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:: Friday, December 12, 2003 ::

Hobbit sexuality?

Reviews are out for next week's Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which is supposed to be an Oscar-worthy finale to an epic trilogy. Some reviews, like this one, haven't been so kind. I found amusing and disturbing (both at the same time!) the following from the review:

"Oddly, though there are a couple of misty love scenes, and one bruising kiss, there is something peculiarly homoerotic in Jackson’s trilogy. Some of this can be put down to good old-fashioned fellowship between the pretty boys, but the relationship between the Hobbits, particularly fat Sam and saucer-eyed Frodo, is played like a teenage crush. "I can’t carry it for you," says fireman Sam to Frodo. "But I can carry you."

The Hobbits are the most adolescent of the creatures, and hence the most vulnerable, but Frodo finds himself on a relentless journey towards maturity, which takes him away from his true love. Near the end, when he goes to Another Place, Frodo observes: "Dear Sam, you need not always be torn in two." In the next scene, Sam is seen behaving in a ruggedly heterosexual manner. "

:: SL 6:44 PM [+] ::

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