Essay about Comparing Beowulf and Froto Baggins

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In literature it is common for authors to borrow elements of a different story and make it their own. In “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”, Tolkein follows the hero’s journey and uses many concepts found in the poem, Beowulf. Beowulf is an ancient English story of the king of the Geats, Beowulf. Beowulf is a superhuman King that’s fights magical creatures in hope of being remembered. In “Lord of the Rings”, A young hobbit, Frodo, is given the great responsibility of protecting an evil ring until it can be destroyed. Because Tolkein was a Beowulf scholar, elements of Beowulf are depicted in “Lord of the Rings”. Both protagonists, Frodo and Beowulf, are similar by how they receive their call to adventure, their strength, and …show more content…
This quote shows that Frodo has refused the call to adventure. Upon refusing the call Gandalph raises his voice and orders Frodo to take the ring out of the shire. Frodo, a timorous hobbit, then obeys Gandalph and sets out on his journey. Beowulf and Frodo are much alike in that they both possess a tremendous amount of strength. Both characters strength deals with overcoming great odds whether it be fighting of a magical monster, or resisting the great power of a ring. Although they both possess a remarkable amount of strength, their strength comes in different forms. First, Beowulf is a strong noble king who has a reputation for being able to fight off monsters. Beowulf’s strength can be measured as superhuman. “Greater/ And stronger than anyone anywhere in this world” (Beowulf 110-111). This quote explains how Beowulf is the strongest person in the world. The great king fights with brute force and relies on fate to bring him to victory. Unlike Beowulf, Frodo does not have much physical strength. Frodo therefore fights with strength from within. An example of Frodo’s astonishing interior strength is that he is the only being that can resist the evil power of the ring. The ring changes everyone that encounters it. However Frodo carries the ring around his neck until the end of the journey.
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