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Old 06-27-2000, 09:55 AM   #1
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my personal opinion is that he could be one of the first edain,wandering around,finding/making a ring that connects him with nature and becomes immortal.

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Old 06-27-2000, 10:12 AM   #2
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Re: where did bombadil came from

The Edain awoke with the first rising of the Sun, but Tom claims to have been there before the Sun and Moon. He's much older than the Followers.

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Old 06-27-2000, 11:18 AM   #3
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Re: where did bombadil came from

I don“t even think that Bombadil was &quot;born of woman&quot;, so to say. He is an enigma, but he probably is the embodiment of nature itself, just like Goldberry is the daughter of the river (what _could_ make her a Maia which Bombadil accordin to JRRT is not). And nature, or Éa, for which Tom could stand, is certainly the oldest life on Arda.

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Re: where did bombadil came from

hmm maybe this is just a stupid idea... but could it be that tom was an incarnation of Eru in middle earth???

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Re: where did bombadil came from

I've heard that idea before, Balin. But I also think I heard that Tolkien denied such a thing in his Letters (which I've never read ... I need to find where I can buy those).

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Re: where did bombadil came from

Since Tom was the first living creature, I had always assumed that he came into being at the same time as Arda itself. In other words, he was probably created during the Ainulindale by one of the Valar, possibly Yavanna.

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Re: where did bombadil came from / goldberry

I had always thought t.b. was a rather eccentric maia.but maybe as taimar suggests ha came into being w/ arda.
My question has been -of what nature is goldberry?

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maybe she's the same as the big rock-throwers in the hobbit when gandalf,bilbo and the dwarves are in the misty mountains,or the caradhras in FOTR

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Re: goldberry

I don't think that Tom is Eru, because I think Eru would have a more broad personality: silly like Bombadil, wise like Gandalf, solemn like Elrond, funny like Sam, etc. The argument that Tom Bombadil is Aule is a very good one, but I got the impression that all the Valar stayed in Arda, exept for maybe Ulmo who dwelt in the depths of the Sea. My personal opinian that he is a lesser Maia, but the argument that he is an embodyment of the nature, an Earth-god is also very strong.

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Re: goldberry

It is often suggested that Tom Bombadil was a Maiar, but was he really? Perhaps Tom is something along the lines of Ungoliant who was said to have 'descended from the darkness that surrounded Arda'. Perhaps Tom, too, crept into the world from outside of it... maybe even from the Void. For the Music of the Ainur (and the discord of Melkor) echoed out into the Void, and both Tom and Ungoliant could have been products of the Music rather than the 'offspring of the thought' of Eru.



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Re: goldberry

If I understand this at all rightly, Bombadil was called Iarwain by the Teleri. And I think that I understand that Iarwain means &quot;old-holy&quot; from the stems iaur and aina. This hardly clinches anything about his identity, mind you, but I really like Kittle's last suggestion and I don't think that it offers any contradiction to that. Isn't he also called Ben-adar, fatherless?

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bombadil is the spirit of the land balanced by goldberry as the spirit of the water. together they are harmony , comfort and peace to those whom they see as not harmful to their realm.

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<blockquote>Quote:<hr> And even in a mythical Age there must be some enigmas, as there always are. Tom Bombadil is one (intentionally)(letter 144)<hr></blockquote>

Tom was an enigma and as such didn't come from anywhere nor was he of a race per-se

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Who gives a damn...next to Goldenberry, Tom Bombadil is the most ridiculous and useless character in LOTR.

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Re: where did bombadil came from

Thats the stupidest thing Ive heard in a while Hamatime.. :P But I remember Tom saying that there were some trees older than him, didnt he? I agree with Taimar... but I think he was a Maiar that served under Yavanna (or something like that).

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Re: where did bombadil came from

Gandalf:
Actually you're remembering words of Treebeard, not Bombadil. Just as a side note, this proves that Bombadil has to be older than Treebeard.

I think that Bombadil was an enigmatic embodiment of Arda itself, quite much like Ungoliant was an embodiment of the Void. Remember, Bombadil remembers &quot;the starry sky when it was free of fear, before the Dark Lord came from Outside&quot; (I'm quoting from memory of a translation, the words aren't exactly these). I believe that this refers to Melkor's first entrance to Arda, but it can be interpreted in other ways as well (or perhaps Tom was telling a big fat lie to the Hobbits <img src=smile.gif ALT=""> ).

Either that, or he's the Witch King.
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Re: where did bombadil came from

I agree <img src=smile.gif ALT="">

Tom is an enigma, a personification of the earth yet at the same time not of Ea.



And even in a mythical Age there must be some enigmas, as there always are. Tom Bombadil is one (intentionally)(Letter 144)

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I agree <img src=smile.gif ALT="">

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Re: where did bombadil came from

O How interesting to have wandered such a short time but still be able to make a reference to earlier in my travels...
I found this article very interesting, perhaps others will as well...

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Re: where did bombadil came from

That's a pretty good article! However I still think Tom was just a Maiar. <img src=smile.gif ALT="">

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If Tom was truely an enigma as tolkien affirms then how could he have a spcifc race? Then he would no longer be an enigma.

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Re: where did bombadil came from

Originally I thought that I'd address the some of the flaws of the essay, which Nomad linked to, here myself, but as I noticed that my post was going to be filled with quotes from a certain another essay, I decided only to post a link to the essay.

http://home.uchicago.edu/~sbjensen/T.../Bombadil.htmlSteuard Jensen's &quot;What is Tom Bombadil?&quot;</a>


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Elenhin, where is your sig from? It's driving me nuts.

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Re: where did bombadil came from

Well, the first time I heard it, it drove me nuts too.

In fact, the whole &quot;2001: A Space Odyssey&quot; movie drove me nuts back then. Well, some years after seeing the movie I decided to read the book, thinking &quot;it can't have been as bad as I remember&quot;, and it indeed wasn't. In fact, the book was great and so I grew to appreciate (read: understand) the movie as well.

And by the way, my nick is a Quenya translation of a certain... thing (I can't really explain it) which appears in the end of the story <img src=smile.gif ALT="">


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balin, this discussion is been done a 'long' time ago and i
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i only got to your reaction on the subject
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Elenhin --

This &quot;thing&quot; is at the end of 2001? Or LotR? I'm going to try to figure it out ! (But I don't know Quenya.)

P.s. 2001! Of course ! I thought that's what it was.

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Elenhin = Star-child -- is that that space-embryo thingy at the end of the movie?

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<blockquote>Quote:<hr> Elenhin = Star-child -- is that that space-embryo thingy at the end of the movie?<hr></blockquote>
Yes <img src=smile.gif ALT="">

(This is getting off-topic; does anyone have more to say on the origins of Bombadil?)

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Re: bombadil as eru -balin99

One reason I think that Tom cd NOT be Eru is that Tom clearly has limits (&quot;Tom is no master of black riders&quot while Eru does not. Of course, Eru cd self-impose his own limits in arda -- remember the old George Carlin joke &quot;If God is omnipotent, cd he make a rock so big that he himself cd not lift it?&quot; -- but . . .

In any case, I personally wd not like to think that the Supreme Being is so . . . unserious (shall we say) as Tom is.

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This probably one of the most difficult questions. I think that he was there before anything else was. He is a race of its own with no people akin.(Still i cannot judge goldberry). But since his power is restricted to a certain area he must be "part" of it.
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Tom the Squatter?!?!?

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Check out the post on Tom Bombadil at the Encyclopedia of Arda. It has every possible explination availiable and has quotes from Tolkien that refutes some ideas.
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SHAME YOU, HAMATIME!!!!Tom's such an interesting character! So what if everyone else says he's 'useless'?!
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I imagine that Tom was there when the world was created and he will continue to live on through all the ages, seperated from everyone else, just like Goldberry. Kind of a nice thought. I think once Tolkien said that he was the spirit of the vanishing Oxfordshire countryside.
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Old 07-19-2003, 07:47 PM   #35
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This was one of the earliest Tom topics (just look at the date of the original post), though not the most comprehensive discussion. At any rate, it doesn't offer anything new as it is.
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