Somewhere deep within me exist biases and prejudices towards modern and Western ways of thinking. As new information about the world is observed and discovered, it is perfectly natural to me that our models of the world would change and shift to fit the new information. Our models are in flux; they are only the best we have now. This is the scientific method. This is The Fixation of Belief.
In the middle of the Peaceful Age, the great king Foryon had a daughter named Studia. Hardly could you find a young princess with more spirit and adventure in her bones. At eight years old Studia and three like-minded maids commandeered one of the Kingdom’s canoes in the middle of the night, rowed down the river for four miles until they found an island to their liking, and set up camp. They spent two days on the island hunting and singing and enacting mythic stories and romances until the King’s guards finally found them and brought them back.
In [Paul’s letters] are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness.
The film adaptations of Lord of the Rings were masterpieces, most can agree to that. But all ardent fans of the trilogy have their gripes and complaints about what was missing or what was done wrong. Elijah Wood’s portrayal of Frodo’s temptations/pain. The lame version of Faramir and Eowyn’s love story. The total ejection of Tom Bombadil.
In my experience, there are generally two responses to Tom Bombadil. Some people point to his absence in Peter Jackson’s masterpiece adaptation as its greatest and most unforgivable failing, while others do not see the purpose of him in the original stories at all.