Thursday, March 3, 2011


One thing that I was writing about in one of my freewrites today was the importance of friendship in the Lord of the Rings. This thought came to me the other day when almost all of our thesis statements had to do with Frodo and Sam deciding to trust Gollum and follow him. Frodo at least to some extent trusts Gollum, but Sam does not. However, Sam's trust in Frodo was strong. He was resolved to stay with Frodo and it's obvious that he respects Frodo and his choices. Today we were talking about hopelessness too, and I thought that this tied in nicely. Frodo and Sam really are in a hopeless situation; they have noone they can really trust besides each other. This friendship really emphasizes the importance of support, and how much it can mean. Friendship can overcome all of the evil, terrible, and hopeless situations they were in, and ultimately, this friendship is a main driving force in the destruction of the ring.

And this isn't the only friendship that is made very important in the Lord of the Rings. There are so many different relationships in which Tolkien shows the real importance of companionship.

1 comment:

Luthien said...

Yeah - I agree that friendships are super important! Something brought up in a freewrite was the effect that being separated had on Merry and Pippin, who were best friends. Both began to feel like they were in the way all the time or were just useless baggage.

Pippin was able to make friends with Beregond's son in Minas Tirith, and that helps to raise his spirits a lot. Merry is shown kindness and friendship by the mysterious Dernhelm, and that makes him feel like he's finally doing something worthwhile, like he's even going to go help fight for the survival and triumph of his hobbit friends. Friendships give a sense of purpose in LOTR, especially in ROTK.