Just when it looked as if Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry would have their adventure through the Old Forest abruptly ended by Old Man Willow, a eucatastrophe happened! Let us join our hobbits as they are promised safety and refreshing at The House Of Tom Bombadil. It’s all in chapter seven of The Lord Of The Rings.
In The House Of Tom Bombadil
As the hobbits stepped out of the forest and onto a wide sweep of grass – which under their feet was smooth and shorn – they saw it: the house of Tom Bambadil. Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry crossed the threshold of the home and found themselves in a long, low room lit with lamps hanging from beams in the roof, and a dark wood table with tall candles burning brightly on its polished surface. Sitting in a chair across the room, looking every bit like an elf-queen, was Goldberry, daughter of the River.
Let Us Shut Out The Night
Goldberry took Frodo by the hand and encouraged the hobbits to laugh and be merry. Then she closed the door behind them and offered more words of comfort:
‘Let us shut out the night!’ she said. ‘For you are still afraid, perhaps, of mist and tree-shadows and deep water, and untame things. Fear nothing! For tonight you are under the roof of Tom Bombadil.’
The Lord Of The Rings, In The House Of Tom Bombadil, p. 123
To be under the roof of Tom Bombadil means that one is well-cared for; all needs are met; and that times of refreshing and encouragement have come to the weary and heavy-laden.
Tom Will Refresh You
The care that Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry receive while in the house of Tom Bombadil is reminiscent of this statement of Jesus:
Matthew 11:28-30 NASB
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
The parallels between this passage and what we read in chapter seven of The Lord Of The Rings are striking indeed. J.R.R. Tolkien was a devout Christian; therefore, he may have had this scripture in mind while writing. Tom says, “Come unto me, all you hobbits who are weary and heavy-laden, and Tom will give you rest (refreshing). Take my yoke upon you – that is, be yoked to and learn from Tom, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find refreshment in the house of Tom Bombadil.”
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