Who is Tom Bombadil really, you my ask?
I had a close friend of mine ask me that question recently, apparently the email the question was encoded in became buried under two or three months of Facebook notifications – Facebook is going to be the end of us all I’m sure – at that time my friend was listening to the Lord of the Rings with his school age son. Listening to??? I had thoroughly parsed the Silmarillion in print by age 12, mom’s Book of the Month Club selection for September 1977 – mine!
I suppose that was why my friend asked me the question, because he thought I probably knew the answer. So, in case you haven’t managed to find the unabridged and authoritative answer to the question yourself – here it is.