In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, we find ourselves introduced to amazing, mysterious character that immediately grabs our attention. He is fun, carefree and most importantly, has no desire for the ring and the ring has no hold over him.
No, he was not included in the film; the majority of the content from the chapters involving Tom weren’t included in the movie. The old phrase, the book was better than the movie does stand for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, however, the films do the books justice. The casting was spot on in most cases, the character development was amazing, the books led us to be so emotionally invested in the characters that, for the films to do that also was incredible. As you can probably guess I am a huge fan of the books and the films.
Okay, to get back on track. Tom Bombadil is introduced to us when he manages to save the group of hobbits, he instantly made an impression and became one of my favourite supporting characters from the first book. He reveals so much but at the same time, reveals so little.
Now I’m going to warn you, I’m going to reveal a big shock about the character if you haven’t read the book and/or are unaware of the character.
Tom Bombadil can wear the one ring and not be affected, no invisibility, no hunger to rule and subjugate. He is simply immune to the powers of the one ring.
Shocking right?! This is why the mystery of the character so intrigues me, what’s his history? Who is he? How has he survived throughout the history of middle earth? Is he a deity?
I know there are a lot of theories flying about, so if you hear of a good one, let me know.