Who the hell is Tom Bombadil?
If your familiarity with Tolkien’s Legendarium comes entirely from the movies, your mystification is easily explained – he wasn’t in the films. But if you have read The Lord of the Rings, you are no doubt still asking the question…
If you have only seen the films, but never read the books, you have no idea who Tom Bombadil is. I love the idea of a collectible of a character who didn’t even make it into the first draft of the screenplay for the movie trilogy.
Both Peter Jackson’s trilogy and Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 “animated” adaptation dispensed with Bombadil entirely. This was particularly important in Jackson’s case, as he spared us an incredibly annoying Robin Williams cameo.