The Lord of the Rings, one of the best-selling books of the 20th century and a classic of fantasy literature, increased the ranks of its fans when The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring hit theaters in 2001 – 91%, the first part of the trilogy directed by Peter Jackson that marked a before and after for the genre. The relationship of the hobbits Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) is the heart of the films, and behind the fidelity and love that Sam had towards his “lord”, many wanted to see a homosexual love, and although not there is evidence that the author had that intention, there are clues in the books that could give us the answer.
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In addition to the excellent article by Molly ostertag, “Queer readings of The Lord of the Rings are not accidents”, published by Polygon in July, a fan of JRR Tolkien has used the social network TikTok to publish a series of videos entitled “Those hobbits are gay” (those hobbits are gay), which she describes as “the series where I read passages from The Lord of the Rings and you try to give a heterosexual explanation.”
In one of the episodes of “Those hobbits are gay” the TikToker reads a fragment of The Fellowship of the Ring, of the moment in which Sam sees that Frodo wakes up after spending several days in recovery in Rivendell by the wound of King Witch:
At that moment there was a knock on the door and Sam entered. He ran to Frodo and took his left hand, awkwardly and shyly. She stroked him gently and then she blushed and hurried away.
Hello Sam! said Frodo.
‘It’s hot!’ Sam said. ‘I mean your hand, Mr Frodo. It has felt so cold during the long nights. But glory and trumpets! ‘ he yelled, turning around again with sparkling eyes and dancing on the ground. ‘It’s okay to see you awake and being yourself again, sir!’
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Why did Sam blush? Asks the creator of the TikToks. That scene also appears in the movie, although a little different. In cast comments (via Digital Spy) actor Ian McKellen (Gandalf) revealed that he told Astin not to forget to hold Wood’s hand in that scene, as fans would take it well.
Another chapter of “Those hobbits are gay” deals with a moment in The Two Towers in which we can find out what Sam was thinking when he saw his partner sleep:
Frodo’s face was calm, the marks of fear and care had left it; but it looked old and old and beautiful, as if the chiselled years of shaping were now revealed in many fine lines that had previously been hidden, though the identity of the face had not changed. Not that Sam Gamgee told him that way. He shook his head, as if the words seemed useless, and murmured, ‘I love him. He’s like that, and sometimes he shines, somehow. But I love him whether I want to or not. ‘
In another video he narrates a fragment of The Return of the King, when both hobbits meet on the slopes of Mount Doom, and Tolkien says that Sam “tried to console Frodo with his arms and body.” If people cannot see the homoeroticism in this, we recommend that they watch the rest of the videos of the user @an_avocadoo on Tik Tok.
Even the actor Sean Astin He told a fan last year that Frodo and Sam should have kissed, and that maybe they did. That doesn’t prove it happened, but it does show that even those involved in the movies are more outspoken than many fans who refuse to accept queer interpretations of The Lord of the Rings.
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