Gender Warriors of Yore Preface: Then from Rivendell onwards, we hear the Fall versions: Instead, this world comprises a fellowship of nine single men all bound to each other by their solemn word, with the bond of Frodo and Sam at its core. All The Kings Men: For a book that is supposed to be devoid of adult sexuality, The Lord of the Rings has always elicited strong reactions focusing on sex. Stimpson declares, "[u]nlike many very good modern writers, he is no homosexual"
Found lacking in his representation of women and heterosexual relationships, Tolkien does not satisfy on other counts either.
Neither of these extremes usually recognizes that the Frodo-Sam relationship reflects a historically contingent mode of British male friendship that belongs to the First World War.