Finding Tom Bombadil

The Imagine audience is called for help in the worldwide search for Tolkien’s most mysterious fantasy figure.

How do you recognise a superbeing? This question haunts Finding Tom Bombadil, a detective documentary about a man on a quest to find his favourite fiction character in the real world.

Tom Bombadil is a nature-loving, minor character in The Lord of the Rings, who mostly sings nonsensical songs. He’s also the only one unaffected by the Ring. In 2015, Joost van de Loo became a holistic detective dedicated to finding Tom Bombadil. He’s been searching for years, investigating across five different continents. Joost says: ‘Somehow Tom Bombadil always stood out for me. He’s so positive and unique; the oldest and maybe most powerful person in the universe, but completely uninterested in power. My project assumes that he actually exists. We’re assuming that somewhere, Tom Bombadil is living and walking amongst us.’



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Type Special
Director Joost van de Loo
Country The Netherlands
Year 2018
Duration 90 min
Spoken languages English
Subtitles Dutch
Speaker Joost van de Loo


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