Bombadil - Usually, a science fiction or fantasy short...

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Usually, a science fiction or fantasy short story is a stand-alone volume; not so in the case of Tolkien’s timeless short story starring Tom Bombadil and the Hobbits. Seamlessly woven into his much larger and more complex Lord of the Rings series, the story of the Hobbits and their interactions with Bombadil carries its own plot, its own character development arches, and even its own language and poetic writing style! While nearly all short stories serve a purpose exclusively their own, the story of Bombadil succeeds in enriching a much larger tale while providing a great deal of substance in its own right. Something that immediately stands out to the reader of this story is that, when compared to short stories of similar genre, the backstory and character development are nearly unrivaled. This can be owed in part to the fact that it does belong to the epic masterpiece of Tolkien’s, but that it can act as an unconnected installment credits Tolkien’s skill as a crafter of the short story. There is mention of a creation theory, introduction of unique mythological creatures, cultural
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