When it comes to adapting The Lord of The Rings, Tom Bombadil has a habit of not making the cut.

Are there any adaptations that do feature him?

Which adaptations of The Lord of The Rings include Tom Bombadil?

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More than you might think, though most of them are video games only tangentially related to The Lord of the Rings novels.

In no particular order:


1 For the unitiated, the gist of the LEGO X games is that the plot of the work being adapted is divided into a small number of playable levels, separated by an overworld. You play each level with the characters canonically present for the events it depcits, and after completing a level you're allowed to replay it with any characters you've unlocked. Some characters are unlocked by playing the levels in story mode, but some (like Bombadil) are just standing in the overworld and have to be purchased with the in-game currency

2 I don't even have a witty remark to that. Just...what?

3 Thanks to Jörg W Mittag for pointing this one out in comments

4 Thanks to Ian Thompson for pointing this one out

  • LOTRO was never in the same league as WoW in terms of user numbers, it's not a valid comparison ;) – Separatrix Apr 4 '16 at 11:01
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    What's so surprising about the Lord of the Rings Volume 1 game? Sadly it didn't get completed. Volume 2 The Two Towers was rushed out with bugs in it. Certainly not "tangentially related" – Ber Apr 4 '16 at 13:33
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    I think the book quite unsuitable for 'dramatization'... Amen, brother. Amen. – Todd Wilcox Apr 4 '16 at 15:53
  • @Ber The game itself doesn't surprise me, it's that two largely dissimilar games with the exactly the same name were released by the same publisher within only a few years of each other. – Jason Baker Apr 4 '16 at 16:14
  • Yeah the PC game was poorly marketed... they might have actually lost control of the title! It'd be interesting to see how weird the SNES game was from the era of weird Nintendo games, tho. – Ber Apr 4 '16 at 21:37

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