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A character in The Lord of the Rings, described as "The oldest and fatherless".

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Is Bombadil a maiar like Gandalf? [duplicate]

In Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on the way to returning to the Shire Gandalf tells the hobbits that: But if you would know, I am turning aside soon. I am going to have a long talk with ...
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Does Tom Bombadil give names to the ponies, or does he just know their true names?

In the "Fog on the Barrow Downs" chapter of The Lord of the Rings, Tom Bombadil retrieves Merry's five ponies, which had scattered whilst the hobbits were in the barrow. He calls them each by name. ...
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In Tolkien's opinion, does Tom Bombadil (and the concept of pacifism) actually hold any power?

Before you read and reply to my musings, please bear in mind as I want to make clear, I am not trying to debate whether pacifism is good or bad in the real world, I am just putting out my ...
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Which adaptations include Tom Bombadil?

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 ...
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Why is Tom Bombadil not included in the films?

Is there any reason, that we know of, that Tom Bombadil was left out of the films by Peter Jackson?
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Did the Ring in fact affect Tom Bombadil?

'Show me the precious Ring!' he said suddenly in the midst of the story: and Frodo, to his own astonishment, drew out the chain from his pocket, and unfastening the Ring handed it at once to Tom. ...
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What does Gandalf intend to chat with Tom Bombadil about?

This is not another "Who was Tom Bombadil" question. Close to the end of ROTK Gandalf tells one of the Hobbits that it's time for him to go and have a long talk with Tom Bombadil. Was there anything ...
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Why was Tom Bombadil so unconcerned about the fate of Middle-earth?

I know he saves the hobbits from the barrow-wight and gives them weapons which affect the Nazgûl, Sauron's greatest servants. But I've always wondered why a high power, which Tom Bombadil obviously is,...
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What happened to Tom Bombadil when the last ship left for the Undying Land?

When the wizards and elves leave Middle Earth the only great power that is left will be Bombadil. Towards the end of The Return of the King, when Gandalf leaves the hobbits, he mentions that he wants ...
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Who is the older of the two, Goldberry or Tom Bombadil?

Who is the older of two, Goldberry or Tom Bombadil? Tom found her long ago,but she was there for him to find, couldn't she be older than him?
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Who had the brooch Tom Bombadil took from the Barrow-downs belonged to?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, after saving the hobbits from some nasty misadventure in the Barrow-downs (Hobbits never listen), Tom Bombadil lets a big treasure lie outside, to be freely taken by '...
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Did Tom Bombadil deliberately and specifically choose the Barrow weapons given to the Hobbits?

Did he set the stage ahead of time so that Merry could use his Barrow dagger to break the spell that made the Witch King invulnerable to mortal men? Tom went up to the mound, and looked through the ...
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How did Tom Bombadil respond to Frodo's call so fast?

When Frodo was in the Barrow, He sang Bombadil's rhyme. This rhyme summoned Bombadil to help them. How was Bombadil able to come within a moments notice? If Bombadil was at his house wouldn't it take ...
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Could Tom Bombadil have defeated Sauron?

There is evidence that Tom Bombadil is unaffected by the One Ring's power and he has magical ways about him that can't be explained. It seems that Tom did not participate actively in the War of the ...
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Who's older: Treebeard or Tom Bombadil?

Tom Bombadil says this to the hobbits, in reply to the question "who are you?": (...) But you are young and I am old. Eldest, that’s what I am. Mark my words, my friends: Tom was here before the ...
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Who or what was Tom Bombadil?

The most iconic of Middle-earth questions: Who or what was Tom Bombadil? Was he an elf? Was he akin to Gandalf, and one of the wizardly stock? Was he something… else?