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Old 04-10-2017, 09:03 PM   #1
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Tom Bombadil & Jack of Beanstalk Fame

To some it may sound absurd, but at least one other scholar has recognized that Tolkien likely buried links within TLotR to that most famous English fairytale: Jack and the Beanstalk. That person being Mark Hooker (see The Hobbitonian Anthology) who has identified linkage to item (vii) below.

Ms. Seth has obviously investigated the matter in some detail and connected in Tom Bombadil too.

https://priyasethtolkienfan.wordpres...lorful-pair-3/

The gist of her arguments are that:

(i) The funny old man who handed magical beans to Jack was a fairy being, and in Tolkien's myth - modeled intentionally to be Tom.

(ii) In trade for Jack's very productive cow, Milky-White, the technical owner became Tom – who she deduces, per TLotR, has access to a cow. A strong hint dropped by Tolkien (apart from all the dairy produce present) is the 'white' river of 'milk' emanating from his residence.

(iii) Both heroes (Frodo & Jack) awake in the morning to stare out of a window at beanstalks.

(iv) The Black Riders are ogrish in size compared to the hobbits and similarly chase the hobbits as the ogre did in the Jack tale.

(v) The smelling of blood and the hatred displayed by the Black Riders echoes the Fe-fi-fo-fum rhyme of Jack and the Beanstalk.

(vi) A horn is blown in both TLotR and Jack and the Beanstalk to rally the people against the 'ogre' foes.

(vii) The famous Fe-fi-fo-fum rhyme was intentionally included in TLotR but slightly distorted to reflect oral diffusion down in to our world's mythology.

The writer promises additional evidence that have been missed by practically all readers/scholars in a future essay.
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Old 04-12-2017, 10:29 AM   #2
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Though there may be parallels, with the lack (as far as I Know) of any evidence of conscious drawing on the "Jack" tale, I'm calling it coincidence.
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