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The name Tim refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Tim (disambiguation).

Tim, said to be the "nuncle" of Tom, is only mentioned in verse composed by Sam Gamgee. In the poem, Tom encounters an old troll, gnawing for years on the shinbone of Tim, and Tom demands to let it down.[1][2] Most likely, Tim was only an invention by Sam.[3]

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Pauline Baynes who illustrated The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, depicted Tom who kicked the troll with his boots, as Tom Bombadil; although the name was most probably generic and there is no evidence that the author intended Tom to be Bombadil, as having an uncle and father would be absurd.

Robert Foster considers a possibility that Tom was somehow modelled after Bombadil, considering that Sam composed the poem soon after their meeting.[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Flight to the Ford"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "The Stone Troll"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 385
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