Saturday, March 6, 2010

Lovecraft of the Rings - Jolly Tom

There's a really great thread going on over at for those of you who love Lovecraftian Horror and the Lord of the Rings mashed up together into a new kind of awesome. The basic idea is that someone was reading lots of Lovecraft stories and the Silmarillion at the same time. They then wanted to make a setting where Sauron wins as a result of the actions of one Sam Gamgee. You see, early on once Gollum becomes the guide for Sam and Frodo after the breaking of the Fellowship (spoilers!), Sam kills Gollum out of self-defense and protection for his Master Frodo. Gollum never showed them all the shortcuts and Frodo gets sicker and sicker with the Ring. Sam then kills Frodo, takes the Ring, and goes missing.

Aragorn leads the assault on Sauron to the Black Gates, just like in the actual story, but since Frodo doesn't destroy the Ring, Aragorn is killed (or lost to Sauron - new Witch-King possibly?), and Sauron starts spreading his forces. War has broken out completely and no where is safe except the most well-defended strongholds of the Elves. Yes the whole "Sauron wins the war" thing has already been done with the Midnight D20 setting, but the emphasis here is on Eldritch horrors, so it's definitely different enough.

Anyway, here's my contribution to the thread that I'm kind of proud of:

"'Ho Tom Bombadil, Tom Bombadil-o!' is probably the number one incantation that can stop the hardiest man of Rohan in his tracks with terror. The being Bombadil rarely leaves his forest, but when called he comes singing the little diddy -

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

Men are confused and usually lost in battle, and impossibly, even the evil servitors of the dark lord shriek in terror as he approaches. The wise know not where he comes or remember the first time meeting him. "Jolly Tom" seems to spread small glimpses of insanity and loses people in time where ever he goes. Since the fall of Gondor he treks out more often now, sometimes not even needing to be called to appear when least expected. Both sides of the war have taken to sharing in whispers this word of wisdom: "'In battle, in fight, just outside your window in the darkest night, those who hear the song of Bombadil would do best to take flight.'"

I'm working on The Matter of Two Glorfindels and transforming it into an appropriately-Lovecraftian explanation, but need some appropriate inspiration to go with.

(Creepy picture of Bombadil borrowed from John Howe, master Tolkien artist.)

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