But, I like your thoughts that he may belong in an asylum
I agree: Tom is a mystery. He is a spirit, and I don't think he's anything less than Maia. He is a spirit of nature, but let's not forget the Valar (and some of the Maiar) represent the forces of natures themselves: I've always seen Osse as the raging storm on the see.
He couldn't be Iluvatar and I think Tolkien introduced Tom in his world exactly for this purpose: to puzzle. I mean, Men always want a clear answer and explanations to every little thing. I guess Tom Bombadil is just Tolkien's way of telling us: some things are beyond our understanding, so we should just let them be.
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