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Lord of the Rings: Frodo
Frodo Baggins is a survivor. A reluctant hero. A ring bearer. But most of all, he is a peace-loving hobbit.
Frodo would have preferred to live out a quiet life in his beloved Shire, but alas, it was not to be. Instead he has to carry around an evil mind-bending Ring of Power, get stabbed by a Ringwraith, fight orcs, put up with devious Gollum-types, get bitten by a giant spider, and attempt to throw said ring into a volcano before the thing completely takes over his mind.
Frodo's job sucks, but somebody's got to do it!
Three reasons to love Frodo Baggins
- He's pretty. OK, maybe not quite as pretty as Legolas, but he's got the big blue eyes going for him.
- He's studious. Not only has Frodo always been fascinated by the world outside the Shire, he's learned a bit of Elvish too. He's an unusually bookish hobbit.
- He's a survivor. He may have needed stalwart Samwise to lift his spirits and carry him during his weakest moments, but Frodo himself carried the Ring for a long time. He kept going and resisted its evil influence almost until the very end.
Frodo's Sword, Sting
"This sword is awesome and worth the $. It looks real, and it feels real in your hand. Even though the blade is composite/plastic, it looks like shining steel until you look closely and see that the edge is not sharp. Turn it on, and the blue glow appears to emanate from deep within the sword. The glow is completely even so it doesn't just look like someone put a light bulb inside a piece of plastic. The blade is reasonably durable, and the harder you hit things, the more "clanging" sound you'll hear. It actually sounds like what you image a sword might. A note of caution - and this should be expected; the instructions do warn you about hitting other hard items. I haven't been willing to experiment too much in this regard, but thus far I have not damaged the blade."
- Clyde Evans, Amazon Reviewer
"Bilbo, have you been at the Gaffer's home brew?"
Frodo Action Figure - Frodo Toy!
Look, it's Frodo Baggins--the action figure! With his cloak whipping in the wind and everything. Highly detailed and fully poseable, this Frodo would be a worthy addition to any Lord of the Rings paraphernalia collection.
- Bilbo Baggins isn't actually Frodo's uncle; he is Frodo's first cousin once removed as well as his second cousin once removed.
- Meriadoc Brandybuck is Frodo's first cousin once removed.
- Peregrin Took is Frodo's second cousin once removed.
- Drogo Baggins is Frodo's father.
- Primula Brandybuck Baggins is Frodo's mother.
It's hard to believe that a quiet, sensible hobbit like Frodo was something of a rascal when he was a boy. He used to sneak onto Farmer Maggot's property to steal mushrooms.
Frodo's parents died when he was only twelve years old. It was a boating accident on the Brandywine River. Drogo couldn't swim, but his mother Primula could. Exactly how they both managed to drown is something of a mystery.
There have been unkind rumors about the drowning incident. Some say that Primula pushed Drogo out of the boat and that he dragged her down with him. All a bunch of fabrications by idle hobbits who are known to spread false rumors.
Frodo spent most of his childhood in Brandywine Hall, the home of his mother's clan. It was very crowded, and Frodo probably felt out of sorts living there. He had no siblings of his own, though many fan fiction writers like to believe that Frodo was much like an older brother or uncle to his cousin Merry Brandybuck.
At age 21, Frodo was adopted by Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo made Frodo his heir, much to the consternation of the Sackville-Bagginses who expected to inherit Bag End after Bilbo's death.
From Bilbo, Frodo learned to speak a bit of Elvish. Bilbo also taught Frodo much of what he knew about Middle Earth's lore, and took the lad on long walking trips. Apart from his parents' untimely death, Frodo had a very quiet and mostly uneventful life before the Quest.
Was Frodo a Failure as a Hero?
There are those who say that Frodo is not a true hero, because he succumbed to the Ring's power in the end. He had a choice, and he blew it! Well, that's one way of looking at it. But I think the incident says more about the Ring than it does about Frodo.
Tolkien himself wrote about Frodo's failure in a letter: "I do not think that Frodo's was a moral failure. At the last moment the pressure of the Ring would reach its maximum - impossible, I should have said, for any one to resist, certainly after long possession, months of increasing torment, and when starved and exhausted. Frodo had done what he could and spent himself completely (as an instrument of Providence) and had produced a situation in which the object of his quest could be achieved. His humility (with which he began) and his sufferings were justly rewarded by the highest honour; and his exercise of patience and mercy towards Gollum gained him Mercy: his failure was redressed."
Frodo isn't a classic, warrior-like hero. He shows heroism through self-sacrifice, mercy, and strength of character. His first heroic act was leaving his peaceful, sheltered life in the Shire and striking out on the road to face danger.
Frodo could have let someone else worry about destroying the Ring. Instead, he volunteered to take the Ring to Mordor himself, though he knew it would be a treacherous journey.
Frodo kept going despite starvation, despite pain, and despite the powerful influence of the One Ring-- a Ring that even Gandalf was afraid to touch. Frodo showed great strength of character and willpower until the very end.
Frodo Baggins at the Party
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Ack, scary Ringwraith!
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