Tom Bombadil, Jr.

An LOTR question that woke me up last night: Why don’t Tom Bombadil and his wife Goldberry have children?

Was up till 4 am going down a lot of very sad and disturbing rabbit holes on that one, then realized since they’re both immortal, they’re probably in no hurry. So maybe they just wanted to enjoy the first few thousand years of marriage before all the stress of parenthood. After spending a weekend babysitting my four nephews, I can confidently state that kids can be a handful, even for a fellow who can overpower evil trees with song. (I tried singing to calm my nephews (ages 10, 8, 6, and 4) down, and they pretty much just threw some flatware at me. To be fair, they were plastic spoons, but they had some velocity.)  So that interpretation of their marriage really took a lot of weight off my mind. Slept like a log after that. 


I’d hate to be an art critic. It all looks great to me!