I love Tolkien's works, especially LOTR and mostly enjoy every word. However, there are a few passages (very few, indeed) that I find irritating. Here's one: The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter IV, A Journey In The Dark. The Company have arrived at the hidden doors of Moria. All dislike the unclean pool. Boromir throws a stone into the pool. This is Frodo's response: "Why did you do that, Boromir? said Frodo. I hate this place, too, and I am afraid. I don't know of what: not of wolves, or the dark behind the doors, but of something else. I am afraid of the pool. Don't disturb it!" This passage causes me to raise my eyebrows, shake my head and grimace! Frodo says he's afraid but doesn't know of what. Then he says he's afraid of the pool.