Shadow of the past
In this document, you will follow Frodo's terrible discovery when he understands that his fate is no bound to the ring's…
  • Places and Forms of Power
    • In this extract, we can see how the ring is attractive to Frodo. He feels attracted to it without really being aware of it. It shows that power can twist someone’s mind without being noticed.

    • Gandalf explains that he doesn’t want to get this power. He understands the evil that is within this ring and knows what would happen if he owned it. It proves his wisdom in a situation where many people would have accepted Frodo’s proposition. He fears to be unable to control himself with such a great power in his hands.

    • Through the story of the origins of the ring, we understand that a negative power can never be used for good. We also understand that it is necessary to know the consequences of a great power before accepting its burden. In other words, not everybody is capable of owning a great power.
  • Spaces and Exchanges
    • The whole extract is an exchange between Frodo and Gandalf. Frodo requires information from Gandalf to fully understand his role in what appears to be a quest or a mission. Frodo understand he will have to leave the comfort of his home to fulfill his destiny.

    • According to Campbell's Hero's Journey, this would be the meeting with the mentor in which the hero meets the character who will help him cross the threshold to the adventure.

    • This exchange is absolutely necessary to help Frodo understand his mission and makes us understand that some encounters are necessary to progress in our lives. We just never know when they're going to happen neither who is going to be our mentor.
  • Myths and Heroes
    • Frodo becomes the hero of his adventure. By accepting the quest of the Ring, he understands the importance of his role. According to Campbell, this would be the call to adventure, followed by the refusal of the call. Finally, Frodo accepts his part in the journey and can fulfill his heroic journey.

    • The whole story of The Lord Of The Rings is a typical myth. It was not intended to become one but follows each and every criteria that defines a myth. It deals with ancient traditions, it is shared by a large number of people, includes supernatural elements and teaches us important lessons about our own lives.