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  • Diane Joy Baker
    So do I; I enjoyed it very much. Hope to get my membership in so I can enjoy the NEXT Mythlore. ---djb ... From: Croft, Janet B. To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
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      So do I; I enjoyed it very much. Hope to get my membership in so I can enjoy the NEXT Mythlore. ---djb

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Croft, Janet B.
      To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, December 11, 2006 10:08 AM
      Subject: RE: [mythsoc] Tom Bombadil


      There's a very good article on Tom Bombadil in the current issue of
      Mythlore which addresses a lot of the ideas that have come up in this
      discussion: "Bombadil's Role in The Lord of the Rings" by Michael
      Treschow and Mark Duckworth, Mythlore 25:1/2 (#95/96), 175-196. I highly
      recommend it.

      Janet Brennan Croft
      Editor of Mythlore http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore.html

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      From: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com [mailto:mythsoc@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
      Of Diane Joy Baker
      Sent: Saturday, December 09, 2006 10:19 PM
      To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [mythsoc] Tom Bombadil

      I've always liked Tom; the purpose for him (as I see it) was to provide
      a place of safety for the Hobbits after considerable danger, have Frodo
      encounter and contemplate someone who is truly one with nature, and one
      with his own nature, and to show that the Ring is unimportant to some
      people, not even a temptation to someone like Tom. You'd have to be
      someone like Tom Bombadil to do that little trick, though; even Gandalf
      couldn't do that one.

      Though I don't claim to speak for JRRT, that's how I see the function of
      his character. ---djb

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Dean Rowley
      To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com <mailto:mythsoc%40yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, December 09, 2006 7:02 PM
      Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Re: the book

      One of my friends once said that the only thing missing from the book
      was a trickster figure. It immediately occurred to me that a
      poetry-speaking, LSD-induced, hippy-living, Maia-of-slackers being who
      hung out with a River Daughter and pushed around angry trees probably
      fills the part. Specially because in his letters Tolkien said he had no
      idea where Bombadil came from and he never tried to explain him other
      than he added something to the story.

      Dean Rowley

      ----- Original Message ----
      From: David Emerson <emerdavid@...
      <mailto:emerdavid%40peoplepc.com> >
      To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com <mailto:mythsoc%40yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, December 9, 2006 12:15:16 PM
      Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Re: the book

      >From: Walkermonk@aol. com
      >
      >Personally, I think that Tolkien must have slipped into an LSD-inspired
      coma
      >and then written Tom Bombadil in that tripped-out state. But that's
      just me .

      Not just you. The long-ago editors of the Harvard Lampoon picked up on
      that same cosmic vibe when they satirized T.B. as "Tim Benzedrino".

      emerdavid

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