The LOTR Movie Site
July 12, 2000
Response to Mark S.'s Response
Your argument of Bombadil's inclusion in the works of Tolkien
is well presented, but there is importance to the character in the trilogy which you
yourself alluded to.
The story shows the progression of the hobbits from a child's
state of innocence to a mature state of wisdom and experience. Children use fantasy
as a tool to prepare for the world they are getting ready to enter. Bombadil
serves as a fantasy tool for the child-like hobbits to prepare them for the
world of men they are approaching.
Tom's introduction does appear rather
"deus-ex-machina", but I can forgive this appearance. The hobbits needed
danger in order to gain experience, and the story section needed a suspense and
climax. The willow was a perfect means for placing danger and suspense after
trapsing through a forest, and Tom Bombadil was the perfect foil for the tree.