Lord of the Rings, by PG Wodehouse
"Sam, I've decided to go and overthrow the Dark Lord by tossing his jewellery into a volcano."
"Very good, sir. Should I lay out your crazy adventure garb? I presume that this will pose a delay to tea-time. I would remind your Hobbitship that your Great Aunt Lobellia Sackville-Baggins is expected for tea."
"Blast! I say, bother! How can a chap overthrow the Dark Lord? I suppose I will have to delay my campaign."
"Very good, sir. I believe you will be free in about a decade."
"I'll do it then. Make a note, Sam."
Lord of the Rings, by James Joyce
Old man willow, whistling like a tea pot, shining like a star, oh so brilliant in the dreaming and smoke and by the river, Goldberry's river, dancing like a vision, Bombadil, Bombadil, Bombadillo. Rock of ages, youg and ageless, naked before my eyes like Rivendell Rock, sweet and hard and trusting....
The Lord of the Rings, by A.A. Milne
"What we're going to do," said Frodo, "is we're going to go on an expotition."
"Ooh" said Pippin, "what will we discover?"
"We're not going to *discover* anything, Pippin, we're going to *undiscover* uncle Bilbo's old ring."
"CAN you undiscover things?" asked Sam. "Discovering doesn't seem to be a thing you can UN-, if you know what I mean."
"Sam", said Frodo, sharpening his pencil, "You haven't any brain."
You mean, they've - gasp! - adapted the novel? And are including women?!? The horror!However, the Tolkien Estate cannot do anything about the way New Line adapts the books. In the new Hobbit movie, for example, the audience will discover characters Tolkien never put in, especially women.
"Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time," Christopher Tolkien observes sadly. "The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has overwhelmed me. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing. There is only one solution for me: to turn my head away."
Considering he has been a personal part of The Hobbit and LotR from the beginning and his personal attachment to the material, I can appreciate his frustration of his vision versus everyone else's.
I never quite got The Lord of the Rings. I tried The Hobbit when I was in high school and it didn't take. Even then, I leaned toward more realistic literature than fantasy. Although, I loved a particular sci-fi book (can't remember the name) where a guy made clones of himself and he explored the possibility of having sex with himself. It was strangely alluring. Made me think I was a pervert or something. I returned it to the library and tried to forget I ever read it.