Frodo and Sam: more than just friends?

SamfrodoMystery solved! This is why I’ve had that sappy 1985 Atlantic Starr hit “Secret Lovers” (“How could something so wrong be so right?”) in my head for a week. It’s the music in a new TBS promo I saw recently that suggests that Lord of the Rings characters Sam and Frodo were gay lovers, not just devoted, muddy, platonic hobbits. Some think the promo is hysterical; others say it’s downright blasphemous. There has to be some in-between. It’s pretty funny, but why do men always have to be called gay if they have solid friendships? It was not an issue for these guys. Not everything is about sex. What is this Brokeback Mountain-ing of everything lately?

—Posted by Celeste Ward