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
Bilbo Baggins and undertakes the quest to destroy it in the
Mount Doom . He is also mentioned in Tolkien's posthumously
* 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 Bilbo Baggins and Primula Brandybuck. In the fourth draft, he was renamed Bingo Bolger-Baggins, son of Rollo Bolger and Primula Brandybuck. Tolkien did not change the name to Frodo until the third phase of writing, when much of the narrative, as far as the hobbits' arrival in Rivendell , had already taken shape. Prior to this, the name "Frodo" had been used for the character who eventually became Peregrin Took .
Frodo is introduced in
The Fellowship of the Ring
FAMILY AND RELATIONS
Frodo and Meriadoc Brandybuck are first cousins once removed , since Frodo is first cousin to Meriadoc's father, Saradoc Brandybuck. Their common ancestors are Gorbadoc Brandybuck and Mirabella Took Brandybuck . Frodo is moreover second (through her paternal grandfather Hildigrim Took) and third (through her paternal grandmother Rosa Baggins) cousin to Meriadoc's mother, Esmeralda Took. Frodo is also related to Peregrin Took , being his second and third cousin once removed (Peregrin's father, Paladin Took is, like his sister Esmeralda, second and third cousin to Frodo, as explained above). Even Fredegar Bolger (through his mother Rosamund Took) is second cousin once removed to Frodo. Frodo also shares a close relationship with his gardener Samwise Gamgee although they are not related.
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 Elrond , a mighty Elf lord. He left the Shire with three companions: his gardener Samwise Gamgee and his cousins Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took . They escaped just in time, for Sauron's most powerful servants, the Nine Nazgûl , had entered the Shire as Black Riders, looking for Bilbo and the Ring. They followed Frodo's trail across the Shire and nearly intercepted him.
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 , stabbed Frodo with a Morgul-blade , before Aragorn routed all five of them with fire. A piece of this blade remained in Frodo's shoulder and, working its way towards his heart, threatened to turn him into a wraith under the control of the Witch-king. With the help of his companions and Glorfindel , Frodo was able to evade the remaining Ringwraiths and reach Rivendell. Although almost overcome by his wound, once there he was healed over time by Elrond; it was said and later seen that the wound would never completely heal, however, as it was as much spiritual as physical.
In Rivendell, the Council of
Elrond met and resolved to destroy the
Ring by casting it into
Mount Doom in
Having then travelled some miles down the Anduin by boat, the Fellowship reached Parth Galen . There, Boromir, having fallen to the lure of the Ring, tried to take it by force from Frodo. Frodo escaped by putting on the Ring and becoming invisible. This event broke the Fellowship; Boromir was later slain defending Merry and Pippin from invading Orcs, who captured the two hobbits. Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas gave him a hero's funeral before setting out after the two hobbits. Frodo chose to continue the quest alone, but Sam followed his master, joining him on the journey to Mordor.
THE TWO TOWERS
Frodo and Sam made their way through
Emyn Muil , followed by the
Gollum , who had been tracking the Fellowship since Moria,
seeking to reclaim the Ring he had possessed for centuries. After
Gollum attacked the hobbits, Frodo subdued him with Sting. He then
took pity on Gollum, and spared his life (just as Bilbo had done in
The Hobbit), instead binding him to a promise to guide them through
Dead Marshes to the Black Gate , which
that there was "another way" into Mordor, and Frodo, over Sam's
objections, allowed him to lead them south into
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 Shelob . Gollum hoped to deliver the hobbits to her and retake the Ring from her leavings. Shelob stung Frodo, rendering him unconscious, but Sam drove her off with Sting and the Phial of Galadriel. After attempting unsuccessfully to wake Frodo, and unable to find any signs of life, Sam concluded that he was dead and decided that his only option was to take the Ring and continue the quest. However, Orcs from Cirith Ungol soon found Frodo's body and knew that he was not dead. Planning to interrogate him after his awakening, they carried him into the tower at the head of the pass.
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,
Gollum reappeared and attacked Frodo, who
beat him back. While Sam fought with Gollum, Frodo went on to Sammath
Naur within the volcano, where
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
Lotho Sackville-Baggins , and then by the fallen wizard
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 , to Sam.
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 Bruinen . Later, Bilbo gave Frodo Sting , a magic Elvish dagger, and a coat of mithril chain mail . The mail saved him from injury or death on four occasions, deflecting a spear-point and an Orc-arrow in the Mines of Moria , another Orc-arrow along the Anduin, and finally Saruman's knife at Bag End. Frodo wounded the Barrow-wight and a cave troll , but never killed anyone.
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
Gollum and allowing him to guide
him and Sam to
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 Elrond he is given the title "Ring-bearer". After the fulfilment of the quest bards call him "Nine-fingered Frodo" or "Frodo of the Nine Fingers", as Gollum had bitten off his finger to take the Ring from him.
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
In the early drafts of
The Lord of the Rings
Ralph Bakshi 's animated version of The Lord of the
Elijah Wood as
In the 1980 Rankin/Bass animated version of The Return of the King , made for television, the character was voiced by Orson Bean , who had previously played Bilbo in the same company's adaptation of The Hobbit .
In the 1981
In the 1993 television miniseries Hobitit by Finnish broadcaster Yle , Frodo is played by Taneli Mäkelä.
The Lord of the Rings
On stage, Frodo was portrayed by
James Loye in the three-hour stage
The Lord of the Rings
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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. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
* ^ 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,