Zinn: One can always delight the little people with explosions.
Chomsky: As long as they're blowing up somewhere else. Now we come to Bilbo's disappearance. Again, we have to question the validity of the ring, and the magic powers attributed to it. Did Bilbo Baggins really disappear at his party, or is this some kind of mass hallucination attributable to a group of intoxicated Hobbits? When forced to consider so-called magic compared to the hallucinatory properties of a known narcotic, Occam's Razor would indicate the latter as a far more plausible explanation
Unused audio commentary by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky about LOTR
Recorded for LOTR Platinum series DVD, it,s a good, lively discussion by two lagendary human right activists, thinker & writer. Recorded in 2002, the conversation didn't make the final cut. Here for more