Temptation in the Fellowship of the Ring

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“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them,” (55). The One Ring controls Gollum, Bilbo, Boromir, and Frodo in attempts to return to Sauron, Its Creator, the Lord of the Rings, and the utmost evil present in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels. But the Ring never achieves Its goal because each character possesses a unique set of skills which resist the evil temptations of the Ring. Gollum is the first victim of the Ring, with no knowledge of Its powers or guidance away from Its control. Bilbo is the second ring bearer, with an almost complete knowledge of the Ring’s power still has difficulty resisting the Ring’s temptation. Gandalf guides Bilbo to constantly resist the evil of the Ring. …show more content…
He became sharp-eyed and keen-eared for all that was hurtful,” (58). Gollum only got more evil the longer he had the Ring, forming more bad habits. “They kicked him, and he bit their feet. He took to thieving, going about muttering to himself, and gurgling in his throat,” (58). After his grandmother expelled him from the family Gollum was lonely except for the company of the Ring. With no one to talk to, he began to depend solely upon the Ring, searching only for more power because, “The Ring had given him power according to his stature,” (58).
Bilbo’s knowledge of the Ring was limited but quickly he became attached to Its powers, luckily Gandalf was around to help Bilbo resist temptation. “’It is mine, I tell you. My own. My precious. Yes, my precious,’” (35). Gandalf warns Bilbo of the Ring’s powers telling him, “It has got far too much hold on you. Let it go!” (35) and “Stop possessing it,” (37). But Bilbo often has a hard time resisting the Ring, “’It has been so growing on my mind lately. Sometimes I have felt it was like an eye looking at me. And I am always wanted to put it on and disappear, don’t you know, or wondering if it is safe, and pulling it out to make sure,” (36). Gandalf threatened Bilbo to give up the Ring because he had complete knowledge of Its powers. “He [Gandalf] took a step towards the hobbit, and he seemed to grow tall and menacing,” (36). The Ring possessed Bilbo so strongly than giving up the Ring was even
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