I’ve read time and again that the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (which is actually not a trilogy, but one massive book published in 3 parts) has all kinds of allegorical content and contains a lot of stuff Peter Jackson had to leave out of the movies. Well, they’re certainly right about Mr Jackson leaving material out of the movie. I’m on page 160 (reading during my lunch breaks) and I’d have to say that roughly 90% of what I’ve read does not appear in any form in the movie. I’m about a little less than halfway through the first book (in the size they’ve printed) and the main characters JUST got to The Prancing Pony. I think this happens in the first 10 or so minutes in the movie. And what a great idea to cut all that chaff was!
I have absolutely no idea how the Lord of the Rings became such a revered book amongst the fantasy crowd. Tolkien appears not to have had an editor, or perhaps his editor was a pushover. If I were his editor I would certainly have made him remove the stupid chapter and a half about Tom Bombadil. This chapter does not further the story in any way and just leaves you with the same feeling as when you thought you’d be getting lucky to realize that your girl was only wearing the sexy panties because everything else is in the laundry basket. I kept reading thinking that Tom Bombadil would drop some bombs about some key part of the story or that the Black Riders would show up and tear his place apart and kill his wife. Oh, and the insufferable singing! It didn’t even make any sense! What’s with everyone speaking in the third person? Eric doesn’t like that.
And the hobbits are always breaking into song. One could be forgiven for thinking that Peter Jackson would have make Lord of the Rings the Musical. They sing songs about everything from travel, to hotels, to taking baths. And I’ve found out more about hobbit genealogy than I ever cared for.
Interestingly, the relationship between Frodo and Sam doesn’t seem to have the same sexual overtones that it does in the movie. And, I’m pretty sure Peter Jackson didn’t do that on purpose. It just came out so ridiculous that TBS had everyone almost literally rotfltao when they had a commercial for their broadcast of LoTR featuring clips of Frodo and Sam and the song “Secret Lovers”.
At any rate, this is mostly a rant about how slow-going this book is. Had it not had so many decades of reputation to rest upon, I would have probably returned the book to Borders and not even attempted to finish. Then again, I found the movies really boring, so perhaps the Lord of the Rings just isn’t for me. Ironically, I’m loving Terry Prachet’s Discworld series which is, partly, a parody of the Tolkien universe.