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July 26, 2000
Regarding Arwen and Bombadil
Regarding Arwen, I agree that Arwen should have no role in
the War of the Rings. The dramatic function of Eowyn's obsession with Aragorn is crucial
to the outcome of the Siege of Gondor, because it is her dispair that drives her to
masquerade as a young Rider of Rohan and ultimately slay the chief of the Nazgul, turning
the tide of the war.
Regarding Bombadil, Tolkien says in his prologue that the tale grew in the telling. What
initially began as More About Hobbits became an epic, and while he was finding his way
into the story as the Hobbits were finding their way to Rivendell, he indulged in some
diversions that have little to do with the greater scope of the Trilogy. Possibly at that
point he had the idea to merge the work begun earlier, The Silmarillion, into the
common-speech tale of the War of the Ring. In that more scholarly creation we meet the
Valar; it is my feeling that Bombadil is Tulkas. Leaving him and other stuff out of the
movie is necessary and in this case the opposite of critical.