A very nice exploration of Tom Bombadil.
Here’s Part IV of the Tom Bombadil article. Please bear with me – it’ll soon be concluded 😉
1.6 Tolkien’s Letters
During his life, Tolkien wrote a substantial amount of letters to relatives, publishers and admirers alike. Many of these contained thoughts about his mythology, tackling clarifications and requests that people often sent him – pertaining to his stories.
From The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, we are able to discover those letters that somehow relate to the character of Tom Bombadil.
First of all, for Tolkien, Bombadil represented the vanishing country-side of Oxford and Berkshire.
Let us start by analyzing one of the letters, more specifically Letter 144…
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