Whenever I think I've lost all hope in humanity...
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it's worth fighting for!
I recently got into LotR, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: someday, I want to find a friend as loyal to me as Sam was to Frodo.
but also I’d like to be the Samwise to someone’s Frodo
Behind the scenes of filming Elijah Wood’s very last scene as Frodo for Return of the King, where Peter Jackson kept asking for one more take so it wouldn’t have to be officially over :,) <3
It’s me. It’s your Sam. Don’t you know your Sam?
Gimli (from behind the wall): What's happening out there?
Legoas: Shall I describe it to you? Or would you like me to find you a box?
boil em, mash em, stick em in a stew
Beneath the roof of sleeping leaves
And the dreams of trees unfold
When woodland halls are green and cool
And the wind is in the West
Come back to me
Come back to me
And say my land is best
[Image: instagram photo featuring two DVDs from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers special extended edition set and queerio19’s feet clad in fuzzy striped socks]
[Image: dark blue photo of Gandalf of Lord of the Ring smiling slightly in white light. white text from littlelotrthings.tumblr.com says “GANDALF’S SMILE”]
[Image: screenshot from The Hobbit featuring several masculine characters. the quote below is in white at the bottom of the image]
I don’t mind that there are no female characters in The Hobbit. I don’t need a female presence to connect with the story and don’t really get why filmmakers constantly feel the need to insert them.
[Disclaimer: I know this is likely a submission and not necessarily representative of the lotrconfessions’ tumblr]
Uh, wow, ok. This is called misogyny or internalized misogyny. I personally do not agree with this sentiment AT ALL because almost half of the world is made up of women (or at least female-assigned-at-birth and/or feminine-identified people). It shows how screwed up Western culture and society is that the submitter things filmmakers “constantly feel the need to insert” female characters. If women make up about half of the world, shouldn’t they make up about half of the characters in all movies/books/stories? I don’t understand why it is perfectly acceptable and accepted that filmmakers and script writers feel the need to insert MEN/MASCULINE characters (because there are already an overwhelming majority of men characters, heroes, protagonists, antagonists, etc).
PERHAPS this is only a critique of the insertion of a character that did not exist in the actual book. I’ll admit I haven’t read The Hobbit and obviously I haven’t seen the movie and have only seen the trailer once - I gather from this and some other comments that a female character was created exclusively for the movie. IN THAT CASE - this critique should be considered a critique of literature, storytelling, and movie-making in general. What sort of structure or society do Westerners live in if people can make a big deal about the creation of a character? Why weren’t there an equal number of characters of different genders in the first place? Why was The Hobbit overwhelmingly filled with male/men/MAAB/masculine characters? Is that representative of the world (even if it is a fantasy world that doesn’t actually exist)?
To address the “I don’t need a female presence to connect with the story” part specifically - if the submitter identifies as a female, does this hypermasculine story represent things in your own life? Can you really connect with it on the same level as if it were more representative of aspects of your own life or identity? If the submitter identifies as a male, have you considered that other people may not be able to identify as closely to the story as you can?
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions of course. My opinion is that this sentiment is reflective of greater social ideals (for example: masculine is the ideal identity, masculinity is considered the best and most valued identity, masculinity is considered all-inclusive/all-representative). People, especially feminine-identified people, are raised with stories filled with men/boys/masculine heroes and characters and thus are taught to view the world through a masculine perspective. This male-as-the-default way of thinking is pervasive in a lot of aspects of Western life and can lead to thoughts like the ones expressed in the confession above.