Long ago, I had a sudden realization of what the character Tom Bombadil in The Lord of the Rings actually was. I tried to put it into words and utterly failed. Others have done better, but the mystery of Bombadil remains.
However, today I came across the video below. It apparently was made by people who have journeyed to a Faerie similar to the one J. R. R. Tolkien himself frequented.
Yes, it differs greatly from the canon. Normally that drives me nuts (I’ve never been able to watch the Jackson movies, for example), but this little film is different. It leaves much to the viewer’s imagination and yet captures some facets of the mystery that is Bombadil. Most importantly, it’s great fun to watch.
It also closes with the biggest question of all: Why did the Ring have no power over him?
Wisely, they do not provide an answer.
Here is In the Forest of Tom Bombadil. Enjoy! (There are also delightful outtakes at the end.)
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