The Fellowship of the Ring Formal Essay
Frodo and Aragorn possess similar qualities, according to Joseph Campbell’s definition of a hero’s journey, in that they both have a common world, the Shire where Frodo lives comfortably before being forced to leave and the wandering life of a Ranger that Aragorn prefers, along with a call to adventure, as Gandalf the Grey advises Frodo to go on a quest towards Rivendell to find council while also seeking Aragorn’s help in the search for Gollum. However, only Frodo has a supernatural aid, Gandalf, therefore making him the true mythic hero.
Frodo and Aragorn have a certain lifestyle that they are most comfortable and familiar with. The region of the Shire is the only home that Frodo has ever known, where he feels protected and sheltered from the unknown outside world and the trouble brewing outside of its borders. One of his favorite pastimes is celebrating “very lively combined birthday-parties at Bag End” in honor of his own and his elder cousin Bilbo’s shared birthday with lots of “songs, dances, music, games, and, of course, food and drink” (21, 27). Even after Bilbo leaves permanently, much to Frodo’s dismay, he is still too attached to his home and finds that being “the Mr. Baggins of Bag End was rather pleasant…[and he] was quite happy and did not worry about the future” (42). Frodo enjoys living in Hobbiton with his kin so much that he does not have the heart to leave it at first. He is very fond of the Hobbit life and culture because it is this society that has nurtured him ever since he was born. Likewise, Aragorn has an environment that he has been accustomed to for many years. Butterbur Barliman, the innkeeper of the Prancing Pony, refers to him as “one of the wandering folk” and Frodo notices his “high boots of supple leather that fitted him [Aragorn] well, but had seen much wear…[and] a travel-stained cloak” (153). This style of clothing depicts Aragorn, upon...
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