The only true intimacy in the book occurs between the men, after all, and to ignore that fact is to ignore one of key components of why The Lord of the Rings is so emotionally satisfying, especially to young men. It disappoints me that in the second book Frodo, Sam, and Gollum part doesn't come until the end.
The initial review in the Sunday Telegraph described it as "among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century".
In one of his letters Tolkien states, "The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision.
That is why I have not put in, or have cut out, practically all references to anything like 'religion', to cults or practices, in the imaginary world. Then, you see reviews where people complain "oh it's too boring" or "this book is long winded" and you can only tell them how wrong they are.
I find his writing to be very interesting, and I do understand others have their opinions as well. And I must criticize the elements of The Lord of the Rings that make me uncomfortable and deserve no praise. The first one is long and you will want to give up but the second and third are truly amazing.
I can't get through the books because of that. I love The Lord of the Rings even though I subscribe completely to the post-colonial criticism, and see the merits in both the feminine and queer criticisms, not to mention the countless other criticisms and subtexts that are floating around.
They are not perfect.