The Lord of the Rings
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Stephen Hearts eNFj dunno |
remember what your heart is for
The Lord of the Rings is really about the stark truth that you can never quite go home after The Journey; that arc of separation, completion and return. There are scars that simply won't heal. Wounds that will never close, memories that will follow you until you die. And all you can do, in the end, is get on the boat with Gandalf the White and leave everything you knew and loved behind. Because the world you once called home cannot accommodate you anymore. It cannot accommodate the weight of your sins, the things that you've seen and the sadness that they bring with them.
Frodo ends his arc not resembling the prototypical Hero character -- like Aragorn -- but rather, the tragic bard or poet. He is wounded existentially and eternally, metaphorically and physically. He chooses to write the words of his adventure, as his uncle once did, in the hopes that he will find some solace in it. But like time, his words cannot heal him. The wounds are too deep, too baked into the DNA of who he is and who he is not. All the Fellowship Hobbits go through this to some degree, but each assimilate back into the world. Sam fashions a new home from the remnants of the old one through his desire to build a family. But Frodo can't. Why is that?
The truth of the matter is, the ring was not destroyed because Frodo was of sound and calm enough mind to cast it into the flames - he wasn't. The ring was destroyed because Bilbo was kind and humble enough to give it over in the first place.
And this contributes to the tragedy of Frodo's character. He is different from the other Hobbits from the get-go. Frodo has a deeply romanticized view of what it means to be a Hero. He has internalized it and wants to walk the path so badly that he goes there and back again. And it is precisely because of this that he fails. His desire to be the ""Hero"" is the very roadblock that prevents him from becoming one.
All of this to say, there's something very Type 4 about where Frodo ends up. Frodo takes some degree of pride in being different from the other Hobbits. He is in love with this image of Heroism that existed in his Uncles stories. But he fails to live up to this, and he is eventually wounded beyond all repair because of it.
2018-05-04 06:24:07am (post #106)