J. R. R. Tolkien

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J. R. R. Tolkien

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aug 17, 2006, 8:26pm

Talk about the battles from the Tolkien books! Their knights rock!

aug 21, 2006, 8:37pm

I've only read the Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit. I love Frodo, but him and Sam seem like gay hobbits sometimes! I was watching the third movie, and Sam hugs Frodo, and my mom goes, they're, like, gay hobbits! It was so funny!

aug 31, 2006, 5:04pm

I always wonder how much Tolkien drew from his own battle experience during WWI in order to write the battle scenes in LotR.

aug 31, 2006, 9:20pm

That would help, knowing about battles, battle plans and the like. Maybe he replaced guns and bullets with bows and arrows, or something like that......

Redigeret: sep 5, 2006, 3:23am

I think the fact that going to war is not at all about glory and getting your name immortalized in a song, rather that it's terrible and wasteful and gutwrenching and people never come away unscarred (facts that the hobbits learn the hard way), was probably drawn from JRRT's own experience. Not very many of his former chums came back from WWI at all.

nov 7, 2007, 4:59pm

I like the contest between Gimli and Legolas. You can tell that it’s not really about beating each other at the game; it’s really a strategy to get them both through battle alive. They treat a very heavy situation like light fun—which isn’t easy to do. Battle is rough, but you have to make it through if your best friend is counting on you not to win the game. What good is gloating that you scored more kills than someone if they’re not still around to feel belittled? Cheers to the dwarf and the elf!