Forum:Tom Bombadil, Man or Maia?
I have read numerous articles about Tom Bombadil and who exactly he is. But there are SO many different opinions, I still can't figure it out. I am a Tolkien fan under 20, and would really like a good strong opinion using facts to help me figure out who he really is. Below are some opinions i have heard:
1. Tom Bombadil is a "retired" Maia.
2. Tom Bombadil is just a crazy man.
3. Tom Bombadil was a fictional character from bedtime stories that Tolkien would make up for his children. Then he was later added to LoTR for no reason, just as an enigma.
Please help me out here. Thanks.