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At the Council, Galdor suggests that Bombadil would be unable to withstand a siege by Sauron “unless such power is in the earth itself”, implying that the character may be a manifestation of Middle-earth’s inherent properties. This connection would explain Bombadil’s seeming obliviousness to the transient concerns of mortals, as evidenced in Gandalf’s concern that Tom would not understand the importance of the Ring and would lose it if entrusted with it.
Paula Marmor notes that bobadil is an archaic word meaning “braggart”, as seen in the character “Captain Bobadill” in the English play Every Man in His Humour. Because of its Bucklandish form, An Introduction to Elvish lists the name Bombadil under the “Celtic-sounding names”. However, it is said that the word derives from Boabdil, the Spaniard name of Abu Abdillah Muhammad XII, the last Moorish ruler of Granada