Ho Yay / Lord of the Rings

  • Lord of the Rings: From a contemporary standpoint, the relationship between Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee often goes way past mere friendship, or boss-subordinate. More prevalent in the novels than the movies, particularly Return of the King.
    • Come on. By the end of the film version of Fellowship, the urge to shout, "OK, we get it, they're friends and love each other" at the screen was nigh overwhelming.
      • Lampshaded, amazingly enough, in this TBS ad that ran when the film was making its TV debut.
    • In fact, when Sam is battling Shelob to save Frodo, Tolkein specifically describes him as having the ferocity of a wild animal defending its mate.
    • Since almost all of the characters are men, some can find Ho Yay all over the place. It was even mentioned in Lord of the Fans.
      • This troper agrees with the above: when I went to see Return of the King, there were lots of morons in the theater. Among them were some saying every character was gay, from "Sam is bisexual" (after he returns to Rosie), to "the queer elf". (combining a movie that doesn't end—among other flaws—with such a traumatic screening, I never tried watching it again)
    • Not to mention the "great love that grew between Gimli and Legolas", quote from Return of the King. Seriously. Yes, it's highly, extremely unlikely that the word "love" is meant in anything other than the platonic sense. No, this troper doesn't care, given the way they warm up to each other during the course of the books. They then travel Middle-Earth together and end up sharing a boat bound for Valinor. Heterosexual Life-Partners at the very least.
      • Sure, it's Legolas and Gimli in the novels. But the love belongs more to Legolas and Aragorn in the films.
    • Ralph Bakshi's animated adaptation had a very blatant scene for Frodo and Sam, see it for yourself at 5:30, and the comments... dear God the comments...
    • Oh, and let's not forget how Sméagol addressed Déagol as my love, and how Déagol mentioned giving Sméagol "more than he could" on his birthday.
    • Not to mention Pippin and Merry. Yeah, they're cousins, but IIRC Merry's wife Estella was also his cousin. Pippin also married, but that doesn't stop the fans from seeing ho yay. After all, the two tend to stay as close together as possible, when they are separated it's like some sort of tragedy, and after the war they not only buy a house together and stay there for as long as they can, they also left the Shire together to go off and die with the humans, leaving wives and children behind. Although it's notable that while Merry and Pippin are joined at the hip from their first second on-screen in the movies, in the books the closeness isn't apparent until later. In fact, it's actually Merry and Frodo who seem to be the bestest buds in Fellowship, and if IIRC Merry even lived with Frodo for a while after Bilbo left.