It’s officially rainy-day-land in Middle-earth. Does that mean I’m going to take a rain-check today?
The four hobbits eat breakfast alone, with Tom busy about the house and Goldberry singing a floor above them. The rain is coming down heavily outside, and Frodo is adjusting his plan since it doesn’t look like they’ll be able to leave today. Tom comes in, announcing this very certainty, and suggesting that today be set aside for storytelling. He volunteers to go first, and gathers the hobbits, telling them stories of the Old Forest. His telling is strange, with him sometimes talking to himself, and other times singing and dancing.
So according to the weather, we’re not going anywhere today. I mean, “today” might just be as long as this page or the next, or maybe we’ll be sitting in the Bombadil house listening to stories for twenty pages, you never know.
We can really dig into the oddities of Tom Bombadil on this page. First of all, Frodo watches him walking around outside in the rain, and notices him waving his arms around, as if he was trying to keep the rain off him. Strangely enough, when Tom enters the room, he’s mostly dry. Is it magic?
In other news, Tom has the strangest method of telling stories. Sometimes he’s off somewhere else, as if he’s talking to himself. Sometimes he’s staring directly at the hobbits. Sometimes he’s singing and dancing! Truly, this dude is crazy. I’m not here to judge one’s storytelling ability. I have too many friends who are well-versed in that sort of thing. However, I find it hard to argue with the fact that Tom Bombadil has quite the unique touch to his oratory skills.
Lost among the craziness that is Tom Bombadil is this statement: “It’s a good day for long tales, for questions and for answers.” Does Tom intend to answer any questions about himself? This seems to be the case. We’ll sure see if the hobbits can get some more information about the most interesting man in Middle-earth as we move forward.
“As they listened, they began to understand the lives of the Forest, apart from themselves, indeed to feel themselves as the strangers…”