The Theme Of Characterism In Fellowship Of The Rings

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Fellowship of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien is perhaps one of the most famous books ever written, and for good reason. The book is innovative, compelling, and repeatedly has you wondering what’s next. It’s main character, Frodo Baggins, goes on a journey that by the end of the book has still yet to be completed. In The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien shows that a hero must keep his desire to complete his goal no matter what, through Frodo’s temptation to return home, the road of trials, and refusal of action.

Frodo shows the theme of sticking with your goal no matter what, through his choice to continue with his journey to destroy the ring, despite his temptation to return home. When the Fellowship is stuck in the middle of the blizzard at the start of their journey, Gandalf explains that “We still have our journey and our errand before us,” and says that “We have no choice but to go on, or to return to Rivendell,”(Tolkien, pp. 287). Some of the group wants to return to Rivendell, while the rest of the group wants to keep going. Ultimately, since Frodo is the ring bearer he exclaims “I wish I was back there, but how can I return without shame unless there is indeed no other way, and we are already defeated,”(Tolkien, pp.287). This comes to show that even though the chance of them completing their journey is slim, Frodo decides to keep going and to complete the task they set out for. This step in the story is the hero’s temptation to return home and it helps the
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