A tantalizing rumor is catching the attention of Tolkien die-hards.
Amazon Prime’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is taking aim at an entirely new portion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth histories. Diverting from the Third Age, during which the Fellowship is formed and the War of the Ring is fought, Rings of Power instead centers in on the First Age. Set millennia before Frodo was born, the show fixates on figures from Middle Earth’s history, and tosses in a number of massive names—some of whom even made appearances in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Characters like Galadriel and Isildur are recognizable even to casual Lord of the Rings fans, but one character has never managed to depart the pages of Tolkien’s works. Tom Bombadil is an absolutely vital character in Middle Earth’s lengthy canon, but his unique traits — and near impossible power levels — make him a challenging character to adapt.
In the books behind Peter Jackson’s hugely popular films, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin actually cross paths with Bombadil near the beginning of their quest. An enigmatic and eccentric fellow living to the east of the Shire, Bombadil aids Frodo and his crew in their quest to depart the lands of the Shire, but the many challenges his character poses have kept him far from any adaptation.
So far, that is.
If rumors are true, Bombadil could finally be headed toward his big entrance. The shockingly powerful being may just be a part of Rings of Power season two, according to several dedicated Tolkien nerds. TheOneRing.net reports that several sources have picked up on a character named “Tom” on set, and in the process, throwing the rumor mill into a frenzy.