(The site software has messed up the type size in this post and I can't correct it, enjoy anyway.) TOM BOMBADIL IS THE MASTER, NO ONE HAS EVER CAUGHT OLD TOM WALKING IN THE FOREST, WADING IN THE WATER, LEAPING ON THE HILLTOPS UNDER LIGHT AND SHADOW. HE HAS NO FEAR, TOM BOMBADIL IS MASTER.
OLD TOM BOMBADIL IS A MERRY FELLOW, BRIGHT BLUE HIS JACKET IS, AND HIS BOOTS ARE YELLOW.
On their journey the four hobbits come into the territory that is the domain of an unusual character, Tom Bombadil. He is always singing and laughing and dancing all about. But the hobbits find that Tom is a man of spiritual authority also. Twice, in Toms territory, the hobbits get attacked by evil spirits and Tom frees them with just his word of authority. With surprise the hobbits discover that the ring has no affect on Tom at all.
As they are leaving he tells them to call out his name if they strike trouble, and he will be there to help. Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin get lost when night falls and are caught by the barrow wight, a bad spirit that means to finish them off. Frodo remembers what Tom had told them and calls out his name, and as he does so he feels courage and strength coming back to him. Then they hear singing and Tom appears. He commands the wight to go WHERE GATES ARE FOREVER SHUT, TILL THE WORLD IS MENDED. TOM WAS LAUGHING AS HE DANCED AROUND THEM IN THE SUNLIGHT. ONE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT NOTHING DANGEROUS OR DREADFUL HAD HAPPENED; AND INDEED THE HORRIBLENESS FADED OUT OF THEIR HEARTS AS THEY LOOKED AT TOM AND SAW THE MERRY GLINT IN HIS EYES.
This part of the story reminds me that we have the joy of the Lord.'These things I have spoken to you', Jesus said, 'that my joy might be in you and that your joy might be full'.
'Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads.( Isaiah 51v11)
Tom Bombadil shows us that unusual mixture that only a Christian can have; joyfulness, a merry heart, childlikeness and spiritual authority that overcomes evil.