John the Baptist, Melchizedek, and the Tom B…

I have a real soft spot — who doesn’t? — for ‘problem characters’ of the Tom Bombadil variety, whose introduction threatens to jostle the very premise they’re being introduced to. This does not include ‘problem characters’ of, say, the Boba Fett variety, who only become threatening as a result of unpredictable audience attachment after the fact, rather than in-the-moment, either on the screen or within the text. Nor does it include problem characters of the

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