Sunday, March 20, 2011

Leadership in LOTR

Throughout LOTR, but especially in The Return of the King, Tolkien works to make sure his readers examine the question of what makes a good leader. What are the qualities of a leader Tolkien seems to want us to admire most? What characters seem to be the best leaders? Which are the most effective leaders? Are the best leaders always the most effective ones or not? What other models of leadership might Tolkien be thinking about as he develops his characters? Aragorn is clearly a leader, but is Frodo a leader or not?

Answer any or all of the above questions, using as many specific examples as possible to support your point.

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