In spite of being the first person from Cornwall known to operate a computer (or Cabinet Of Magical Pixies And Quintapeds as they are known beyond the river Tamar), well, I say computer. What actually happens in Cornwall is they goes to the Cancer research shop in Redruth, they buys an old broken child's typewriter (preferably that great Nottingham brand 'Petite'), sticks a bit of string to the back of the typewriter and sticks the other end to the back of the TV, set it to CEEFAX and hey presto! A modern computer.
I digress, anyway, The Peanut has hit upon a valid point in between his angry, incoherent rants at the superior education of us Midlanders. Actually, I was quite impressed that Peanut had mastered the comments section at all, as in Cornwall, they only had one book to read learn from which was passed from school to school on a strict rota. Cornish people did use quill pens, admittedly mainly for tickling the demons out of the insane (people from Exeter, probably).Anyway, to return to the point in hand, like The Peanut, I don't get the fuss over Tolkien either, the films were pretty good, but that was more due to the efforts of Peter Jackson rather than old JRRRRR.
The problem is Tom Bombadil. Every time I have tried to read Lord of the Rings, I reach the section with Tom and have to stop because he makes me so angry.
I know that Tom Bombadil meant to be a comic character, a "spry fellow, with a quick, playful wit", but his mode of speech is even more annoying than Jar-Jar bleeding Binks.
There is only so much "Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo! Ring a dong! hop along! fal lal the willow! Tom Bom, jolly Tom, Tom Bombadillo!" you can take before you reach for your side arm. He is of no earthly use, less use even than C3P0 which is saying something. Bombadil is just so bloody annoying, and it sounds like his wife is really fit, which pisses me off even more. In my head, I imagine a cross between Bill Oddie and Tony Robinson. Can you imagine? Can you? Really?
Anyway, Jackson cut him entirely from the trilogy. For that, I thank him, it made them watchable.