Monday, February 28, 2011
Servant or Peer?
Frodo and Sam develop a close friendship as The Lord of the Rings progresses, but their relationship begins as a master/servant one (Sam is Frodo's gardener). How does the text play off this relationship? How does Tolkien remind us of this relationship throughout the narrative? Would the story be any different if Sam and Frodo were peers, or are they peers by the time the Fellowship breaks or by the end of the last book?