A HERO’S JOURNEY
Frodo Baggins from The Lord of the Rings
The call for Frodo Baggins begins when Gandolf discovers that Frodo is in possession of the ring. Gandolf tells Frodo that he must go to Rivendell where he and Gandolf are to attend a council meeting. At the meeting, they must decide who will take the ring to Mount Doom to destroy it. After much controversy, Frodo willingly takes the job. The threshold of the story occurs when Frodo takes the job of destroying the ring accompanied by a fellowship that will follow and aid him in his journey. Most of the fellowship acts as Frodo’s mentor, but ultimately Gandolf is Frodo’s mentor, for he teaches him the most.
Throughout the story, Frodo goes through many trials such as battling orcs, giant creatures such as the barlog called Durin’s Bane, and wring wraiths. He goes through challenges involving physical and inner strength such as climbing mountains and going long distances. He also faces many temptations. He needs to cope with the power of the ring that slowly takes him over, making him never want to let it go. Sometimes he also becomes corrupt and has to choose the right path. An example of this is when Gollom convinces Frodo to leave Sam, his best friend, behind. This also leads us to the climax or abyss of the story when Frodo leaves Sam and is left with his possessed guide, Gollom, who deserts him, and leaves him to face Sheolab, the deadly spider.
Frodo almost goes through a double transformation. When Frodo is going to throw the ring into the fires of Mount Doom, he becomes totally possessed by it and does not wish to throw it in the fire. This is his first transformation. Lucky for Frodo, Gollum, who is also possessed by the ring, bites Frodo’s ring finger off and both Gollum and the ring, with half of Frodo’s finger, falls into the lava of Mount Doom. This event transforms Frodo into the nice, happy, young hobbit he previously was. Frodo now does not carry the burden of the ring any more,...
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