In the House of Tom Bombadil

Dominion & Communion in Middle Earth

Saturday, January 29th

10am CST

 

Cornerstone Institute’s Saturday Seminars
An online lecture with Q&A

 

When it comes to what the Bible means by taking dominion Tom Bombadil comes to mind for me; but I think what comes to mind for most people looks a lot more like Saruman.

If you’re a reader of Lord of the Rings, you understand those references. But if you’ve only seen the films, you probably didn’t–at least not the reference to Bombadil.

Poor Bombadil, what’s he in the story for anyway? (Peter Jackson, the director of the films thought he was expendable.) That whole episode in the Old Forest before the hobbits get to Bree seems like a senseless detour. Was Tolkien dallying? Was it just a bit of comic relief?

I don’t think so. Tolkien worked with texts professionally and he doesn’t strike me as the sort of person to do something on a whim. He was fussy.

I’m a writer in my own small way, and even I know that something that can’t be made to fit should be thrown out.

Either that, or you leave it in because it is somehow a way to underscore the point of the thing.

Join CR Wiley to hear him discuss his new book In the House of Tom Bombadil.

C.R. Wiley is a minister living in the Pacific Northwest and a senior contributor to The Imaginative Conservative. His short stories have appeared in The Mythic Circle and Fear and Trembling , and his nonfiction has appeared in Touchstone Magazine, Relevant Magazine Online, and Modern Reformation. He is the author of The Household and the War for the Cosmos and Man of the House . The Purloined Boy, Book 1 of the Weirdling Cycle, is his first novel.

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