Frodo Baggins: The Everyman Hero
Frodo Baggins is the main character in the book The Lord of the Rings. There are three books and they were all made into a movie around 2001-2003. The books were written by J. J. R. Tolkien and the movies directed by Peter Jackson. Frodo is a 33 year old hobbit, a smaller version of a human. They are typically around 4 feet tall and have an average life expectancy of 130 years, making Frodo fairly young. Frodo inherits the “One Ring”, created by the dark lord Sauron, from his uncle Bilbo and is sent off a journey to destroy the evil within it.
The Mundane World
Hobbits make their in a small part of the western half of Middle-Earth that they refer to as the Shire. The Shire is a small countryside type area and is unknown and unseen by the majority of the rest of Middle-Earth. Frodo is living the typical life of a young hobbit, reading, fishing, and basically relaxing. He dreams of going on far off adventures, like the ones his uncle took, but appears to be forever stuck in the slow pace of the Shire.
The Call To Adventure
As Frodo’s uncle Bilbo prepares to leave on his final journey he leaves all of his possessions to his friends and family. He leaves his home and most of everything to Frodo including a strange magic ring. A friend of Bilbo, Gandalf the wizard, notices that this is the “One Ring” of the dark lord Sauron. Frodo is sent on a wild chase away from the evil creatures called Nazgûl, who were sent by the spirit of Sauron to search for the ring to restore him to power. Frodo is joined by three other hobbits (Sam, Pippin, Merry) and one human (Aragorn) as they flee to the elf city of Rivendell. Once they arrive a meeting is called between the elves, men, and dwarfs as to what should do with the ring. They decide it must be destroyed but that can only be done in the fires of Mount Doom. So the question comes about, who can resist the temptations of the Ring and carry it into Mordor? Frodo steps up and volunteers as he is the only one unaffected by the greed instilled by the Ring. The other heroes at the form the “Fellowship of the Ring” and they set out to escort Frodo on his dangerous journey.
Crossing The Threshold
The idea of crossing the threshold can be seen as Frodo takes off out of the Shire. Immediately he is faced with new challenges and new adventures. He has left his world of safety into a place where little is known of hobbits and where Frodo knows little about anything. The moment he leaves his home in the Shire Frodo’s life is changed forever and he begins to realize there is no returning.
The Path of Trials
Frodo is not much of a hero in his attributes or characteristics, but his journey is one of hardest imaginable to the typical epic hero. Shortly after he leaves the shire the Nazgûl catch up to his posse and Frodo is stabbed in the chest by one of their poison blades. He is later chased through the abandoned great halls of the dwarfs where is eventually stabbed in the heart, again, by a giant saved only by his armor shirt. After several encounters with hordes of evil creatures he eventually reaches the gates of Mordor. It is now just Frodo and Sam left as the fellowship has gone its separate ways to fight different battles and buy Frodo time. Frodo and Sam attempt to sneak into Mordor through a cave, where Frodo is bit by a giant spider again in his chest. He awakens and was freed by Sam. They continue though Mordor unseen and make it Mount Doom. This is where Frodo’s final challenge awaits him… Does he succumb to the power of the ring and keep it, or end all evil by destroying it.
Master of Two Worlds
Frodo is really, in a way, a master of many worlds. He interacts with men, elves, and dwarfs eventually uniting them to fight the forces of Mordor. He is responsible for carrying the Ring which takes the wearer into an unseen almost spirit world where Sauron’s spirit is waiting to find his ring. And eventually after the Ring has been destroyed and Middle-Earth is free of evil Frodo sets off with the elves as they are leaving to return to their original homeland. Off again on a new adventure in yet another new world.