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Jul 27, 2015

Concerning "In the House of Tom Bombadil", Book 1, Chapter 7 of The Lord of the Rings, in which we ponder all things Bombadil...

On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Book 1, Chapter 7 of Fellowship, "In the House of Tombadil". As the title of this chapter would suggest, our discussion on this episode consists mainly in attempting to answer the question “Who is Tom Bombadil?” We consider both the evidence contained in this chapter as well as the things Tolkien had to say about Bombadil in his letters. It’s an easy question to get lost in, and we have a lot of fun exploring it. 

Topics of discussion include:

  • Who is Tom Bombadil?
  • Who is Goldberry?
  • What does it mean that Tom is "Master?"
  • How has Tom taken a "vow of poverty?"
  • How can Tom have power over Old Man Willow?
  • Why did Tolkien include Tom in the story even though he admitted he didn't do much to advance the plot?
  • And much more!

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following on Facebook at