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[[Image:Olanda Fong-Surdenas - Tom Bombadil.jpg|thumb|left|250px|''Tom Bombadil'' by Olanda Fong-Surdenas]]
 
[[Image:Olanda Fong-Surdenas - Tom Bombadil.jpg|thumb|left|250px|''Tom Bombadil'' by Olanda Fong-Surdenas]]
 
{{quote|He is a strange creature.|[[Elrond]], ''[[The Council of Elrond]]''}}
 
{{quote|He is a strange creature.|[[Elrond]], ''[[The Council of Elrond]]''}}
The origins and [[Tom Bombadil/Nature|nature of Tom Bombadil]] are unknown; however, he already existed when the [[Morgoth|Dark Lord]] came to [[Arda]],<ref name="house">{{FR|Bombadil}}</ref> signifying he was alive even before the coming of the [[Valar]].
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The origins and [[Tom Bombadil/Nature|nature of Tom Bombadil]] are unknown; however, he already existed when the [[Morgoth|Dark Lord]] came to [[Arda]],<ref name="house">{{FR|Bombadil}}</ref> signifying he was alive even before the coming of the [[Valar]]. There are many theories which try to explain his [http://www.whoistombombadil.blogspot.com origins].
  
 
His role and nature in the [[Elder Days]] is unknown, but he must have witnessed most of the major events and battles. He also witnessed the reducing of the great forests that covered all [[Middle-earth]], and perhaps of his powers.<ref name="CoE"/>  
 
His role and nature in the [[Elder Days]] is unknown, but he must have witnessed most of the major events and battles. He also witnessed the reducing of the great forests that covered all [[Middle-earth]], and perhaps of his powers.<ref name="CoE"/>  

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