|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Wednesday, December 04, 2002
What I found objectionable was the Moria scene where the party is attacked by orcs. Boromir looks out the door, comes back in, and sneers, "They have a cave troll."
One of the problems with LOTR is the layer of crud that has built up on top of it, generated by decades of posters, Dungeons and Dragons, video games, and imitative books and movies. So even though the book was unique during its time, it now appears to be laden with the hoariest cliches: The wizard with the long beard, the short and stocky dwarf, swords and scorcery.
Boromir's line contributes to the problem. In real life -- and LOTR did try to imagine real life from the point of view of its unlikely characters and milieu -- anyone, even a fierce warrior, would see that cave troll and say "Oh shit, a cave troll!" Or, to be less like Adam Sandler and more like Gandalf:
Boromir, by contrast, sounds like a teenager playing Dungeons and Dragons. His speech could logically be extended: