Starr Keshet writes: I once knew this really cool geek girl who adamantly refused to watch Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. 

She also repeatedly turned up her nose at Ralph Bakshi’s animated version of the hallowed classic. Her reasoning? Both Jackson and Bakshi strayed from the official Lord of the Rings canon. In her mind, the LOTR text was literally Holy Gospel, written by the Apostle J.R.R. Tolkien. On geek girls and Lord of the RingsAs such, so-called “loose” interpretations of the Book and sweeping omissions were utterly intolerable. For example, those familiar with Tolkien’s greatest work know both Bakshi and Jackson declined to include Tom Bombadil (aka Iarwain Ben-adar) in their respective films. More..