July 19, 2001

About Bombadil
Jim W.

I completely agree with Renee L. about the exclusion of the Barrow-downs scenes. This scene shows (besides Frodos courage) just how dangerous Middle Earth is outside the happy little Shire. It also shows that even the ring of power has limitations.

"It seemed to grow larger as it lay for a moment on his big, brown-skinned hand. Then suddenly he put it to his eye and laughed. For a second the Hobbits had a vision, both comical and alarming, of his bright blue eyes gleaming through a circle of gold. Then Tom put the Ring round the end of his litlle finger and held it up to the candlelight. For a moment the hobbits noticed nothing strange about this. Then they gasped. There was no sign of Tom disappearing!"

To me, this is a very important scene. How else do they plan on showing that the Ring is not all powerful, that it is a tool, with limitations? I feel that this is why the the perfect reason NOT to remove Bombadil, yet they still are.