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The Lord of the Rings Presentation

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Jonah Dunch

on 14 January 2013

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The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien is an epic saga that shows the power of the meek and humble to defeat the forces of evil. The story follows the hobbit Frodo, among other characters, as he journeys toward the Black Land of Mordor to destroy the One Ring and vanquish the Dark Lord Sauron. Humility Persistence Mercy Frodo and Sam show great resilience when facing the trials that rise up against them. Numerous times on their journey, the pair are driven to exhaustion, surviving on little food. At one such point, Frodo is trapped in the enemy fortress of Cirith Ungol. Sam (his gardener and companion), despite being depleted of strength, brings himself to trek towards the tower and confront the evils within, saving his master. When scaling Mount Doom near the end of the quest, Frodo, being gnawed by the will of the Ring, gives up the pursuit. However, he immediately remembers the great responsibility that he had been charged with, and so crawls, feebly but resolutely up the mountainside. The virtues/themes emphasized in the book: Gollum, the creature referred to in this clip from the movie adaptation of "The Fellowship of the Ring", is the former owner of the Ring. It poisoned his body and mind, and so by the time his "precious" is taken from him by Bilbo Baggins (Frodo's uncle) in "The Hobbit", Gollum is a wretched, evil being utterly mastered by the Ring. Gollum, after being tortured, reveals the owner (Baggins) and location (Shire) of the Ring to Sauron, prompting Frodo's frantic escape from his homeland. In light of the above, Frodo originally wishes that his uncle had killed Gollum when the time had been opportune (the second clip), but the wise wizard Gandalf the Grey thinks differently. He believes that Gollum has a greater role to play in the drama of the War of the Ring, and that the people of the world (even the greatest) cannot rule the fates of their fellow men (or hobbits, for that matter). It is found that Gandalf's prediction was correct, for at the climactic moment in which Frodo chooses to keep the Ring for his own, Gollum seizes it from him and tumbles down into Orodruin's mouth. Right after the Ring is consumed in flame, Frodo comments, "do you remember Gandalf's words: Even Gollum may have something yet to do? But for him, Sam, I could not have destroyed the Ring. So let us forgive him! For the quest is achieved, and now all is over." And so the mercy of Bilbo is rewarded. In "The Lord of the Rings", Tolkien illustrates that often the small and humble are more impervious to the corruption of evil than the proud and powerful. Frodo Baggins, and hobbits in general, are the former. Indeed, the books stress that Frodo's position as a lowly halfling is what makes him suitable to bear the Ring, rather than a great [guy]. Even the wise wizard Gandalf does not dare take charge of the thing, stating that "With that power I should have power too great and terrible . And over me the Ring would gain a power still greater and more deadly." He continues,"...I do not wish to become like the Dark Lord himself." There are multiple situations in the series that resemble what Gandalf describes: Boromir, a nobleman of Gondor, lusts after the Ring. Although on the surface he desires it for the good of his homeland, his inner want for greater power, is lain bare to Frodo when Boromir petitions him for the Ring, and then in desperation tries to take it from him. Another example is Saruman, head of the order of Wizards. He was sent to Middle-Earth by the Valar (Guardians of the World) to watch over its lands and peoples, keeping darkness at bay--but never with force or evil means. However, in his pride he turns to wicked ways, breeding vast armies of orcs and making war with those he once counseled and protected. Frodo and his companion Sam avoid such fates, for despite the wild fantasies of "Samwise the Strong, Hero of the Age" planted in their minds (particularly Sam's, in this case) by the Ring, their/his "plain hobbit-sense" keeps them steadfast. As is written in thje book: "he [Sam] knew in the core of his heart that he was not large enough to bear such a burden...The one small garden of a garden was all his need and due". And thus the humility of the least renowned of peoples triumphs over even the malice of The Enemy and his One Ring. The End A Prezi by Jonah Dunch
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