I must have read The Lord of the Rings at least 20 times in my formative years. I greatly enjoyed the film trilogy (despite several unnecessary changes to the plot), but it left me wondering the same old question:
Couldn't they have saved themselves an awful lot of hassle if Frodo had caught a lift off the eagles in the first place?
Another thought then occurred to me:
Strange how those Mordor locations don't appear in any New Zealand tourism advertisements.
Postscript: Oops! Probably should have said spoiler alert.