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Tom Bombadil has arrived

In the depths of the night I hear the words; ‘Tom Bombadil has arrived.’ As I wake I realise something very important is happening. I fill with awe.

It’s the first time I’ve received a saying. The words are tantalising and mysterious. I know Tom Bombadil is a character in the Lord of the Rings. But who is Tom? Why has he arrived? What does he want? I seek answers. My questions draw me ever deeper into the mystery of the Self.

I open my copy of the Lord of the Rings. Here he is; Tom Bombadil. Frodo has exactly the same question as I have. ‘Who are you master?’1 Frodo asks.  As I listen to Tom’s reply I begin to understand. Tom is the Self. He’s Nature.2 He’s my true identity. He’s arrived.

I’m Tom I am… I sing my song…
I’m mostly right… but odd time wrong…
I walk with you… we’re on a quest…
We’ve just begun… you might have guessed…

Who are you Tom? … You oft times say…
I’m who you are… I love to play…
Before your birth… before the morn…
I am the seed… I am the storm…

I’m what’s foretold… I’m what’s forgot…
I’m Nature’s gold… I dance a lot…

1“Who are you Master?’ Frodo asked…‘Eh, What?’ said Tom sitting up, and his eyes glinting in the gloom. ‘Don’t you know my name yet? That’s the only answer. Tell me, who are you alone, yourself and nameless? But you are young and I am old. Eldest, that’s what I am. Mark my words, my friends: Tom was here before the river and the trees; Tom remembers the first raindrop and the first acorn. He made paths before the big People, and saw the little People arriving. He was here before the Kings and the graves and the Barrow-wights. When the elves passed westward; Tom was here already, before the seas were bent. He knew the dark under the stars when it was fearless – before the Dark Lord came from Outside.”   J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Pg. 146

2 Tom is also a green man. A green man is a primordial manifestation of Nature. In folk lore green men sometimes appear as companions of the Goddess. Green women also appear in literature, song and folklore.

See Saying: 71 ‘The green man is Adam.’

Saying 73: ‘The green man is the natural man.’

Saying 117: ‘Khidr the prophet.’

I highly recommend the book; ‘Green Man; The Archetype of our Oneness with the Earth:’ William Anderson; photography by Clive Hicks.

Meditation: let the question; ‘Who am I?’ settle in your heart. Sit with it. Gradually let go of the various rolls, relationships and identities that usually define you. Let the question take you deeper. When you’re ready; return slowly to your everyday world. Reflect on your experience. 

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