Frodo's intimate friendship with Sam

Philippines
July 29, 2011 3:23pm CST
Hey guys, as some of you may know, I am conducting a survey regarding the depictions of bromance in literary texts and films. The purpose of this study is to help define bromance structurally. In order for me to do this, I have to ask questions regarding your views on certain characters' whom the web and other people suggest are into bromance. The need to define bromance is very important seeing that a lot of times, especially among men, people distance themselves from intimacy thinking that it may mean they are gay or be falsely labelled as such. Through my study, I am hoping to present bromance structures that would help people identify with and say "oh my friends are doing this, so maybe there's really no need to worry about". My thesis is entitled Gender Communication of Bromance Through Selected Literary Texts and Films. Initially, gender communication is just perception or a first-hand observation on physical level, without having to know personal backgrounds/back-story of those people involved. I need your perceptions without having to delve greatly into history. Think of it as seeing people for the first time and observing the way act or relate to each other. Anyway, my question revolves around Frodo and Sam. If you have read or seen the movie, we all know how close these two people are. Frodo is actually the employer of Sam, who is his gardener. My question: Is it apparent to you that these characters are into bromance? Or at least intimate on the friendship level? If so, will you be willing to indulge with a bromance with your boss/ superior? Or is bromance only relegated to individuals who are involved at a professional level? Why or why not? Thank you guys. A lot of you have helped out so much already. Anything you could give me will be of great help.
2 responses
@Mayuko (1272)
• United States
4 Aug 11
Also, I saw your correction on your question. I think it might be better if you wrote a response to this question with your correction.
• Philippines
4 Aug 11
Yeah thanks for the heads-up. Truthfully though, when I first realized the error, I didn't have to option to edit my original post. And, what's weird, I didn't even have the ability to respond to my own post seeing that I was the poster (which would kinda make sense)--I know, go figure. I had to wait for someone to post before I could reply.
@Mayuko (1272)
• United States
4 Aug 11
I hate the phrase "bromance". It's a portmanteau of the words "bro" and "romance" so it sounds like a phrase that should mean the two men involved are in a romantic relationship... I haven't seen or read Lord of the Rings, but from what I've seen, Frodo and Sam seem to be quite close. I would say they're close friends. I don't know what bromance is really supposed to mean, so I couldn't answer that. Usually, I wouldn't imagine or expect a boss and employee to have a close, intimate friendship. There is supposed to be a certain level of professionalism between the two. Exceptions would be if they knew each other before they became the boss, or employee, or are in an informal work environment, as opposed to an office, or other professional workplace.