Why Did the Ring Not Affect Tom Bombadil? | [User Input: @wijopat]

With regards to my previous post, a user made an interesting observation that I would like to acknowledge:


Can I just add something to your post about why good old RomTom wasn’t affected by the ring?

Galadriel, in her wisdom, informed Frodo “rings give power to the measure of each successor”. But in terms of measure, surely Tom measures high on that scale, being able to seemingly command both powerful Huons and barrow wights.

But shortly after Galadriel says something else, she says “before you could use that power… train you will to the domination of others”. And I personally think this is where the hobbits and Bombadillo’s resistance to the ring comes from. There relative inability to conceive of there own dominion of others.

A quick re read of chap VI and VII of book one shows you that Tom does not speak to the things within his “borders” as if they are his to command, he talks to the old willow as if to an old friend.

In your post you say that the hobbits inability to want anything in particular is what grants them resistance, but I think it’s more subtle than that, because surely the hobbits have desires and wants and dreams, it’s just that none of those dreams involve using people to achieve what they want. And jolly Tom, being not just one who does not desire domination of others but has his heart set on the most absolute hippy mofo notions of freedom and liberty, is such a foreign concept to Sauron that he shrinks in fear, vanishing from sight. Mairon has been so twisted by Melkor that a being old enough to remember Eru’s true song is something he genuinely cannot understand, like introducing a blind person to colour or an empiricist to rational thought.

— Thanks for your input! @wijopat