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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

'Brokeback Mt. Doom' -- BBM Meets LotR.....

Posted on 2006.03.04 at 11:38

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 Paulie
not_alone at 2006-03-06 21:55 (UTC) (Link)
I take it that you mean that it is up to the reader to receive the text the way she wants.

That's right. The first time I read the books (I started reading FOTR just before I saw the film, and finished all 3 during the week after seeing it) I never once considered the many instances of physical contact between Frodo & Sam as anything but friendship, it just didn't occur to me to think of it in any other way. At that time I was completely unaware of the existence of fanfiction/slash. Of course, once I started looking around the internet it wasn't long before I came across it and discovered that there were people who saw the F/S relationship very differently. When I reread the books, I could see plainly how easy it would be for anyone who wanted their relationship to be sexual to interpret all the instances of touching, embracing & kissing.

It would be a lie, though, to say the various visions of LotR(whether PJ's, my fanfic vision, or those of other fanfic writers) haven't coloured my reading of the book, they have

My experience has probably been very different to yours, having seen the films before reading the books. Even though I had read the first few chapters of FOTR, I somehow hadn't been able to put faces to the characters which is unusual for me - I've usually formed a picture in my mind immediately. Perhaps it was fate - because of what was just around the corner for me!! In a way I'm glad - because I've only ever had one Frodo in my mind - and whether I'm reading the books or fanfiction, its Elijah's beautiful face I see, and the same with all the other characters.
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