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Interesting perspectives on Tom Bombadil and villainy
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Tom Bombadil came up in independent discussions at a couple of holiday parties, with me defending his importance to the story of LotR. And then londo sent me this link, which argues pretty convincingly that Bombadil is a being of pure evil. And the comments there led me in turn to this essay, which takes similar ideas in an altogether different and delightfully twisted direction. Both links are full of finest-kind fanwankery. Be warned that they may irrevocably change your view of both LotR and some other well-loved stories.

Another common theme in party discussion was the way in which most villains don't actually see themselves as evil. And to that end, here's a funny video about SS imagery and genre awareness.

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