Why can men only show emotion in times of great stress?
'Cos women will think they're poofs if they do otherwise! I don't want a constantly weepy, oversensitive bloke around my neck! Gimme the strong, brash (or silent), burping, farting, drooling type anytime! They're more genuine. If you get one that reads, well it's a bonus. :D
To tell you the truth, I don't think that Tolkien gave a very accurate portrayal of men. Too many honourable & understanding males, fighting for the common good....but then it is fantasy... ;)