Episode 20: Who is Tom Bombadil? with Fr. Tom Bombadil
“Old Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow, Bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow. None has ever caught him yet, for Tom, he is the Master: His songs are stronger songs, and his feet are faster.” - The Fellowship of the Ring
This week we’re joined by one of my favorite Twitter Priests! Father Chris Perrella is a priest from the diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, but he goes by Father Tom Bombadil online and when I was thinking up who I wanted to chat with for this episode, he was the first person I thought of!
In this episode, we discussed different theories to the ultimately unanswerable question: Who is Tom Bombadil?
I really truly love that Tolkien chose to leave Tom Bombadil as such a mystery, but there are a lot of different fan theories about who he truly is.
Tom Bombadil Theories
Tom represents and un-fallen Adam
Tom is one of the Maiar
Tom is the embodiment of Arda, a Father Nature figure
Tom is the embodiment of the Music of the Ainur
In this episode, we discussed these theories and which we felt were most likely. What do you think of these? Do you have any other Tom Bombadil theories?
In the end, we can’t really truly know, but it’s one of those fun elements of studying Tolkien that I enjoy!
To find Father Tom Bombadil (aka Father Chris) on Twitter, click here.