Originally Posted by KC Fish
I really liked Bombadil in the book. But it would have been really hard to project that character into film. He was impossibly confusing and mysterious even in the book. It would have taken 30 minutes of explanation for viewers unfamiliar with the book to understand Tom in the film...
I saw the movies before reading the book, and I could completely understand why they cut him. That whole section just seemed like the hobbits fell into an acid trip that didn't belong with the rest of the story other than to show that there was more powerful things out there.