Gollum (the Left) and Precious (Obama)
No one can accuse me of not owning my slowness. I have admitted more than once that I am slow on the uptake. Well, today when it all came to me I could do nothing but LMAO! I know I am like a petulant toddler when it comes to discovering things on my own. I have no shame in that confession. Although I can see all the pop culture-ish stuff around me unfold in real time, I like getting to it when I get to it. Perhaps, I humor myself in believing it is a way for me to control my intake, and not the man behind the curtain.
Currently, I am listening to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the 1981 radio broadcast re-released on audio CD in 2002. Of course, The Lord of the Rings has been around for years. I remember in the early seventies when one of my older brothers, my father, and my mother was making such a big deal about reading The Hobbit. I just rolled my eyes and wondered what could possibly be a Hobbit and why should I care. They were overjoyed with themselves for having read the trilogy before reading The Hobbit. By the way, if you have any type of commute you really should be taking advantage of audiobooks. I know I’ve suggested this before, but honestly it is such a wonderful use of that time. Many audiobooks can be borrowed from the library and downloaded on an MP3 or Ipod. Some audiobooks can be downloaded directly from the library’s site, or listened to from the actual CD if you have access to a CD player, such as in one’s car.
Anyway, all the battle stuff is, blah blah blah blah Son of blah blah, king of blah blah, great warrior of blah blah blah…..LOL! Someone’s name sounds like the spider’s name in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Aragog or Aeron or something along those lines. Honestly, when the radio broadcast plays certain instrumentals during battle scenes and marches, it briefly sounds like a MUSICAL! Lord of the Rings, the Musical. But, the story is really about the Hobbits. Those Hobbits, —Halflings. What would ol’ Frodo do without Sam? Incidentally, a very young Bill Nighy does the voice of Sam. I just happened to see him (also very young) playing an academic brother to a Nazi SS brother. The movie did not hold my attention after the first Jewish professor was beaten up so I changed the channel. In this Lord of the Rings broadcast, it takes a lot of close listening to hear that it is Bill Nighy. His voice is not as recognizable as it is now. This recording was obviously done before he perfected his physical stammering for effect technique that is his trademark, —or at least it is for me.
Now, I cannot bother extending my analogy further than Gollum as the Left and Obama as Precious, so don’t expect much. I suppose if I did, the Hobbits would be the people on the left who did not want Obama. No, that does not work because then it would mean the Hobbits dispose of the ring (Precious) and that is not true. Well, I’m not sure if Sam and Frodo are successful or not, not yet anyway. I just started the first disc of The Return of the King. Sam has just found Frodo after he was paralyzed by Shelob (she sounds sort of like a spider) and taken by the Orcs to the Tower of Cirith Ungol. No way, the Hobbits could be the Republicans.
Don’t you just love it when people get all evil and demand the ring. Bilbo showed his ass when he didn’t want to part with the ring at the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring. Sheesh. Frodo gets all Bilbo-ish about the ring when he finds out Sam has it after Sam rescues him from the Orcs.
That Gollum (also known as Sméagol), he has made the narrative worthwhile with all of his fishes-es and Precioussss, split personality and his extreme defensiveness when called “sneaky.” There is no feeling sorry for him. He is straight up an evil bastard. I caught myself for a split second not appreciating Sam putting that rope around Gollum and then I remembered how Gollum originally came by the ring.
On Sméagol’s birthday, he and his relative Déagol went fishing in the Gladden Fields north of Lothlórien. There, Déagol found the Ring after being pulled into the water by a fish. Sméagol demanded it as a birthday present and strangled Déagol when the latter refused him. Sméagol accordingly used the Ring for thieving, spying and antagonizing his friends and relatives.
What a great guy.
And if that is not bad enough, Gollum takes Frodo and Sam to Shelob hoping that once she eats them all gone she will puke the ring (his precious) and he will get it back. That’s why it is so damn funny that Anglachel (I think she was the first person to dub Obama, Precious) calls Obama Precious. Gollum (the left who supported Obama) have the nerve to call themselves the Creative Class. As if. The people who can stand back, view the larger picture and see how the Josh Marshall’s of the world are Gollum and Obama is Precious who are truly creative.
Again, I am sorry for being slow, but that analogy is some funny shit.