Hi Karlmir. This was a really interesting look at Tom's life. I really liked the details about Elessar's standing army and about the forest craft, as well as the reference to the waning of the Elve's power. I found it sad and touching.
Author's Response: Most of my stories take place in the Fourth Age and deal in some way with the changing political and social climate in Middle Earth as I imagine it. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for reviewing.
Very interesting to read - it's a tad long, (lol,) but I enjoyed reading it. It shows a lot more depth in Goldberry's and especially Tom's character, which I love, and the ending rocks as it is descriptive and thoughtful, yet simple all at once. Incredible!
Author's Response: Yeah, I suppose I got carried away on the length of this fic, but the story goes as the plot flows. I never could define exactly what the ideal length of a short story was supposed to be. Thanks for reading and reviewing. It's especially gratifying when readers take the time to check out my older stories.
I've always favored old Bombadil, and was wondering if he'd ever re-enter the story.But now he isn't the same!We'll see about that.
Author's Response: Nothing and no one can stay the same forever. "Time is like a raging river upon which events happen; for as soon as something new is seen, it is swept away, and another takes its place. And this, in its turn, will also be swept away."
---Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
This Fourth Age story of Tom and Goldberry Bombadil is my own interpretation. I have no idea if Tolkien had any private thoughts on the matter other than what has already appeared in his published works. I have one or two other possible stories in mind for Bombadil, but they won't appear for quite some time.
Thanks for reading and reviewing.
There is probably more debate on who Tom Bombadil was - on various sites - than the continuous '' Do Balrogs have wings? '' discussion. [ No, I will not start a debate on that, as I don't care, lol ]
Some people have even postulated he is Manwe, or Tolkien himself. He and Goldberry do not entirely fit in with any other race or creature in Middle-earth; that both are Maia seems most likely to me. Therefore they would never '' become mortal '' that cannot happen.
I like the thought that somewhere they are still around, as Jules 14 wrote in her Search for Middle-earth.
I do not think they would be so easily accessible by Mortal's, and I would hate to think it, that disturbs me more than his thinking his power is declining , although Tom apparently knew Farmer Maggot and rather respected him and I believe it was at least hinted that he knew of Barliman Butterbur if not him personally. I suppose he looked enough like a Breelander - fairly short - to pass as a man if he ever went there. But I'd still like to think of them as being rather '' isolationist '', not having people visit them and know where they are, that thought makes me extremely sad, so I won't think it.
I think I will still imagine Tom around somewhere, perhaps not in his Old Forest, but a wild little nook of remote Mid Wales or Scotland; there are still plenty of places he could be. Since he saw the very first Elves pass West to Valinor on the Great Journey and before the Sun and Moon I think he would remain in Middle-earth somewhere, despite everything, as he seemed to love it. Interesting story, thankyou.
Author's Response: As I pointed out in the footnote, Tom Bombadil's race is really unknown. In composing a Bombadil fic, one cannot really abide by the canon, since Tolkien himself left the field nearly wide open for speculation. I spoke of Tom as a Maia-gone-native only in the speculative sense, as is the implication that he and Goldberry would lose the ability to influence the world as it changed at the dawn of the Fourth Age. Again, I invite my readers to read the relevant discussion in the online "Encylopedia of Arda" and draw their own conclusions. Thank you, xFanarix for adding to the discussion and thanks for the review.
Coolness! That was a realistic story! I never thought that Butterbur had a brother! Keep writing!
Author's Response: Your compliments are truly appreciated, oelberethgilthoniel. Part of the plot is a distillation of my experiences managing the forestland upon which I am dependant for fuel. I've been heating my home with firewood for over 30 years. In real life, King Oak was really King White Pine, a 147-year-old tree that toppled in 1982. Barley Butterbur doesn't have a younger brother named Ulbar in the novels, but I don't think it violates the canon to create one, just so long as the original character doesn't change the course of Middle Earth history. Ulbar Butterbur originally appears in Arwen's Journey as Chief Constable of Dunland.
I couldn't help but notice your unusual pen name. How about responding to my pen name challenge?
Wow. That was very impressive.
I have a hard time imagining the decline of Bombadil ( he just seems to be), but I think it would be a lot like how you've just described it.
Keep it up!
Author's Response: Thank you, Nazgrrl. At present, I'm not familiar enough with the Bombadils to form an opinion on whether they eventually left Middle Earth, albeit very reluctantly, or remained after the last ships departed and became mortal. Then again, because of Tom's unique and mysterious history, they may have passed into another world altogether. Tolkien may have been deliberately vague on this issue. One thing I'm sure of, however, is that Tom and Goldberry would have noticed a decline in their ability to control nature as the world inevitably changed around them. Their nemesis, Old Man Willow, would certainly have faded or drastically declined in power by the time of my story.