From "Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon" (2003) by Brian Rosebury
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‘Mark my words, my friends: Tom was
here before the river and the trees; Tom remembers the first raindrop and the
paths before the Big People, and saw the little People arriving. He was
[page 57] here before the Kings and the graves and the Barrow-wights. When the Elves passed westward, Tom was here already, before the
seas were bent. He knew the dark under the stars when it was fearless - before the Dark Lord came from Outside.’ (FR, 142)