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Old 15 January 2018, 03:40 PM
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Tolkien did explain a bit about what Tom Bombadil's role in the story was:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Bo...t_and_creation

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Originally Posted by ProfessorTolkien
I might put it this way. The story is cast in terms of a good side, and a bad side, beauty against ruthless ugliness, tyranny against kingship, moderated freedom with consent against compulsion that has long lost any object save mere power, and so on; but both sides in some degree, conservative or destructive, want a measure of control. But if you have, as it were, taken 'a vow of poverty', renounced control, and take your delight in things for themselves without reference to yourself, watching, observing, and to some extent knowing, then the questions of the rights and wrongs of power and control might become utterly meaningless to you, and the means of power quite valueless...
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