“Hey dol! merry dol! Come along and dance!
Old Tom Bombadil has no relevance!”

– J.R.R. Tolkien’s unpublished notes

Before I began reading The Lord of the Rings I had already heard of the infamous Tom Bombadil and the endless debates over whether he was completely unnecessary or a valuable contribution to the lore of Middle-Earth. So I was quite interested in seeing which camp I would fall into after finishing the trilogy. And honestly, I have no idea if the fourth panel of my comic is an acceptance of, or a pithy joke against, the existence of Tom Bombadil.

– James