And so it begins. The great argument of our time.
Elrond speaks next, as the council turns to trying to decide what to do with the ring. He finds Frodo’s tale very strange, and wonders if Tom Bombadil should have been included in those invited to the council. This sparks the argument of whether or not Tom should just take the ring. He isn’t affected by it, right? And he keeps to himself very well. In his lands, he is the master.
Well, maybe that’s not the best idea, Gandalf counters. Tom isn’t very concerned with the matters of the outside world. He would only take the ring after much begging, and would probably forget about it, or worse, throw it away. The ring would still wind up in enemy hands, just after a while longer. Of course, in all reality, Tom wouldn’t have come to the council if invited in the first place anyway.
-Dunland: Region south of the Shire and west of Isengard. The Old Forest once stretched from its current location all the way south to here.
We learn slightly more about Tom Bombadil today. He has many names: Iarwain Ben-adar, Forn, and Orald among them. All races seem to find him curious, and one of the oldest known beings. Well, at least that’s consistent with what we already know. He’s still mysterious, though. And totally doesn’t care about this whole ring problem. Ignorance is bliss?
Ultimately, we don’t learn a whole lot more about Tom Bombadil, other than that many other people are aware of him, like Elrond. He’s a withdrawn character, and most seem happy to leave him that way.
So, what next? Any bright ideas, team?
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Note that we’re approaching 30 pages in this chapter, which I think is already the longest we’ve had so far. Then, remember that 30 pages is a month at this pace. Woah.
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