessible to the Valar or Rulers." -The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien No 181, dated 1956 So anyway, what is Tom Bombadil? I found two essays that are interesting reading that you may want to check out: What Is Tom Bombadil? Who is Tom Bombadil? Hope this helps!



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