FRODO BAGGINS is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien\'s
legendarium , and one of the main protagonists of The Lord of the
Rings . Frodo is a hobbit of the Shire who inherits the
One Ring from
his cousin (referred to as his uncle)
* 1 Concept and creation
* 2 Internal history
* 2.1 Background
* 2.2 Family and relations
The Fellowship of the Ring
* 3 Adaptations * 4 See also
* 5 Notes and references
* 5.1 Notes * 5.2 References
* 6 External links
CONCEPT AND CREATION
Frodo did not appear until the third draft of A Long-Expected Party
(the first chapter of The Lord of the Rings), when he was named Bingo
(after a family of toy koala owned by Tolkien's children), son of
Frodo is introduced in
The Fellowship of the Ring
FAMILY AND RELATIONS
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
The Fellowship of the Ring
Realizing that he was a danger to the Shire as long as he remained
there with the Ring, Frodo decided to leave home and take the Ring to
Rivendell , home of
Frodo and his companions escaped the Black Riders by travelling through the Old Forest , but they were misled by the magic of Old Man Willow until they were rescued by Tom Bombadil , who gave them shelter and guided them on their way. After leaving Bombadil, they were caught in fog on the Barrow Downs by Barrow-wights and were entranced under a spell. Frodo broke loose from the spell, attacked the barrow-wight and summoned Tom Bombadil, who again rescued the hobbits and set them on their way.
At the Prancing Pony , an inn in the village of Bree , Frodo received a delayed letter from Gandalf , and met Aragorn , also called Strider, a Ranger of the North . The One Ring slipped onto Frodo's finger inadvertently in the Prancing Pony's common room, turning Frodo invisible. This attracted the attention of Sauron's agents, who ransacked the hobbits' rooms in the night. The group, under Aragorn's guidance, quickly fled through the Midgewater Marshes and again escaped the Nazgûl.
While encamped at
Amon Sûl , they were found and attacked by five
Nazgûl. The chief of the Nazgûl, known as the
Witch-king of Angmar
In Rivendell, the Council of
Having then travelled some miles down the
THE TWO TOWERS
Frodo and Sam made their way through
Emyn Muil , followed by the
The three of them passed near to
Minas Morgul , where the pull of the
Ring became almost unbearable. There, they began the long climb up the
Endless Stair, and at the top entered the tunnel, not knowing it was
the home of the giant spider
THE RETURN OF THE KING
Sam rescued Frodo from the Orcs of Cirith Ungol. After a brief
confrontation in which Frodo became enraged that Sam had taken the
Ring, Sam restored the Ring to him. The two of them, dressed in
scavenged Orc-armour, set off for Mount Doom, trailed by Gollum. They
witnessed the plains of Gorgoroth empty at the approach of the Armies
of the West, but at one point they barely escaped being drafted into
an Orc-band. With the Ring getting closer to its master, Frodo became
progressively weaker as its influence grew. After running out of
water, they left all unnecessary baggage behind to travel light. As
they reached Mount Doom,
After reuniting with the Fellowship and attending Aragorn's coronation as King of Gondor , the four hobbits returned to the Shire to find it taken over by a gang of ruffians, led initially by Frodo's cousin, Lotho Sackville-Baggins , and then by the fallen wizard Saruman . The four travellers roused their fellow hobbits and led them in driving the ruffians out. There they witnessed the deaths of both Saruman and his henchman Gríma .
Frodo never completely recovered from the physical, emotional and
psychological wounds he suffered during the
War of the Ring . He was
taken ill on the anniversaries of his wounding on
Weathertop and his
poisoning by Shelob. He briefly served as Deputy Mayor of the Shire,
but spent most of his time writing the tale of his travels. Two years
after the Ring was destroyed, Frodo and Bilbo as Ring-bearers were
granted passage to
Valinor — where Frodo might find peace. They
boarded a ship at the
Grey Havens and together with Gandalf, Elrond
and Galadriel, the Keepers of the
Three Rings , they passed over the
sea and departed Middle-earth. Having no children of his own Frodo
left his estate, along with the
Red Book of Westmarch
According to Appendix D of The Lord of the Rings, Frodo’s birthday
was made a festival in
" The Sea-Bell " was published in Tolkien's 1962 collection of verse The Adventures of Tom Bombadil with the sub-heading Frodos Dreme. Tolkien suggests that this enigmatic, narrative poem represents the despairing dreams that visited Frodo in the Shire in the years following the destruction of the Ring. It relates the otherwise unnamed speaker's journey to a mysterious land across the sea, where he tries but fails to make contact with the people who dwell there. He descends into despair and near-madness, eventually returning to his own country, to find himself utterly alienated from those he once knew.
CHARACTERISTICS AND APPEARANCE
Gandalf described Frodo as "taller than some and fairer than most, a cleft in his chin: perky chap with a bright eye." He had thick, curly brown hair like most other hobbits, and had fair skin due to his Fallohide ancestry.
Bilbo and Frodo shared a common birthday on 22nd 'September', but Bilbo was 78 years Frodo's senior. At the opening of The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo and Bilbo were celebrating their thirty-third and one hundred and eleventh birthdays, respectively. Frodo inherited the Ring at this point, and due to its influence he still appeared about 33 during the War of the Ring, though his age was closer to 50.
Frodo, like Bilbo and his Took ancestors, was considered by many
When the hobbits were waylaid by the
Barrow-wight , they found long
daggers made by
Dúnedain in the wight's treasure. These served as
short-swords for the hobbits, but Frodo's was broken when he resisted
the Witch-king at the Ford of
Like other members of the Fellowship of the Ring , Frodo received in Lórien a special cloak from Galadriel , which allowed him to blend in with natural surroundings. Galadriel also gave him a vial that reflected the light of Eärendil , the Evenstar, (and, by extension, of the Two Trees of Valinor ).
He was very compassionate, pitying
The influence of the Ring and the wound by the Morgul-blade, along with subsequent healing by Elrond, had seemingly combined to give him the ability to see into the spirit world; he sees faraway events in dreams on several occasions. He also can see the ring of power worn by Galadriel.
In Gondor, Arwen Evenstar gave him a white jewel on a silver chain, saying that if the memory of his dark journey and his painful wounds continued to trouble him, he could depart to Valinor for a time. The book states that he "wore always a white gem like a star, that he often would finger."
NAMES AND TITLES
Frodo is referred to by several names and titles. On leaving the
Shire he uses the alias "Mr Underhill".
Gildor Inglorion calls him
"Elf-friend" in acknowledgement of his ability to speak Elvish. After
the Council of
Frodo is the only prominent hobbit whose name is not explained in
Tolkien’s Appendices to The Lord of the Rings. In his letters
Tolkien states that it is derived from
Old English fród meaning "wise
by experience". A character from
Norse mythology called
In the early drafts of The Lord of the Rings the principal character is called Bingo Baggins; the name Frodo is given to another hobbit. In the drafts of the final chapters of The Lord of the Rings published by Christopher Tolkien as Sauron Defeated , Gandalf names Frodo Bronwe athan Harthad (Endurance Beyond Hope) after the destruction of the Ring. Tolkien states that Frodo’s name in the fictional language of Westron was Maura Labingi. His name in Sindarin (another of Tolkien's invented languages) appears to have been Iorhael, which is derived from ior meaning "old" and hael meaning "wise". In The Return of the King he is also referred to by the name Daur, a Sindarin word meaning "noble" (or perhaps "Wise by experience," if it means the same as "Frodo" does.)
Ralph Bakshi 's animated version of The Lord of the
In the 1980
Rankin/Bass animated version of
The Return of the King
In the 1993 television miniseries Hobitit by Finnish broadcaster Yle , Frodo is played by Taneli Mäkelä.
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) directed by Peter
Jackson , Frodo is played by American actor
On stage, Frodo was portrayed by
James Loye in the three-hour stage
The Lord of the Rings , which opened in
NOTES AND REFERENCES
* ^ Although Frodo referred to Bilbo as his "uncle", they were in fact first and second cousins, once removed either way (his paternal great-great-uncle's son's son and his maternal great-aunt's son).
* ^ The Return of the Shadow, Vol. VI in The History of
Middle-earth, p. 28–29.
* ^ The Return of the Shadow, p. 36–37.
* ^ The Return of the Shadow, p. 309.
* ^ The Return of the Shadow, p. 267.
* ^ Josselyn (20 September 2013). "Frodo\'s Family Tree". Frodo
Forever. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 5
* ^ The Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter 10, "Strider"
* ^ Tolkien, Christopher. The History of Middle-earth, Volume XII,
The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Appendix on Languages", pp. 48, 50.
* ^ The name Frodo (referring to Sam's son) appears as Iorhael in
the tengwar version of the King's Letter to Sam. Christopher Tolkien,
The History of Middle-earth, Volume IX,
Sauron Defeated, "The
Epilogue", pp. 117, 126, 128, 130, 131.
The Return of the King