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Tom Bombadil is a character in the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

"Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo!
Ring a dong! hop along! Fal lal the willow!
Tom Bom, jolly Tom, Tom Bombadillo!"

(The Fellowship of the Ring)

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Illustration done with watercolours, pens and markers on bamboo paper.
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:iconmkschmidt:
MKSchmidt Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Nice!  I knew it was Tom Bombadil before I read the title :)  Well done!
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:iconullakko:
ullakko Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for your comment! Glad you liked. :)
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Patchie97 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tom Bombadil! I wish they'd put him in the movies. But yeah, great job bringing him to life! His expression is awesome. :)
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ullakko Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
I really liked the storyline of Tom Bombadil! Such an intriquing character.
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Patchie97 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know! He's just so likable, too and not at all affected by the ring. Isn't that really interesting? I mean, I don't think Sam is as affected by the ring (but I'm not all the way through the books yet), either, but Tom Bombadil puts the ring on and just laughs. So rad. 
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ullakko Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Exactly!
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Patchie97 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;) Yes!
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ullakko Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
:D
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Patchie97 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Did you paint Goldberry too? That would be really great to see!
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:iconullakko:
ullakko Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
No I haven't. :) But I did consider it, so there's a small chance I will, if I ever get around it again!
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ThanQThanQ Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
I really love this one <3
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:iconullakko:
ullakko Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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awww
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ullakko Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
: )
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
HO THERE, BEGGARMAN !
TRAMPING IN THE MARISH !
WHAT'S YOUR BUSINESS HERE ?!
HAT ALL STUCK WITH ARROWS !
SOMEBODY'S GONE AND WARNED YOU OFF !
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ullakko Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
:)
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urandael Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
There's just something really fascinating about this character that I can't even describe what it is.
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:iconullakko:
ullakko Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Bombadil is indeed a mysterious character I liked him too, in the book!
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PercyJackson7 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I wish they had shown him in the movie, even though I know there's probably no time to fit him in one movie... :O
I think Bombadil's a great and mysterious character! I wonder what race he is - is he a dwarf? Does anyone know?
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ullakko Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for commenting!

I did some research when I was making this illustration, and it seems that Bombadil's race is none of the most common ones (he's not a man, a wizard, dwarf, or anything like that)... Tolkien doesn't give a direct answer to this in the books or elsewhere, other than that he is somewhere mentioned to be "the oldest and fatherless". It's been discussed afterwards, that Bombadil might be one of the ainur, some free spirit or even the Iluvatar himself.. He is a powerful character, anyways, more so than it seems at first glance.

I like the character, nice balance with earthiness and joy with an unsolved mystery..
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PercyJackson7 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Very interesting!
Yes, I remember he was mentioned as the "Eldest". Tom Bombadil is a mysterious character!!

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teslasoliloquy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Oh, yes, I was so sad about the fact that he didn't make it into the Jackson's trilogy, even though he wouldn't suit that much into the epic mood of the films~ Anyway, as always, your vegetation is flawless. I like the palette - it's so cozy, perfect! c: 
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ullakko Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! Glad you like it. :)
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teslasoliloquy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Not at all! c:
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DivineLightAngels Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great picture but I expected his costume to look more royal by how I had imagined him.
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ullakko Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I never thought of him as the royal type, but that's an interesting view. (:
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noleme Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
You captured the mirth in Tom Bombadil wonderfully. A bit silly-looking but wise beneath, and a great companion, that's exactly how I picture Tom and what I see in your illustration of him. Pretty picture!
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ullakko Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for the comment! :love:
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djial Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
uwaaa that's impressive ! awesome work
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ullakko Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Althea-25 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
great work! :)
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:iconullakko:
ullakko Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Haamurabai Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Straight to favs :3
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ullakko Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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malvikajaswal Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
gorgeous... 
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:iconullakko:
ullakko Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Lady-Lena-LaFaye Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! I don't see to many fan pics of him or Goldberry.
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:iconullakko:
ullakko Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
True. And Tom's such a great character!
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TheElectricMonk Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
And his boots are yellow!
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ullakko Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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Clandesty Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
My favorite character in the series!
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unveilpure Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
cannot fathom why jackson left him out.. great painting btw
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ullakko Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh well! And thanks! :)
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changedworld36 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and just as the book describes him. :heart:
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:iconullakko:
ullakko Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! <3
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Complete with Waterlilies and yellow boots! This is a lovely piece.
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ullakko Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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TheRoseofGrace Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your artwork it beautiful!!! Youve been blessed with such a wonderful talent. I read the first half of the Lord of the Rings series in my 11th year of highschool and Tom Bombadil was one of my favorite characters. I was so disapointed to relieze that he was not featured in the movies. These pictures of yours could be framed and displayed throughout my home! No matter what course of employment you take in life, your artistic talent will shine bright through every task you do. God bless you and guide you on your way! and p.s. I would love to have a book of your prints one day when you get them published.
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ullakko Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for the comment! I appreciate it. :)
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wangqr Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
nice environment drawn, the colorings i absolutely adore~~
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