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We're watching1 Ralph Bakshi's J.R.R.Tolkein's The Lord Of The Rings, and once again I'm struck by a thought that I get whenever I seriously consider this story.

The ring. The bloody ring. Throughout the story it is carried either in Frodo's (or some other Ringbearer's) pocket or on a cord around the Ringbearer's neck. Frodo and company are cautioned many times, at different parts, to the dangers of wearing the ring, showing off the ring, losing the ring, etc. And yet, repeatedly, Frodo and company use it, other see it, lose it (but recover it), etc.

Why, oh why, at Rivendell (or even the Shire) didn't Frodo, or one of his advisors, put the ring in a pouch, sew the pouch shut, and secure the pouch to Frodo's clothing or body, concealed under his outer clothing, difficult to lose, show off, or use.

1"Watching" means, for me, paying half attention whilst web-surfing. For skitten it seems to mean napping on and off on the couch.

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Nah, the much shorter story version I've seen involves them riding to Mount Doom on eagle-back after the Council at Rivendell.

The giant eagles are cool, but I don't know how well they would have stood up to the Black Riders on their winged mounts.

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