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Old 12-11-03, 04:53 PM   #1
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"Repressed hobbit homoeroticism"

I've read just about every ROTK review posted on the internet so far, and a handful of them have mentioned, in an otherwise serious context, the "homosexual" undertone of the hobbits. Here is one example, and I've seen it mentioned in about 3 or 4 other reviews.

Ok, I understand how it's sorta funny to imagine the scenario in a purely facetious way; those diary entries posted here a few days ago really cracked me up. But I just can't believe professional movie critics are putting this bullshit in their reviews. Maybe it's just society's current fascination with, and hyper sensitivity to homosexuality. If two men have a close relationship, they're obviously gay, right? Peter Jackson's intentions were NOT to hint at a sexual relationship between Sam and Frodo, and I'm pretty ****ing sure it wasn't Tolkien's either. But in this day and age, people can't seem to accept that two males can have a close, loving relationship purely as friends. Tolkien's purpose for the hobbits was to represent purity, innocence, and friendship. Making ridiculous statements like this in a professional review totally undermines the work of both Jackson and Tolkien.

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Old 12-11-03, 05:26 PM   #2
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Reading the Mount Doom chapter of the book clinched my position on this.
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Old 12-11-03, 06:51 PM   #3
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This isn't a symptom of society's current obsession with homosexuality, but rather the opposite. It's a relic of the days when homosexuality was hushed up, and so being able to find secret signs of it in the media (real or imagined) appealed to the adolecent side of all of us that finds sexual secrets luridly fascinating

Now that discussion of homosexuality is commonplace in the media, you'd think that reviewers would be able to move beyond the "I know a secret" s******ing and admit that not every single important relationship between human beings has to be primarily sexual.

(Do gay reviewers yammer on about the "repressed hetroeroticism" between the main characters of Will And Grace? Just wondering.)
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Old 12-12-03, 12:16 AM   #4
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Old 12-12-03, 01:29 AM   #5
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We talked about this in a big thread between FOTR and TTT....
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Old 12-12-03, 05:32 AM   #6
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I can't believe this is being discussed.
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Old 12-12-03, 11:00 AM   #7
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Well, towards the end of ROTK, there are 3 scenes in which I kept expecting Frodo and Sam to smooch.
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Old 12-12-03, 11:30 AM   #8
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I can't believe this is being discussed.
Why?
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Old 12-12-03, 12:15 PM   #9
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Re: "Repressed hobbit homoeroticism"

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I've read just about every ROTK review posted on the internet so far, and a handful of them have mentioned, in an otherwise serious context, the "homosexual" undertone of the hobbits. Here is one example, and I've seen it mentioned in about 3 or 4 other reviews.

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Old 12-12-03, 02:47 PM   #10
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(Do gay reviewers yammer on about the "repressed hetroeroticism" between the main characters of Will And Grace? Just wondering.)
Excellent! People need to get over the gay thing. Homophobia still dominates so many people it's insane.
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Old 12-12-03, 02:57 PM   #11
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Why?
Perhaps because it's so obvious so as not to even merit discussion?
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Old 12-12-03, 03:01 PM   #12
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Why?
Because everyone knows they are close friends. Is there something wrong with that? Sam is in love with Rosie anyway, so why is this even being discussed? Ridiculous.
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Old 12-12-03, 03:35 PM   #13
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Because everyone knows they are close friends. Is there something wrong with that? Sam is in love with Rosie anyway, so why is this even being discussed? Ridiculous.
No, everyone DOESN'T seem to know they are just friends. That's my whole point with this thread. Yes, common sense tells us that Sam and Frodo are just friends, but there are many critics who seem to think there is some hidden undercurrent of homosexuality. That's why we're discussing this.
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Old 12-13-03, 03:07 AM   #14
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Who are these supposed critics you speak of?? I guess Merry and Pippin are lovers too now. Oh wait, didn't Aragorn and Legolas touch each other on the shoulder and look into each other's eyes? I guess they're in love too.
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Old 12-13-03, 10:07 PM   #15
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They're no gayer than Siegfried and Roy!
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Old 12-15-03, 07:00 AM   #16
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Gee ... this seems like familiar ground. It's a mixture of friendship/bond between two guys, and people seeing/reading what they want to.
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Old 12-15-03, 07:44 AM   #17
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They're no gayer than Siegfried and Roy!


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Old 12-16-03, 05:44 PM   #18
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Everyone knows that in order for two guys to express their love for each other in a hetereosexual way they need to beat each other up...
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Old 12-21-03, 12:52 AM   #19
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Old 12-21-03, 12:59 AM   #20
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You should try reading the book. "gay" and "queer" are in like every other paragraph..
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Old 12-21-03, 09:40 AM   #21
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Intentional or otherwise, every interaction between Merry and Pippin in this movie was loaded with homosexual subtext. Not the kind of behaviour that explicitly confirms (or denies) that they're gay, but the kind of behaviour that makes it really, really easy to write slash fanfiction. (You guys are aware of the huge Lord of the Rings slash fanbase, right?)

I didn't really feel the same way about Frodo and Sam *shrug* I can kinda see it I guess, but it doesn't jump out at me the same way it did with Merry and Pippin. (As a side note, thanks to ROTK I finally know which one in the movies is Merry and which one is Pippin XD)

All these threads, and this is the only one I can be bothered to comment in It was a great movie, I think I'm still on too much of a high from it too much to comment on how much I liked it...
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Old 12-21-03, 08:24 PM   #22
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I agree, all of the scenes in all of the movies between Sam and Frodo seem very homoerotic to me. And it just isn't me, all my friends said the same thing.
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Old 12-21-03, 09:13 PM   #23
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I think people who see homoeroticism in LOTR are revealing a lot more about themselves than they are about the movie.
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Old 12-21-03, 09:38 PM   #24
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I agree, all of the scenes in all of the movies between Sam and Frodo seem very homoerotic to me. And it just isn't me, all my friends said the same thing.
Same here. It's fine if you don't see it, but its obvious that more then a few people do get a hint of homosexuality between them.
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Old 12-21-03, 09:48 PM   #25
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I do find it sad that loving and caring relationships between people equal sexual interest.

I guess Peter Jackson could have filmed the characters being indifferent towards each other as a way to prove they were not gay.

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