If you know anything about The Lord of the Rings then you know who Frodo Baggins is, and if not, here’s a quick synopsis:

 

The plot of these movies is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The ring itself, having great power, is referred to as the one ring to rule them all—them all meaning, those who hold the other rings of power. Sauron (the bad guy) is set on coming for the ring. Long story short, the character known as Frodo volunteers to take the ring up Mount Doom to be destroyed. Sam, his faithful companion, helps him overcome the great odds of this dark adventure.

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A Trivial Pursuit?

Andrew and I decided to watch this series, once again, after I suggested that we have a game of Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit. We both figured watching the series, to refresh our memories, was a good plan. It also gave us something to enjoy together.

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(Even Sheya wanted to play.)

Debates

Normally I don’t debate, but apparently there’s an exception to my rule–that is, when the cause is worthy, and I know that the other person is willing to hear me out and even bend given a decent rebuttal. Andrew’s my husband. He knows me and takes me seriously, so he’ll also take what I say to heart.

Heros

Our debate began after we completed the series, when my hubby said that Sam was the true hero.  I disagreed. I felt that they were equally heros. So as my husband gave me his reasons, I felt that he was being too hard on Frodo.

Okay, so it’s just a movie, but this time through I could relate to Frodo. Frodo was under great strain and burden from the time he began carrying the ring. Through most of the third movie, Frodo looks as if he’s at death’s door. It wasn’t a glamorous role.

Andrew saw Sam as the true Hero because Sam saved Frodo and carried him when he wasn’t physically able to go on any further.  He also wasn’t too impressed that Frodo succumbed to the power of the ring.  He felt that others had resisted its power, including Sam. I reminded him that Frodo carried the ring around his neck for a very long time, whereas Sam only had the ring for a short time. It might seem trivial, however, to me we weren’t just talking about the movie.

Feeling Like Frodo

When I realized why his perpective was upsetting me, I explained that I could relate to Frodo. I wasn’t defending Frodo, I was defending myself and anyone who’s been struggling up “Mount Doom.”

When I feel as though I’m looking like Frodo, I’m sure everyone is looking at me in the same way that Andrew was seeing him: as a bit of a worthless character.

I would love to be more like Sam, and in fact I can be a little of both of these Hobbits depending on the day or the season. Sometimes, however, just as the ring wore heavy on Frodo, things also can weigh heavy on me. I can’t carry the weight on my own. I need my own Sam. (Sams even.) We all do.

Sam absolutely is a hero, but so is Frodo because he never gave up.  He did succumb to the power of the ring, and yes, he even sent Sam away part way up the mountain. In the end Frodo even wanted to keep the ring for himself.  It was destroyed, but only because a fight broke out between Gollum and Frodo which accidentally sent the ring into the fires of Mount Doom.

Frodo finished his quest, but he didn’t finish so well. (I’m fiesty, so I am fighting to finish well.)  However, if Frodo hadn’t pitied Gollum, he may have killed him instead of showing him mercy, and they’d have had no one to guide them up the mountain. Likely their mission would have failed.

Lastly, Sam was never so keen on Gollum, and nearly killed him. So Sam had his rough patches too. In fact, Sam grumbled quite a bit right from the beginning of their adventure, as Frodo smiled and told Sam to think of better things. It took teamwork to complete the quest and destroy the ring.

Andrew’s Apology

When Andrew understood why I was so upset by his perspective, he apologized for making me feel as if he were beating me up. He also apologized again first thing the next morning.

I never asked for an apology.  I wasn’t hurt.  I was being over-protective, as always. I’m more protective of others than I am of myself, so how he sees things matters to me.

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Another Perspective 

Here’s another way of looking at this dark adventure. If you see Sam more like Jesus, then Andrew is absolutely right; Sam would be the true hero. So, depending on how you look at things, I guess we both win this debate.

Jesus saves us. (Ephesians 2) He carries us when we’re weak (Isaiah 46:4) and He offers to carry the weight of our burdens just as Sam did. (Matthew 11:22) He also comes after us (Again, as Sam did) even when we reject Jesus’ help, as Frodo did when he told Sam, “You can’t help me anymore, Sam.” (Matthew 18:12-14)

Jesus also helps us make it up our mountains (Jeremiah 32:17), and He is a faithful friend right to the end.  That’s right, just as Sam was to Frodo. (Proverbs 18:24)

We all have our mountains to climb, and we don’t always look so pretty as we’re doing it, but Jesus gives us the victory.  The glory has been given to all of us in Christ Jesus. Because we share the same purpose and Spirit, we should also stand united, whether it’s united as a couple, a family, or united as the church, so that the world may believe, and will know what we know. ❤  Perspective matters. Understanding the mission (or quest) matters too.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave methat they may be one as we are oneI in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. –John 17:20-23 ❤

 

 

8 thoughts on “As One: Our Debate About Frodo Baggins

  1. Very intriguing post! I have not seen the movies. But I love the way you have brought them to life in the post. And I especially appreciate that you recognized WHY you felt the way you did. That is difficult for us to do in the moment. And so sweet of your hubby to apologize!

    1. Thank you! Yes it IS difficult. Actually there was a moment when our conversation nearly turned into a fight because I was getting emotional. That’s when I realized, oh, maybe I should explain what’s going through my head. It totally changed the mood. Yeah, clear communication is so important. It’s so easy to take things the wrong way. It was indeed sweet of him to apologize even though it wasn’t necessary. Thanks for the comment Bridget! ❤

      1. True. There are always those adjustments from book to screen. Andrew always points them out too. I never read the series. I did read the Hobbit though. Andrew has read the trilogy and the Silmirilian.

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