What does Tom Bombadil symbolize in The Lord of the Rings?

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Tom Bombadil stands apart from the other characters in The Lord of the Rings in that he lives outside the struggle against the forces of the Dark Lords that are faced by the other creatures of Middle Earth. In many ways, Tom Bombadil represents the goodness of the world as it is when free of strife. He lives in harmony with the natural world and, at least when within his own territory, is in command of it.

One interesting thing to consider is that Tom Bombadil represents the importance of sanctuary in the natural world. He is a jolly fellow who happily rescues the hobbits as they trespass through his land. However, consider the other creatures who inhabit his domain. Barrow-Wights and evil...

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