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  • Jeremy Robinson
    Intertesting thread on the Frodo-Sam relationship. Fundamentally, I don t think Tolkien was interested in sex at all in LOTR, and most of his other works. It
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31, 2001
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      Intertesting thread on the Frodo-Sam
      relationship. Fundamentally, I don't think
      Tolkien was interested in sex at all in LOTR, and
      most of his other works. It just doesn't figure
      (hence the filmmakers injecting some into the
      movie via Liv Tyler's elf babe). Frodo, though,
      has the hallmarks of a stereotypical melancholy
      introspective gay outsider character, familiar
      from a lot of modern fiction, from Andre Gide
      onwards. But, really, it doesn't make any
      difference to anything if it's gay or sexual or
      not. You can interpret the novel 20 million ways,
      like any text.
      It's odd that some people think there might be
      summat to learn from the Frodo-Sam relationship,
      as if the depiction of male-male friendship in
      this flick were anything new in cinema. In fact,
      it's probably *the* prime relationship in cinema,
      over and above heterosexual romance, in countless
      buddy movies, cop movies, gangster movies, action
      movies, thrillers, Westerns, etc etc etc (the
      male-male relation can be extended to the
      father-son relationship, which's the key
      relationship in 'Fellowship', as in the 'Star
      Wars' movies, or 'E.T.', or 'Back to the Future',
      or whatever).
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