June 11, 2007

Obsession of the moment: David Louis Edelman revisits "Lord of the Rings"

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David Louis Edelman, author of the Campbell Award-nominated Infoquake, has just finished revisiting JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy and writing a series of essays about it for his blog (here's part 1, part 2 and part 3); they're pretty fascinating, in that it's the first time he's re-read the series since the Peter Jackson film version (which he admits he loved and has seen multiple times, but is still troubled by); the essays concentrate a lot on these subjects, in fact, of what fans of the books should ultimately think of the movie versions and vice-versa, as well as how a fan of Tolkien explains and lives with some of the weaker and odder examples of both the storyline and the author's writing style. Plus, you can't really beat a guy who posits that the "master and servant" relationship between Frodo and Sam mirrors the relationship between "tops" and "bottoms" in the gay community far more than Tolkien ever realized; now there's a piece of analysis you're not going to see very often in the academic community. Anyway, it's definitely worth a look for anyone out there who is a fan of either the books or the movies, and preferably both.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 8:39 AM, June 11, 2007. Filed under: Literature | Literature:Nonfiction | Profiles |