The LastBestAngryMan and I had an extended chat about what Lord of the Rings might look like if it was written by a contemporary fantasy author.
- It would be 18 books long, and counting.
- Legolas would be a gay vampire trying to redeem himself by joining the Fellowship.
- Saruman would be renamed "Gorlax the Malevolent" to keep readers from getting confused.
- Every peripheral character would be shoved to the forefront and given plotlines. Everybody at the Council of Elrond...Erestor, Galdor, Glorfindel, Gloin...would have their own chapters.
He's compiled the full Top 25 here.